By Web from Fryeburg, ME on November 13, 2015
Can this Flame Monaco XTD EPA zero clearance wood burning fireplace be connected to an existing Chimney?
By Tyler M. on November 13, 2015
Answer:This fireplace requires its own dedicated class A chimney pipe system. While the pipe itself may be housed in an existing chimney, you cannot simply connect chimney pipe to the fireplace and run it into an existing flue. The chimney pipe must be used from the fireplace to the termination point above the roof.
By Tim from Northport, MI on March 14, 2017
Can you send me an installation manual? We are planning on building a new home this summer, and I would like a wood burning fireplace that heats, but without a masonry box. Thank you.
By Brennan W. on March 14, 2017
The installation manual for this unit is linked, here
By Scott from Clio, MI on October 20, 2016
I have a 8 inch inner diameter stainless steel chimney. Would it work with this model?
By Tyler M. on October 20, 2016
Answer:No, this fireplace must utilize one of a few listed and approved 6" inside diameter class A stainless steel chimney systems.
By Lili from Port Republic, MD on November 22, 2015
What does the "EPA" part of the name mean? Does this Flame Monaco XTD EPA zero clearance wood burning fireplace meet EPA standards for something, and if so, what?
By Will M. on November 23, 2015
Answer:EPA certified appliances have been tested to meet the US Environmental Protection Agency limits for grams of particulate emissions per hour (g/hr.). These appliances burn cleaner than older wood stoves or fireplaces that lack the restrictive baffling and secondary air tubes that work in conjunction to provide a cleaner, more extended burn. The baffling insulates the combustion chamber, resulting in maximum efficiency due to a smaller fuel load being needed as the fire will burn hotter, resulting in less wood being used. The secondary air tubes reintroduce oxygen at the top of the combustion chamber, further igniting unused byproducts of combustion that would exit directly up the chimney and into the environment under normal circumstances.
In many cases, the state government will offer additional tax breaks and incentives for owning an EPA certified appliance, but this list will vary widely from state to state and we do not provide this information.
By Gene from Flanders, NJ on April 21, 2015
What is the burn time of this Flame Monaco XTD EPA fireplace? Would it burn through the night?
By Tyler M. on April 21, 2015
Answer:Per the manufacturer, maximum burn time for this model at low burn is 8 hours.
By Chad from Illinois on June 25, 2015
Answer:Just purchased mine this winter late. At 40 degrees outside at night it would have the temp in the house at around 75 degrees. At 11pm I would put a couple logs in and turn the airflow up for 5 minutes to get them burning then turn it down to low. At 6am the automatic blower was still blowing out heat. Logs were done but red coals inside. House was 68 degrees at 6am.
By Bill from Cape Charles, Virginia on October 27, 2013
Is an adapter needed to attach the Monaco to an existing class A chimney pipe? What paperwork do I need to get the biomass tax credit?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on October 28, 2013
You will need the appropriate anchor plate to start your class A chimney for use with this Monaco fireplace. For example, if you choose to use the 6" DuraTech double-wall pipe, you will need the DuraTech 6" Anchor Plate
. To get the biomass tax credit, you would simply include a copy of your order confirmation in your 2013 income tax return.
By Brian from Livermore, CO on January 25, 2016
Does this Flame Monaco fireplace come with a blower? I also want to make sure this is not an insert as I am building a new house.
By eFireplaceStore on January 25, 2016
Answer:This unit does indeed include a twin cage blower assembly from the factory. This model is a true built in style of stove and can be enclosed into a combustible opening without a problem.
By Andrew from Idaho on November 13, 2013
Is this the total price, or do you have to buy trim kits? Do you sell the pipe for this unit and if so what size and type is it?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 13, 2013
Answer:This is indeed the total cost for the unit, with black louvers. There is a small up charge for gold or nickel louvers.
This model is fairly versatile when it comes to chimney piping. Numerous brands of 6 inch double walled and tripled walled class A chimney pipe can be used.
By Craig from Cleveland, OH on February 15, 2015
I see that this unit's mantel clearance for combustible materials is 50 and 52 inches. What is the distance if a masonry mantle is used?
By eFireplaceStore on February 16, 2015
Answer:If the mantel will be fully noncombustible, the manufacturer does not impose a clearance limitation. Noncombustible materials will not be damaged by close proximity to the upper louvers.
