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Old 08-15-2010, 06:11 PM   #1
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Change wood burning fireplace to electric

We want to change a wood burning fireplace to an electric fireplace. We want something that looks nice when completed. Has anyone used someone they could recommend? I want someone who knows what they are doing. I've already ran into a couple "professionals" that should be put in front of a firing squad for claiming they are "pros" so I would prefer recommendations versus going through the phone book.

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Old 08-15-2010, 07:05 PM   #2
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There are some good folks up in Springfield....Mashinno's I believe. They sell them and probably good give you a recommendation.
We installed one 2 years ago when we finished our walkout. The drop in units can be installed pretty much any way you want.
If you are looking for serious heat, buy the biggest unit you can which will require hardwiring.
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We want to change a wood burning fireplace to an electric fireplace. We want something that looks nice when completed. Has anyone used someone they could recommend? I want someone who knows what they are doing. I've already ran into a couple "professionals" that should be put in front of a firing squad for claiming they are "pros" so I would prefer recommendations versus going through the phone book.

Thanks in advance.
I agree that Macshinos's has a great selection and helpful people. When I was looking for a wood burning stove, I called every place in the region (twice) and found HMI in Nixa to be the most helpful with better prices. Their prices were slightly below average compared to the other places. I'd call them.
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I agree that Macshinos's has a great selection and helpful people. When I was looking for a wood burning stove, I called every place in the region (twice) and found HMI in Nixa to be the most helpful with better prices. Their prices were slightly below average compared to the other places. I'd call them.
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Thank you both. I called Macshinos and they want me to stop in to see an insert they have. I'm afraid it is just a electric log and I need more than that. They had no interest coming out and offering ideas and bidding on it. I even have photos if a store wanted those instead. If we don't have someone lined up, we will stop in their store during our next trip to Branson.

Thanks for the tip on HMI. I already contacted them and they came up with 3 options. The man from HMI seemed extremely knowledgable which impressed me. If we select them, I hope the installer is as sharp as the salesman .

I'm supposed to be getting a name of another person/co that specializes in FPs. I hope they come through because I really prefer 2 companies to select from.

This fireplace is so plain. It doesn't even have a mantel. I'm anxious to change it. It is so blah even Santa wouldn't want to come down this chimney.

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This fireplace is so plain. It doesn't even have a mantel. I'm anxious to change it. It is so blah even Santa wouldn't want to come down this chimney.

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This is a whole nuther issue. I'm not sure how compatible Santa is going to be with your electric fireplace. I would definitely check that out..
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