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12 Best RV & Motorhome Fireplace Reviews

⭐ BEST OVERALL ⭐🥈 RUNNER-UP 🥈💵 BEST VALUE 💵


DIMPLEX Electric Fireplace, Black
R.W.FLAME A-36" Electric Fireplace Insert ,Recessed Electric Stove Heater,Touch Screen,Remote
Dimplex 25” RV Electric FireplaceR.W.Flame 36” Electric Fireplace InsertCrane 12.5” Mini RV Fireplace

Why do most modern RVs come with an electric fireplace pre-installed? It’s because they provide safe heating, they’re beautiful to look at, and they give off a cozy ambiance that’s both warm and welcoming. But the best thing? They’re affordable. We reviewed the top 12 RV electric fireplaces to find the absolute best. We considered price, flame settings, and warmth in our decision making process.

⭐  BEST OVERALL  ⭐

Using its patented LED flame technology, Dimplex is able to produce realistic, color-rich flames that can be customized to any color you like. You can either choose from a preset of color themes or you can cycle through the prism mode for a more customized approach.

Directly below the flames are handcrafted inner-glow logs which have been molded from real wood logs with casting resin. The surrounding embers glow and pulsate, giving it an unmatched look of realism and authenticity.

This fireplace isn’t just for show – it also has a lot of power under the hood. With the use of a ceramic heating element, it’s capable of heating a 400 sq/ft area while the front glass remains completely cool to the touch, making it safe for both children and pets.

To top it off, it comes with a remote that allows you to view temperature and timer settings on the floating LED display in the top right corner.

Dimplex is one of the best manufacturers in the business, and this fireplace showcases what they’re capable of. With lifelike flames and a powerful heater, it’s a stylish and modern way to heat your RV.

Note: View manual here.

Key Features
✅ Fully customizable flame color
✅ Cool to the touch (child and pet safe)
✅ Remote control
✅ On-screen temperature display
✅ Handcrafted inner-glow logs

Front Dimensions (W x H): 26” x 18.38”
Cutout Dimensions (W x H x D): 23.88” x 18.13” x 7.63”
Model Number: DFR2551L
Wattage: 1500
Heat Output: 5118 BTU

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Housed between two side brick walls and a tempered glass faceplate, the R.W.Flame features a set of faux burning logs and realistic flames with five color modes, speeds, and brightness levels. Our favorite setup is a blue flame with red logs. We find that it pairs well with the minimalist frame to give it a more modern look and feel.

You can control the flame settings, heat, and timer manually with the integrated touchscreen panel or from a distance with the remote control. Choose between low heat, high heat, or ‘flame only’ mode, all from the comfort of your bed or recliner.

Note: View manual here.

Key Features
✅ Five flame colors
✅ Variable flame speed
✅ Remote control
✅ Five ember colors
✅ Touchscreen control

Front Dimensions (W x H): 36” x 27.01”
Cutout Dimensions (W x H x D): 32.64” x 25.31” x 7.6”
Model Number: RW936A
Wattage: 1500
Heat Output: 5115 BTU

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The Crane mini RV fireplace measures in at just 12.5” wide – it’s the smallest one we found. It has all the advantages of a portable space heater but with the beauty of an electric fireplace insert.

It sits on four raised feet for shock absorption while driving and has a carrying handle on the back for quick portability. The dial on the side of the heater has two heat settings and one ‘flame only’ mode. Paired with realistic looking embers, the Crane mini RV fireplace sets the mood while still packing a punch in the heating department.

It produces a whopping 5100 BTUs – the same amount as a full sized fireplace insert. And believe it or not, the entire unit stays cool to the touch so you never have to worry about it being a fire hazard.

Note: View manual here.

Key Features
✅ Smallest electric fireplace available
✅ Extremely quiet
✅ Two heat settings and ‘flames only’ mode
✅ Automatic safety shut-off
✅ Cool to the touch

Dimensions (W x H x D): 12.5” x 15” x 7.5”
Model Number: EE-8075BK
Wattage: 1500
Heat Output: 5100 BTU

 

Using their proprietary 3D flame effect, Classic Flame’s customizable layered flame has 5 flame colors, 5 brightness levels, and 5 speeds, for a maximum of 125 different effect options. Accented by realistic glowing logs and embers, creating your perfect virtual fire is easy.