By Darrell from Hookstown, PA on December 19, 2013
Can I burn continually in this box?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 19, 2013
Answer:Yes. The Monaco does not have a required cool down or idle time. As long as the box is not overfired, it will stand up to constant use.
By Julie from Carpinteria, CA on January 6, 2014
What does zero clearance mean?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on January 6, 2014
Answer:"Zero clearance" refers to the fact that there is no distance or material required between the bottom of this fireplace and the platform on which it will be installed--it can be installed directly on wood.
By Doug from Freeport, Illinois on January 4, 2012
I see the top has 2.5" of insulation. Are the sides and back insulated?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 5, 2012
Answer:Per the manufacturer, the unit only has the 2.5" insulation blanket on the top of the firebox. The rest of the internal firebox is surrounded by an air space on the back and sides, as the internal firebrick acts as an insulation barrier.
If the unit is installed into an exterior chase, it is recommended for the chase to be insulated, in order to ensure cold air does not cool the inside of the firebox too much and cause a draft from the unit.
By Ray from Staten Island, NY on April 22, 2015
Can this Flame Monaco XTD EPA fireplace be used on the 2nd floor of my home?
By Brennan W. on April 22, 2015
Answer:Yes, this fireplace can be installed on the second floor of your home.
By Barry from Newport News, VA on February 8, 2017
I have a new modular home that came with a basic Superior zero clearance wood burning fireplace and all the heat goes out the chimney. I would like to remove this fireplace and replace it with an efficient zero clearance fireplace. Would this unit work?
By Tyler M. on February 8, 2017
Unfortunately, the Flame Monaco cannot be installed in a mobile/manufactured/modular home. However, we do offer a similar efficient, closed-combustion chamber unit that would work in your application. The Superior WCT4820 Woodburning Fireplace
is an EPA-certified fireplace that can be installed in a mobile home. However, you will need to replace the chimney pipe you have in place and use approved components for use with this model.
By Scott from Ransomville, NY on November 29, 2013
I was wondering the exact size that the opening has to be for this unit. I have a limited space. I would like to know all of the clearances, please. Can you tell me?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 29, 2013
Answer:This unit requires a framed opening of 36 inches in width, 24 1/32 inches in depth, and 43 3/16 inches in height. It is important to note that no combustible framing can be in the cavity directly above the 36 by 24 1/32 opening above the fireplace, save for the framing used at the face of the unit. The open cavity must measure 7 feet from the floor the unit is mounted on. Because the unit is effectively a stove within a fireplace chassis, it produces a great deal of heat and the cavity is needed for cooling purposes.
By Gordon from Harper, WI on July 9, 2014
How big is the viewing glass? What are the dimensions of the glass in inches?
By Tyler M. on July 9, 2014
Answer:The glass is approximately 10 inches tall by 22 inches wide.
By Tommy from Ohio on July 10, 2014
Answer:There are two doors. Each has a main window that is 11" wide and 10.5" tall and an upper window that is 11" wide and averages 1.5" tall.
By Stan Obert from Cincinnati, OH on November 8, 2011
Can you send me the specs on this unit? I am trying to replace a Heat'N'Glo Propane unit with this one and need to know what is required. My propane unit was a direct vent so the blower took the exhaust straight out the back. Does this unit require a full chimney or can it be vented out the back? Does it require a firebrick base or is the unit built to be able to sit on a subfloor base? Does this unit have a fan to bring the heat into the house? What is the BTU rating?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 8, 2011
Answer:First, let me clarify that this is a woodburning fireplace, not a direct vent unit like your Heat N Glo. Being a woodburning unit, you will need to have a class A chimney pipe system venting vertically and terminating at least 3 feet above your roof. This is a zero clearance fireplace, so you can set this unit on almost anything except carpet. The unit does include a dual blower system and features 100 CFM fans. The heat from this unit can reach up to 75,000 BTUs.
By Rachel from MI on September 5, 2017
Does this fireplace meet the EPA's 2020 clean air standards? Does it qualify for any rebates?
By Owen on September 5, 2017
Answer:This unit meets the current EPA standards and since it is a "fireplace," its EPA compliance with the 2020 levels are voluntary. The tax credit program was not renewed by the federal government. However, the unit may be eligible for a local swap out program within your state. Please check locally to see what programs (rebates) are offered by your state.
