In 2022, DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs)has brought stricter guidelines for wood-burning stoves and fireplaces. While there is no ban on burning wood, there has been a push for making the practice environmentally sustainable. Also, many people who are using wood-burning stoves and fireplaces are wondering if they would have to change their existing stoves or get them upgraded.


In all this confusion, many homes across the UK are pivoting towards electric fireplaces. In this blog post, we will discuss in brief what exactly the new DEFRA guidelines say, why switching to electric fireplaces will be good in the long run, and other contributing factors for the same.


What the New DEFRA Guidelines Say


According to the new guidelines imposed by DERFA in 2022, all new wood burner stoves, as well as multi-fuel stoves, would need to be up to the new standards or ECODESIGN. What is ECODESIGN? It is a new standard set up by the EU for making solid fuel stoves more eco-friendly.


These guidelines only apply to newly manufactured and sold wood-burning stoves. So, if you already have an old wood-burning stove in your home, you need to worry, you are still allowed to use that.


Why Go For Electric Fireplaces?



Even though wood burners are not banned in the UK, we can all see that the way to the future is electric. Electric fireplaces are a clean and energy-efficient way of heating our homes that have a very low carbon footprint.


It also safeguards you from any future policy changes the government may come up with in regards to wood burning or fossil fuels. Below are just a few ways that electric fireplaces may be better for your home.


1. No Smoke to Deal With


Unlike when you use wood-burning fireplaces, you do not have to deal with the smoke. Since electric fireplaces do not burn any fossil fuel, it does not cause any smoke or bad smell in the house. This makes the whole ordeal of using the fireplace more enjoyable.


2. No Need to Store Firewood


Another advantage of an electric fireplace is not needing to buy and store any firewood. Since everything runs on electricity, you do not need to waste space in your home for storing wood or spend money purchasing firewood.


3. No Cleanup Required


With a wood-burning fireplace, you have to deal with cleaning up the ash from the fireplace. You may also have to deal with the soot that gets deposited in the chimney of your home. This clean-up can be a hassle for you if you are doing it yourself. Also, if you hire someone to clean all this up, then it is costing you as well.


4. Takes Less Space


An electric fireplace comparatively takes up less space in your living room or bedroom than a wood-burning fireplace. Since no real wood needs to be placed inside it, it needs less depth in the wall and takes less room.


5. Easier to Install and Maintain


It is easier for you to install an electric fireplace compared to a traditional wood-burning one. Also, it is easier to maintain as well. Operating it is also very simple and uncomplicated. There is the power cord that you need to plug into power on the fireplace. The rest is pretty intuitive.


Why Electric Might be A Better Option than Other Fuels

Apart from wood-burning fireplaces, gas stoves and gas-powered fireplaces are also very popular. However, gas pricing has been soaring due to the gas shortage in the market. If you follow the news, then you know that this shortage is caused by the impact on the supply chain caused by the Russia-Ukraine war.


Many countries have stopped the purchase of gas from Russia to put financial pressure on the country to stop the attack on Ukraine. This has led to an increase in gas prices indirectly.


If you use a gas-powered fireplace, then you must be feeling the pinch in your monthly expenses. Also, if you are looking to buy a new gas-powered fireplace, it may make you think twice before you make a decision.


Due to these factors, choosing electric fireplaces seems like a smart idea. Not only is it good for the environment, but for the most part, it is not impacted by any geopolitical factors.


Choosing Electric Fireplaces from Victorian Fireplaces



We at Victorian Fireplaces offer a wide range of flat wall electric fireplaces. There are so many beautiful models that you can choose from. Some of our best-selling electric fireplaces include the Heritage Bedford Electric Fireplace and the Kingston Heritage Electric Fireplace.


Our electric fireplaces are not just aesthetically pleasing but also offer you convenience and cost-saving. You will not have to worry about the rising gas prices or the smoke emission harming the environment.


What’s more? We are currently offering great discounts and free delivery. So, be sure to check out our electrical fireplaces today.



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