By using infrared heating technology, your cabin’s air maintains its humidity without drying out. The adjustable thermostat lets you set the desired temperature and the automatic stepless heating maintains your desired temperature once it’s been reached.

The flame effects and settings work separately from the heater to allow for maximum customization, all of which can be controlled manually on the font panel or with the remote control.

Note: View manual here.

Key Features
✅ 3D layered flame effect
✅ Five flame colors, brightness levels, and speeds
✅ Glowing embers and logs
✅ Remote control
✅ Overheating safety shut-off

Front Dimensions (W x H): 23.6” x 20”
Cutout Dimensions (W x H x D): 23.6” x 20” x 8.5”
Model Number: 23II042FGL
Wattage: 1500
Heat Output: 5200 BTU

 

The Greystone WF2613R (also known as the F2611E and WF2613L) is a 26” curved glass fireplace that came pre-installed on many travel trailers and RVs and has since been discontinued. They’re great affordable replacement fireplaces but they’re getting harder to find.

The realistic flames and glowing logs operate independently of the heater to allow for total control. You can turn on just the flames on a warm summer night for added ambiance or you can run the heater while you’re sleeping without any light from the flames.

The 3 hour timer is perfect for when you want to fall asleep to a warm fire and the two stage heater gives you the option of low or high heat. It also has a remote control so you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to turn it on or off.

Note: View manual here.

Key Features
✅ Two stage heater
✅ Includes trim kit and remote
✅ Nine flame brightness levels
✅ Heater and flames operate independently
✅ Three hour timer

Front Dimensions (W x H): 21.44” x 27.91”
Cutout Dimensions (W x H x D): 26.38” x 19.91” x 6.09”
Model Number(s): F2611E, WF2613L, WF2613R
Wattage: 1500
Heat Output: 5300 BTU

 

This freestanding stove has the beauty of an electric fireplace without the hassle of installing one. It comes in five colors and has a fully transparent working door and side window so you can view Duraflame’s realistic 3D flame technology no matter where you’re sitting.

The infrared heater produces a comfortable heat without drying out the air and can be controlled either with a remote control or manually via the control panel, which is accessed by opening the stove door. It has a temperature range of 62ºF – 82ºF with increments of 2ºF and can also be set to run continuously, regardless of the ambient temperature.

Despite its high heat output, it stays cool to the touch, which means you can place decorative items on top of it without having to worry about it catching fire. It also has an overheating safety shut-off feature just in case.

Note: View manual here.

Key Features
✅ Five colors
✅ Infrared heating
✅ 3D flame technology
✅ Remote control
✅ Five flame brightness settings

Dimensions (W x H x D): 24” x 23.4” x 12.9”
Model Number: DFI-5010
Wattage: 1500
Heat Output: 5200 BTU

 

The Homedex 36” RV fireplace insert is the most visually appealing fireplace on our list. It comes with a log set and crystal stones so you can customize the setting to your liking. When set to any of the nine flame colors, the realistic flame illuminates the ember bed, providing the room with a warm and unique ambiance.

The fireplace sits perfectly flush with the wall and sports a wide firebox for a modern look. The illuminated touchscreen control panel and remote control allows you to easily change any setting on the fly, including the heat output and timer.

Key Features
✅ Log or crystal setting
✅ Nine flame colors
✅ 1-8 hour timer
✅ Five flame intensities
✅ Remote control

Front Dimensions (W x H): 36” x 21.4”
Cutout Dimensions (W x H x D): 32.65” x 20.25” x 5.5”
Model Number: IF-1336
Wattage: 1500
Heat Output: 5100 BTU

 

This 28” fireplace by RecPro was designed and built specifically for RVs. It features a curved glass front with matte black trim and has five flame brightness settings, giving it a modern look that breaks the continuity of a flat wall or cabinet.

The digital thermostat can be controlled manually or with a remote control and lets you choose between six temperature settings, the highest of which reaches a toasty 99ºF. The automatic safety shut-off ensures that your fireplace won’t overheat if you forget to turn it off and you’re away from your rig.

Key Features
✅ Automatic safety shut-off
✅ Six temperature settings
✅ Digital thermostat
✅ Five flame brightness levels
✅ Remote control

Front Dimensions (W x H): 28” x 21.875”
Cutout Dimensions (W x H x D): 24” x 21” x 6”
Model Number: GSA8003
Wattage: 1400
Heat Output: 4600 BTU

 

Designed with a front heating vent and thin profile, this 28” linear fireplace from Touchstone can be flush-mounted into a shallow wall or cabinet with ease. The single-piece glass panel trim fits neatly to the front of the unit and sits seamlessly with the wall. Its wide viewing angle strays away from the typical boxy look of most RV fireplaces – it offers a more modern and elegant look instead.