By Matt from Appleton, WI on April 2, 2013
I'm looking for a fireplace to install in my basement walkout with a wall height of 18'6". Roof pitch is 6/12 and the total run, including eave ends, is 32'. What type of venting is required for this? How much height above my roof would my chimney need?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on April 3, 2013
Answer:This fireplace requires 6" inner-diameter double- or triple-wall class A chimney pipe. We recommend either the 6" DuraTech or 6" DuraPlus chimney systems. You will need about 7 feet of pipe above your roof.
By Lisa from Topeka, KS on April 7, 2016
What else would I need to purchase with this to be able to use it in a new construction house? Do I need a vent kit? A blower kit?
By Chris C. on April 7, 2016
To have a completely functioning fireplace in your new home, only the chimney system would need to be paired with the fireplace. The fireplace itself comes with two heat circulating blowers standard. For a comprehensive venting design and quote to be built, please visit our Chimney System Quote Form
By Mike Holasek from Lowell, Arkansas on January 27, 2017
I have a gas insert. I want to replace it with a wood burning box. The installer said I couldn't get a wood burning insert, but I could get a builders firebox kit. Would the zero clearance models work? 36" wide x 32" height. I would rather use a triple wall pipe. I would like to keep the cost of the unit, material and installation to $5000 or less. The quote on the install is $1000.
By Brennan W. on January 27, 2017
This unit could absolutely work. I will be happy to put a quote together for you. If you could, please follow the link below to submit the information needed for a quote:
Chimney Quote Form
To make sure I receive it and get the proper items on the quote, please include: "ATTN: Brennan W." in the notes section of the quote form.
By Scott from Gillette, WY on November 18, 2015
We bought this Flame Monaco XTD EPA zero clearance wood burning fireplace to be installed in our home. I see that it requires a fresh air vent and my outer walls are SIPS panel walls. Is the vent OK to go through my SIP's wall?
By Will M. on November 18, 2015
Answer:SIPs panels provide added insulation and would make need for installing outside air more crucial as well insulation homes are starved for oxygen as they do not exchange air at the rate of older homes or construction that is not well insulated. Subsequently, any hearth system that relies on natural draft may not provide a draft as strong as the home as buoyant, heated air will naturally flow to where the air is less dense. Daily activities like opening doors or turning on mechanical exhaust fans will pull air from the easiest access point, which will be your chimney. This will also pull any smoke down the chimney from wood burning. With a home insulated to the degree offered by SIPs paneling, it is imperative that the fireplace be installed with outside air. I would further recommend installing the fireplace on an interior wall as this will provide the benefit of a "preheated" chimney.
The greater concern will be insulating any opening created by installing outside air as well as possible, as any gaps or cracks in this area will naturally pull cold air in during the winter while providing an access for cool are to escape during the summer.
By Jim from New Lenox, IL on November 18, 2015
Answer:Scott, we had the fireplace installed and from what I see of the outside vent--it is like a dryer vent with a screen to simply take in outside air for the combustion chamber. So, I do see any reason, although I'm not an expert, why you would have any issues. It is not a real strong intake or suction due to the size duct that would be used. Hope that helps.
By JB from Ozarks, AR on November 18, 2015
Answer:The fresh air vent is optional. You can pull air through the front grill. if you choose to pull fresh air, there are 4 options for ducting - SIPS panel walls should not impede the back 2 for sure, and probably not the front two either.
By Kris from Marshfield, MO on October 5, 2016
Do the doors have cording around for a tight seal? Does the grate come with the fireplace? What additional products do I need to purchase with this fireplace? I am replacing an existing fireplace; is it recommended to change the chimney? What is the weight and what is the recommended support? What other details do I need to make sure this fireplace can replace what we have? Lastly, does someone need to be present for delivery? Thank you.
By Chris C. on October 6, 2016
Answer:The Flame Monaco is more closely related to an air tight wood stove, as the doors are gasketed to ensure an air tight seal for a higher efficiency. Additionally, much like a wood stove, there is no grate included with the fireplace, nor should a log grate be used within the fireplace. In addition to the fireplace, the only required components would consist of a 6" Class A chimney system. The fireplace alone weighs in at 385 pounds. The fireplace can be framed atop of combustible platform constructed of 2x4s. Due to the size and weight of the fireplace, it must be shipped via LTL freight carrier, as such, someone must be present upon delivery to inspect and sign for the delivery.
