Clearance for a shelf above an electric fire that sends heat from the top?

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Found 14th May 2016
Hi all, recently bought one of those electric fires with an LED flame effect to replace an old gas fire whilst re-decorating (we don't use the fire much). We also got rid of the old fireplace at the same time, so the new fire is just hung straight on the wall.

Missing having the mantlepiece though, so was thinking of putting a floating shelf above the fire, but the heat issues from the top of the fire so.... what sort of clearance should I be looking at to put the shelf (to match 2 others in the room it will be black veneer so don't want it melting or anything ).

Cheers all.

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it should be alright if you put by the ceiling! without knowing the heat output of fire or how resistant the shelf is common sense would say avoid and forget about it as it's asking for trouble.

For a wood burner there should be 15" clearance between heat source and combustibles, ie wood shelf. I know your electric fire won't throw out as much but use that as a ball park figure.

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elliott1982

it should be alright if you put by the ceiling! without knowing the heat … it should be alright if you put by the ceiling! without knowing the heat output of fire or how resistant the shelf is common sense would say avoid and forget about it as it's asking for trouble.


Might be tricky to reach though

Max output from the fire is 2kw.
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