Is it safe to have one of those modern, flat, free standing electric fires in front of a (fire retardant) MDF fireplace/chimney breast?
I have a fireplace that is very dated and ugly. I dont want to spend too much money having it demolished and re-plastered, so I'm wondering if it's possible to box it off with MDF and then put an electric fire in front of it. I saw one in B&Q that sort of looks like a television that would be freestanding on the marble hearth and wouldn't need to be fixed onto the mdf itself.
Is there a huge amount of heat that comes out of the back of the electric fires nowadays and would it be a fire risk or does most of it get blown out of the front with fans?
I really don't want to spend a ton of cash but I don't want to set my house on fire either