By Wolf from Newark, DE on July 29, 2015
What is the actual viewing area / window size of this Flame Monaco XTD EPA zero clearance wood burning fireplace?
By Will M. on July 30, 2015
Answer:The glass is approximately 10 inches tall by 22 inches wide.
By Arthur from Pagosa Springs, CO on October 14, 2016
A question was asked about operating this unit with doors open. The answer was negative. The operating manual says that it can be operated with doors open. Which is correct? Also, what is the minimum stripped weight for installation?
By Chris C. on October 14, 2016
Answer:The fireplace is never to be left unattended with the door opened or even slightly cracked. The doors may be left open during the re-fueling process or during the initial phase of building a fire. When the door is left open for extended periods of time with a fire burning, smoke spillage may occur, the firebox could overfire causing damage, and the efficiency of the fireplace will greatly decrease with the door open, as the air flow into the fireplace for combustion would no longer be metered or regulated. The weight of the fireplace is 385 pounds, but this can be reduced, somewhat, by removal of the refractory firebricks.
By Jason from Montana on August 28, 2012
Is this a complete stove once you select the louvers? What are this fireplace's maximum burn time and efficiency ratings?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 28, 2012
Answer:Per the manufacturer, this particular unit achieves a maximum efficiency rating of approximately 80%, while being operated at a "medium burn" rate. This entails the air control being adjusted to a mid range setting and a reloading time of 3-4 hours.
The unit can achieve a maximum interval of 8 hours between refueling sessions. However, the overall efficiency of the unit will be lessened, as this maximum burn time is achieved during at a "low burn" rate.
By sherry from Lake Arrowhead, CA on August 28, 2012
Does this fireplace comply with California emission regulations? What about EPA guidelines?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 29, 2012
Answer:California maintains a 7.5 grams per hour emissions cap - the same as the EPA. This unit does meet the current emissions requirements and is certified for use in all U.S. states.
The unit tested with a 4.0 grams per hour emissions level, which was good enough even for Washington state, which maintains the strictest standards nationwide.
By Brian from NY on September 17, 2017
What are the required rough opening dimensions for installation of this fireplace?
By Owen on September 18, 2017
Answer:Those are 36 3/4"W x 26 1/8"D x 43 1/4"H.
By Dave from TX on June 29, 2015
Does this Flame Monaco XTD EPA wood burning fireplace have a knockout for a gas or propane starter for the wood? If not, is there a comparable fireplace that will accept a starter?
By eFireplaceStore on June 30, 2015
Answer:Unfortunately, the sealed combustion design of this high efficiency fireplace means that it cannot accept a log lighter. This is the case with all of the high efficiency models we carry, as the high temperatures in the firebox and air tight design means that a log lighter would not work well.
By Brian from Livermore, CO on February 20, 2016
I bought this fireplace and was curious if inside the chase needed to be finished off, and if so what does it need to be? Or can it just be the bare studs?
By eFireplaceStore on February 22, 2016
Answer:The interior of the chase does not have to be finished. It is recommended to insulate the chase if you are against an outside wall or above the roof. The insulation should be restrained with staples or fiber mesh to prevent it falling out from the stud cavities and against the pipe or unit.
By Cathy Head from Bakersfield, CA on September 23, 2012
What are the overall dimensions on this zero clearance fireplace?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on September 24, 2012
Answer:The overall dimensions on this unit are 36" W x 26" D x 38" H.
By Tom from Columbus, OH on November 19, 2014
I have a Heatilator E066 / G4 wood burning fireplace with an 8 inch pipe that is about 14 feet tall. Can I use my existing pipe with this fireplace? If not, the entire chimney would need to be removed and replaced to install a 6 foot pipe.
By Tyler M. on November 19, 2014
Answer:Unfortunately, no. You will need to remove all of the existing pipe as this Flame Monaco unit must use a 6" inside diameter class A chimney pipe from one of the several manufacturers/brands listed for use with it. These include DuraVent's DuraTech and DuraPlus as well as Selkirk's SuperPro and Ultra-Temp.
