Monday, July 4, 2022


Have an electric fireplace? Here’s a simple trick to get more heat

By Nanci Dixon
When we bought our motorhome it came with an electric fireplace. I thought, “What a ridiculous thing to put in an RV!” It was so fake-looking and why would we use it when we could sit around a real campfire, with real wood, outside?

That was before I discovered its heating potential! Once I learned to work the remote, we were in toasty-RV business. This thing sure is nice on cold nights! However, I quickly learned that the only one getting warm was my husband in his recliner. All the heat was centralized around him and the ceiling … but definitely not the rest of the motorhome. 

I added a simple, very small USB fan on the mantle above the fireplace and now the heat from the fireplace is distributed throughout the RV evenly. The inexpensive fan works great! (Editor: The fan Nanci uses is no longer available, but here are similar USB fans on Amazon.)

If you have an electric fireplace in your RV and find that it only heats certain areas (like right in front of it or just to one side), try adding one of these fans. It’ll make a difference and your cold feet will thank you!



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4 months ago

We use a small fan on low setting to circulate the warm air. BTW the link provided returns a not found page.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Thanks, Tom! Sorry about that. The fan Nanci uses, which was available when the article was written, apparently is no longer available. I’ve updated the link to similar USB fans on Amazon, for those interested. Have a great day! 😀 –Diane

4 months ago

Good idea to put a fan above the ‘fireplace’ also: why don’t they put the heat outlet on the bottom and why can’t we have heat w/o the visual effect?!?!

John Massengale
1 year ago

We have one of the those fireplaces in our rv. Never thought of use a external fan as he has a three speed fan built in. Doesn’t do too good if it gets down below 35 to 40 degrees. Real warm for who ever is sitting at the table or right in front of it.

Bob B
1 year ago

It’s the heating element, not the fan, that draws heavy power. Anything with a heating element, including your blow dryer and your toaster, will do that, you just don’t use them as long as you use the fireplace.

1 year ago

Our built-in electric fireplace has a fan.

1 year ago

I only use the fireplace when we have “power included” in our rent. I found without a fireplace our power costs in Arizona during the winter were $1.50 per day. The next year we had a new trailer and using the fireplace for a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the evening, just to keep the chill off, our power costs jumped to $4.50 per day. We went back to a radiant heater and costs came back down. It seems anything with a motor (ie: a heater with a fan) will use a lot more electricity.

Larry B
1 year ago

You could also turn the furnace fan on which will recirculate the warm air thru out the trailer.

Bob P
1 year ago
Reply to  Larry B

No that’s a fan and we all know a fan will use $3.00 of electricity a day.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

That little USB fan draws about 5 watts of power. If you ran it all day it would draw 24 x 5 = 120 watts . So 120×1000 is 0.12 kilowats. At about 20 cents per kilowatt that little fan would cost about .12 x 20 four pennies a day to run . Look elsewhere for your $3 a day power consumer, by the way a 5000 Btu air conditioner only uses $2 a day and it has TWO motors in it!!

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