The best electric log burners for houses with no chimney

modern electric stove in living room with column radiator
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An electric log burner is the perfect solution if you, like many others, have ever dreamt of cosying up in front of a roaring log burning stove on a chilly winter's evening but have no chimney. It is also a brilliant alternative to other, more maintenance-heavy, types of stove as it won't require clearing out. Add to that the fact that electric stoves won't require you to stock up on (and find somewhere to store) firewood and it isn't hard to see why they are such a popular feature these days.  

The advantages of electric log burners doesn't end there though. Other benefits include: 

  • They are cheaper than most other types of log burning stove
  • They have low or no installation costs
  • They require no chimney or hearth
  • They don't emit any fumes or smoke
  • No need to purchase logs, coal or kindling to burn
  • No need to wait for logs to burn down when you want to go out or head up to bed

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1. VonHaus Electric Log Burner

A highly-rated, budget-friendly option

Specifications

Size: 24.99 x 37.01 x 51.99 cm
Weight: 7.52 kg
Heat settings: 925W or 1850W
Flame effect: LED
Fuel bed effect: Log

Reasons to buy

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Classic look
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Two heat settings
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Adjustable thermostat
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LED light can be used without heat

Reasons to avoid

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Only suitable for occasional use 

A great, inexpensive and convenient way to heat your home. This electric log burner features two heat settings, meaning it can be used even when the weather is not so chilly. Plus, the LED flame effect can be used without heat so you can achieve a homely glow even in warmer weather.

A thermal cut-off device enhances the safety of the fire, whilst it has been praised for its easy installation and realistic flame effect. 

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2. Dimplex SKG20BL Stockbridge Electric Stove

Solidly made with convincing flame effect

Specifications

Size: 39 x 62 x 64cm
Weight: 26.24kg
Heat settings: 2kW
Flame effect: Optiflame
Fuel bed effect: Log or coal

Reasons to buy

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Realistic flame effect
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Choice of heat settings
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Optiflame can be operated without heat
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Choice of fuel bed materials
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Remote control or manual

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive

Whilst more expensive than some of the other models of electric log burner here, this stove still offers great value for money thanks to its appearance, effectiveness and features. 

Optiflame technology means that the flame effect is really convincing — plus you can choose from either coal or log effect when it comes to the fuel bed. You can even have the look of warmth and flames when the room gets too hot simply by turning off the heat.

Finally, you won't even have to get off the sofa in order to adjust the temperature as the stove comes with the option of remote control operation. 

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3. Be Modern Orba Cast Iron Effect Electric Stove

Sleek contemporary stove with LED technology

Specifications

Size: 41 x 65 x 41cm
Weight: 14kg
Heat settings: 1kW and 2kW
Flame effect: LED
Fuel bed effect: Log

Reasons to buy

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Eye-catching appearance
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Uses low-energy consumption LEDs
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Two heat outputs
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Cylindrical shape good for corners

Reasons to avoid

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Manual operation only

Great for those after a contemporary addition to their home, this unusual cylindrical electric log burner has benefits that go beyond its eye-catching design.

It features two heat settings, is super easy to set up (just place it on a level surface and plug it in) and uses energy-efficient and realistic LED technology.

Whilst it doesn't offer the option of remote control operation like some other models reviewed here, it does feature thermostatic temperature control and has an adjustable maximum temperature stop. 

Another benefit is that it is relatively lightweight compared to some of the cast iron models yet is still sturdy in its construction. 

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4. FLAME&SHADE Insert Electric Fire

Contemporary inset remote controlled electric log burner

Specifications

Size: 81 x 17 x 55.4 cm
Weight: ‎14.7 kg
Heat settings: 1.8kW
Flame effect: LED
Fuel bed effect: Log

Reasons to buy

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Contemporary appearance
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Can be freestanding or inset
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Quiet operation
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Remote control

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly shorter lead than some

Perfect for anyone after a sleek, contemporary electric stove, this model can be either inset or freestanding. 

This product comes with a whole host of handy features, including remote control operation, and a broad range of brightness settings.

Like so many electric stoves here, it is easy to install, can be operated with the remote control included (although manual operation is also an option). It is simple to install and reasonably priced too. 

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5. LIVIVO Freestanding Electric Fireplace

Fun, retro design that is great for small spaces

Specifications

Size: 45 x 51 x 35 cm
Heat settings: 0.9kW and 1.8kW
Flame effect: LED
Fuel bed effect: Log

Reasons to buy

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Quirky retro design
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Small, portable construction
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Automatic heat shut off function

Reasons to avoid

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Fan a little noisy
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No remote control

After something a little more unusual when it comes to your electric log burner? Look no further than this retro little stove from Livivo. 

Easy to install, the stove is designed to be portable so can be moved around your home should you wish to add a new heat source to a particular space — it would make the perfect addition to a conservatory in the chillier months. 

It has two heat settings and safety thermal cut off too. 

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6. Warmlite WL46018W Electric Log Burner

Low cost yet highly effective

Specifications

Size: 24 x 39 x 56.5 cm
Weight: 5.96kg
Heat settings: 1kW and 2kW
Flame effect: LED
Fuel bed effect: Log

Reasons to buy

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Budget friendly
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Compact design 
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Fresh, white cast iron finish

Reasons to avoid

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Manual control only
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Fan a little noisy

An electric log burner with a price tag that belies its performance.

This is a smart, compact stove that features two heat settings, a realistic log burning effect and a thermal cut-off feature for safety.

Whilst it lacks the option of remote control, the stove has a fresh white finish that brightens up contemporary and traditional spaces alike and is lightweight enough to move around the house if required. 

Electric Log Burner Flame Effects

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When buying an electric log burner, you will notice that different models have different methods for mimicking real flames. 

Ribbon effect: This is the more traditional method where strips of gauzy ribbon are lit up from beneath and blown around to create a 'flickering' effect.

Optiflame: A very popular flame effect and a step up from the ribbon effect, this uses simulated flames. 

Electriflame LED: Using LED technology, Electriflame is now found in many electric log burners, some of them featuring remote control and the option of flame dimming.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.