By Ted Lewis from Goshen, New York on November 21, 2011
Can I remove my existing zero clearance wood fireplace with vertical triple walled pipe and plug this unit into the existing opening then connect to
the existing pipe?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 22, 2011
Answer:If the dimensions of this fireplace work for your opening, then you can replace your existing unit with this one. However, please note that this fireplace can only be vented with chimney pipe listed on the page 32 of the owner's manual, which you can download on this page.
Also, the minimum chimney system height is 15 ft. Please see other chimney installation notes on page 27 of the owner's manual as well.
By Ron Kelsheimer from Strong City, Ks on March 6, 2012
We now have a fireplace insert comparable to the vantage hearth 42" and would like to put a fireplace in with metal doors on so we can burn the fireplace for longer periods of time. I am going to look into what it would take to replace it and work on it this summer. Could you let me know what is the best idea for my situation and we ran 8 inch triple wall pipe into the house when we built it in 2006 so we will need to match up with it.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 6, 2012
Answer:Typically a high efficiency unit like this model is intended to burn for long periods, exactly as you are looking for. We also offer several other models that utilize this type of closed combustion firebox.
One thing you will need to consider is the potential change to the chimney system. Most triple wall chimney systems are air cooled and cannot directly match up to these high efficiency models. Please provide the exact manufacturer and model of the fireplace, so I may determine if we have something that can be used directly with your existing chimney system.
By Jim from MS on March 15, 2015
What is the thickness of the walls of this firebox?
By Brennan W. on March 19, 2015
Answer:According to the manufacturer, the walls are 3/8" thick.
By Taun from Utah on September 23, 2013
Can I burn coal in this fireplace as well as wood?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 24, 2013
Answer:You cannot. The chassis and combustion chamber are not designed to withstand the greater heat output of coal, nor will the combustion chamber facilitate the burn process. Only well seasoned hardwood should be burned in this model.
By Mark from Pitttsburgh, PA on March 2, 2016
Does this Flame Monaco fireplace come with a blower assembly installed?
By Brennan W. on March 2, 2016
Answer:This does indeed come with a built in blower assembly.
By Evelyn from Carbonear, Newfoundland on September 24, 2012
What is the difference between this fireplace and the Napoleon NZ-26? I live where it can be very windy, and I know regular wood stoves and fireplaces cannot be lit. Would this be a problem?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on September 24, 2012
These units are quite similar, as they are both closed-combustion chamber zero clearance woodburning fireplaces with a 6" flue. Please see the owner's manuals for both units at the following links to learn more about them:
Flame Monaco XTD
By Tim from Richland, Iowa on March 20, 2014
Is this fireplace mobile home approved?
By Brennan W. on March 20, 2014
Answer:So long as the unit is anchored and grounded to the chassis of the mobile home, has access to to air for the combustion air control, and meets all of the clearances to combustibles, this unit can be used in a mobile home.
By Bette Wilson from Tijeras, NM on December 11, 2016
I am looking for a replacement for the 36" wide fireplace in our 1994 Oakcreek double wide. Can this be used to replace a 36 inch Temtex wood buring fireplace? (Temtex has gone out of business) If yes, would all the horizontal piping ect. to the roof also need to be replaced?
By eFireplaceStore on December 12, 2016
Answer:My apologies, but this appliance has not been tested or listed for use in a mobile home.
By Shannon from Louisville, KY on September 20, 2014
Does this particular fireplace have a blower?
By Kevin E. on September 21, 2014
Answer:This unit does include a pair of built-in blowers.
By Johnny from Chandler, TX on August 2, 2015
Does this Flame Monaco XTD EPA zero clearance wood burning fireplace come with blowers already in the unit? If so, what is the output of the blowers?
By Will M. on August 3, 2015
Answer:This unit includes a pair of 100 CFM circulating blowers mounted to a single central motor as standard.
By Trevor from Waverly, IL on January 27, 2016
Can you use this Flame Monaco XTD EPA zero clearance wood burning fireplace with the doors open?
By Brennan W. on January 27, 2016
Answer:This unit is meant to be used with the doors closed.
By George from Newfoundland, CAN on October 28, 2014
Is there more information about how to connect the blower? My booklet has nothing to reference on how to connect the blower.
By Will M. on October 28, 2014
The unit will come with two built in 100 cfm blowers, but additional information regarding the blowers can be found on page 20 of this installation manual.