The interior can be garnished with faux fire logs or glass crystals (both of which are included in this kit) and you can choose between three authentic flame colors for ultimate customization. Combined with your choice of two heat settings, the Touchstone fireplace emulates a real fire and provides a warm and cozy atmosphere to your RV or fifth wheel.

Note: View manual here.

Key Features
✅ Automatic safety shut-off
✅ Six temperature settings
✅ Digital thermostat
✅ Five flame brightness levels
✅ Remote control

Front Dimensions (W x H): 28” x 16.5”
Cutout Dimensions (W x H x D): 23” x 15.4” x 4.75”
Model Number: 80028
Wattage: 1500
Heat Output: 5000

 

The Furrion fireplace comes in a curved or flat model and fits most 26” cutouts, allowing you to easily replace your unit with a style that fits your needs. Made with Vibrationsmart technology, it can withstand shocks and vibrations caused from driving, making it perfect for travel trailers and RVs.

It mimics a traditional wood-burning fireplace by using a set of faux wood logs and a realistic flame with adjustable brightness levels. The temperature can be set via the control panel or with a remote control and uses your choice of heat output strength – low or high. The integrated sensor helps to control the ambient temperature based on your input.

The Furrion is a great traditional-style 26” replacement fireplace built and designed specifically for RVs.

Note: View manual here.

Key Features
✅ Curved glass design
✅ Realistic logs
✅ Timer
✅ Automatic safety shut-off
✅ Remote control

Front Dimensions (W x H): 27 5/16” x 21 1/4”
Cutout Dimensions (W x H x D): 24 9/16” x 21 ¼” x 6”
Model Number: FF26C15A-BL
Wattage: 1500
Heat Output: 5000 BTU

 

The PuraFlame Western series comes in multiple sizes and is great for replacing an old or broken RV fireplace. Surrounded by a three-sided brick wall interior, the lifelike resin log set is one of the most detailed we’ve seen. They’re stacked nearly eight inches high on a fireplace grate and glow in unison with the embers below.

It sets the stage nicely for the natural-looking flame in the background, which has a four step flame effect with variable flame intensity. For an even more authentic experience, you can activate a fire crackling sound with the push of a button – something we haven’t seen in very many electric fireplaces.

Note: View manual here.

Key Features
✅ Fire crackling sound
✅ Remote control
✅ Adjustable thermostat
✅ Variable flame intensity
✅ Modern replacement for most 26” RV units

Front Dimensions (W x H): 27.95” x 24.61”
Cutout Dimensions (W x H x D): 25.96” x 23.19” x 7.8”
Model Number: EF43D-FGF
Wattage: 1500
Heat Output: 5118 BTU

 

What could be better than an electric fireplace? How about one built into a TV stand! With the Chicago series by Ameriwood Home, you have the choice between a 50” model or a 65” model, depending on your spacial needs. It has storage space to the side for movies and accessories and space above the fireplace for a media player and other stereo equipment. And to top it off, you can choose between six beautiful finishes that will complement any style interior you may have.

The 18” fireplace can be controlled manually with two switches on the control panel. One controls the flames and the other controls the heat, giving you the ability to run each one separately. It puts out 4600 BTUs and heats a small area relatively quickly.

If you’re in the market for an electric fireplace and a new TV stand, then the Ameriwood Home Chicago series is the best bang for your buck. It looks beautiful and sets the mood during movies and down time.

Note: View cabinet installation manual and fireplace installation manual.

Key Features
✅ Six different colors
✅ Two sizes for 50” and 65” TVs
✅ Integrated 18” fireplace
✅ Plenty of shelf space
✅ Independent heat and flame control

Dimensions (W x H x D): 47 ¼” x 31 ¾” x 15 7/8”
Model Number: 1764096PCOM
Wattage: 1400
Heat Output: 4600 BTU

How To Find The Best RV Electric Fireplace – Buying Guide

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How It Works

An electric fireplace consists of a heating element and fan. Electricity powers the heating element, making it hot, while the fan blows warm air into the cabin. The fireplace reuses the warmer cabin air, building upon itself and raising the ambient temperature.