By Eric from Howell, MI on January 18, 2015
Can this fireplace be installed on an interior wall?
By eFireplaceStore on January 19, 2015
Answer:It can indeed. An enclosure that meets the framing dimensions specified in the owner's manual could be constructed on an interior wall to contain the unit. You would simply need to ensure that the space above the unit is clear to allow the chimney system to be routed upward through the roof.
By Andrew from Chicago, IL on August 4, 2013
How about chimney pipes, are those included?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on August 5, 2013
No, chimney pipe is not included with this fireplace; it requires 6" inner diameter class A chimney pipe
. We would be happy to provide a full quote with all the necessary chimney components, if you prefer. Simply reply with your shipping zip code, your preference of louver color for this fireplace, the approximate height needed for the chimney pipe to extend at least three feet above your roof, and your roof pitch (if it is a sloped roof). We look forward to your response.
By Frank from WA on April 6, 2014
Is this a WA state approved unit?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on April 7, 2014
Answer:Yes, this fireplace is EPA Phase II Certified and acceptable for use in Washington state.
By Rick from Kentucky on April 18, 2012
I am looking to replace an existing ZC fireplace with this unit. The existing chimney in a chase is 8" 2-wall air cooled pipe-28' height. Can I line this chimney with a 6" insulated liner and it meet requirements or do I need to replace it completely?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on April 18, 2012
Answer:Unfortunately, this fireplace can only be vented with chimney pipe listed on the page 32 of the owner's manual, which you can download on this page. All of these chimneys have a 6" inner diameter.
Please see other chimney installation notes on page 27 of the owner's manual as well.
By Augustus from Bellevue, Washington on August 1, 2012
Are the lower&upper louvers included?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 1, 2012
Answer:You must select the color of louvers that you would like, from the drop down menu on the item page. Black louvers would be included for no additional cost, while gold and brushed nickel are both an additional fee.
By Ryan from Kansas CIty, MO on December 15, 2014
What are the dimensions of the firebox in this fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on December 16, 2014
Answer:The firebox on this unit measures approximately 22 3/4 inches in width, 17 3/4 inches in depth, and 13 inches in height. While relatively small, the high efficiency recirculating design makes for excellent heat output.
By sherry from CA on September 5, 2012
What is the roof jack size (diameter) of this unit?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 5, 2012
Answer:The pipe for this unit has a 6" inner diameter and an 8" outer diameter. As such, the hole in the roof jack will be slightly larger than 8". A storm collar will be needed to cover any extra space between the jack and the pipe's outer wall.
By Justin from Canton, GA on February 26, 2015
Is this unit approved for mobile home use on an exterior wall and chimney chase?
By eFireplaceStore on February 26, 2015
Answer:This unit is not approved for use in a mobile home by this particular manufacturer. I apologize for the inconvenience.
By Kara from Perryville, AR on January 9, 2014
If our electricity was to go out will the fireplace still heat our house?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on January 9, 2014
Answer:When electricity is lost, the blowers will cease to operate, lessening the overall efficiency of the unit. However, the heat generated by a good fire will still be sufficient to heat a significant portion of your home, depending on firewood quality, amount and your home's insulation and layout.
By Rhoda from Oregon on March 7, 2014
The Monaco utilizes true firebrick inside the firebox, whereas the Stratford has refractory panels. Which is better and which will hold up better?
By Kevin E. - NFI Certified Specialist on March 9, 2014
Answer:It is commonly held that true firebrick will last longer and perform better than refractory brick panels.
By Richard from WV on October 13, 2014
What is the efficiency rating on this unit?
By Will M. on October 13, 2014
Answer:The peak efficiency of this unit is 77%.
By Dave from Caldwell, Idaho on November 21, 2012
We are in the finishing stages of a 3000 sq ft log home. The great room will be finished off with a wood burning fireplace that we will use for heating - not just decoration - so we are interested in a high efficiency model. Our current opening is 67" high, 54" wide and 38" deep. It is a straight shot up the 22 ft high chimney (no need for offsets)
We have narrowed our search down to two models: the Majestic 36" Royal Monarch and the Flame Monaco XTD. They are priced similar but have differences. Which would you prefer over the other and why? Which one weighs the most? What are the cubic ft capacities of each?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 23, 2012
Answer:Both of these units offer high efficiency, closed combustion burn capability and are well constructed. However, given reviews and real world results from our customers, I do believe the Monaco is the better unit.