An infrared fireplace uses a special bulb to beam warm infrared light directly in front of it. It’s very similar to how the sun works. Sitting in front of the fireplace is like sitting in direct sunlight – your skin absorbs the infrared light and you feel warm. However, sitting off to the side of the fireplace is like sitting in the shade. You might feel some radiant heat, but it’s much less than being directly in its path.

Electric vs Propane

A majority of RV owners prefer electric fireplaces over propane. They’re safer, easier to install, and are more cost effective than a gas fireplace. All you have to do is plug it in and you have heat. You don’t have to worry about gas leaks or carbon monoxide.

They also come in a variety of sizes and colors, making it easy to match the trim of your motor home. With either freestanding or wall-mounted variants to choose from, your fireplace will look and fit exactly the way you want it.

On the other hand, gas fireplaces produce real flames and can heat your RV much quicker. This is especially useful if you travel to very cold areas and plan on using a fireplace as your only source of heat. We recommend either the Dickinson Newport P9000 mini fireplace or the Mr. Buddy ‘Big Buddy’ propane space heater for such occasions.

Installation

Installation is going to be different for every fireplace. Freestanding models sit upright and technically don’t need to be installed, but it’s a good idea to bolt them down so they don’t tip over when driving. They don’t come with installation kits so you’ll need to be creative.

A wall-mounted fireplace is not as difficult to install as you might think. The first thing you need to do is decide where you want it. An empty cabinet or the bottom of a TV stand are both good places.

After you’ve picked out a spot, measure the area and pick out a fireplace that will fit snugly inside. You want as little space as possible around the unit to ensure a tight fit. Then, it’s as simple as screwing in the mounting plate and installing the trim kit (if it comes with one).

Safety

Electric fireplaces are the safest type of fireplace available. Since they don’t use propane, you’ll never have to worry about carbon monoxide poisoning or a gas leak. As long as you don’t leave them unattended, they’re perfectly safe to use. You can even leave an electric fireplace on at night while you sleep.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Do I measure the front or the rear to find the right size?

Unfortunately, there is no agreed upon standard for fireplace sizes. For example, some manufacturers measure a fireplace by the width of the front panel while others measure it by the width of the rear firebox, regardless of the front panel measurement. It’s best to check all measurements carefully before purchasing.

Do electric fireplaces have a thermostat?

Most higher end models have a thermostat with stepless heating and accurate temperature control, while the budget-friendly fireplaces typically have two or three heat output settings.

Do electric fireplaces need to be vented?

Absolutely not. An electric fireplace is basically an electric heater with lights. There’s no combustion process which means that there are no pollutants or smoke to vent and no need for a chimney.

Do I need to buy a fireplace specifically designed for RVs?

Unless you’re replacing a non-working fireplace in your RV with the same model, there’s no reason to limit your choices. There are better fireplaces with more features for around the same price. As for compatibility, almost all of the wall mounted ones can be installed in a cabinet or wall.

Can I put a wood-burning stove in my motor home?

If you prefer to burn wood in your RV then you can install a small stove. The Dickinson Newport is the best solid fuel stove for RVs and can burn wood, presto logs, charcoal, and coal.

Can I put a TV over an electric fireplace?

Since electric fireplaces blow heat out of the front of the unit, it’s perfectly safe for a TV to sit above one. You can even purchase a TV stand with an electric fireplace built right into it.

How do I hook it up?

Electric fireplaces use a normal plug so it’s as easy as plugging it into a standard outlet. Just be sure to plug it in before you install it.

What is the smallest electric fireplace they make?

The smallest electric fireplace we came across was the Crane freestanding mini RV fireplace. It measures 12.5” W x 15” H x 7.5” D and delivers 5100 BTUs.

Conclusion

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We hope that this review has helped you find the best RV fireplace. As you can see, there are plenty to choose from, each with their own unique features.

The best overall is the Dimplex 25″ electric fireplace. It has a fully customizable flame color, inner glow logs, and a remote control.

The next best thing is the R.W. Flame 36″ fireplace insert. It has five flame colors, five ember colors, variable flame speed, and a remote control.

The best bang for your buck is the Crane mini fireplace. It’s the smallest fireplace available, it’s extremely quiet, and it has two heat settings and a ‘flame only’ mode.

If none of these fireplaces fit your needs, then we also gave you nine great alternatives to choose from. Thanks for reading and stay warm out there!