While the Monaco has a 2.5 cubic foot capacity, as compared to the 3.0 of the Royal Monarch, the Monaco's even greater efficiency and EPA rating allow it to burn its fuel supply more slowly. The result is a BTU rating that can exceed the Royal Monarch in most scenarios.
Both units draw outside air for combustion. The Royal Monarch does this by using air drawn down from the top of the chimney, through the outer wall of the Class A chimney pipe. The Monaco draws air from an outside are duct, which must be installed in the wall behind the unit. Both systems work well and supply plenty of combustion air. However, the Monaco uses a firebrick liner, as opposed to the concrete panels in the Royal Monarch. This allows the combustion chamber to achieve higher temperatures and increases firebox durability.
Lastly, the Monaco uses a solid pack chimney, rather than air cooled such as the Royal Monarch. Air cooled chimneys can cause issues with drafting in very cold weather and are more prone to creosote buildup and needing frequent cleaning.
By Scott from Scottsville, KY on December 2, 2013
Can this unit be installed directly into a wood framed opening and chimney? We are in the process of framing our own home and want a true woodburning stove.
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on December 2, 2013
Yes, and this zero-clearance woodburning fireplace is our top recommendation for such an application. It requires 6" inside diameter class A chimney pipe, which we also carry. If you need a complete estimate, please fill out our Chimney Pipe Design & Quote Form
By Mike from Charlotte, NC on August 29, 2017
I'm thinking of having a fireplace installed in my home, but don't have the expertise to do it myself. Do you work with contractors who do installations?
By Tyler M. on August 29, 2017
Answer:While we do not have any association with installers in your area, we do recommend contacting local general contractors for such a job. We of course can provide all materials needed to install the fireplace, such as the chimney components for this Flame Monaco fireplace.
By Craig from Chardon, OH on January 26, 2015
Is it possible to have a variable speed control for fan speed on this fireplace?
By Tyler M. on January 26, 2015
Answer:Per the manufacturer, the blowers do feature an On/Off switch, but there is no speed control rheostat knob. When the blower switch is in the "on" position, the blowers are thermostatically activated by the temperature inside the firebox. When it is in the "off" position, the blowers will not operate regardless.
By Willie from Hermitage, AR on September 6, 2014
Can I run a 6 inch uninsulated liner down a factory built chimney with an air cooled 8 inch pipe that is surrounded by a 12 inch pipe with the Flame Monaco XTD EPA clearance wood burning fireplace or a stove?
By eFireplaceStore on September 8, 2014
Answer:This question has come up previously and the manufacturer advises this can indeed be done. The old air cooled chimney would need to be secured to the top of the fireplace using "L" brackets to prevent movement. An appliance adapter would need to be used to secure the liner to the flue collar on the fireplace, before affixing the air cooled chimney to the unit.
By Ken from Bokoshe, OK on July 4, 2015
The back wall behind our Flame Monaco XTD EPA zero clearance wood fireplace is solid brick and the wall to the outside of the house is also solid brick. The XTD is also sitting on bricks. The bricks have no paints or stains that have been applied either. Do I still need the rear spacers or can I set this fireplace against the bricks in the back?
By Will M. on July 6, 2015
Answer:Per the manufacturer, the spacers must be installed prior to installation. Aside from ensuring the proper clearance to combustibles, the standoffs ensure proper air space for safe operation.
By Steve from Eagle, Wisconsin on September 29, 2012
How is this fireplace different than a wood burning stove insert? Does this give off radiant heat as well as from the blowers?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 1, 2012
Answer:This unit functions in much the same way as a wood burning insert. Like an insert, it does give off radiant heat, as well as convection from the pair of built in blowers. It also employs a small but hot-burning fire to achieve maximum efficiency.
The primary difference is that this heater is designed to be built into a frame wall by itself, where most inserts must be installed into an existing masonry fireplace or approved manufactured fireplace. The Monaco uses a unique, double-walled chassis that allows cooling air to surround the inner firebox. This is what allows the fireplace to come into close proximity with the surrounding framing.
By Carly Lamberson from Talala, OK on November 9, 2012
I can't find anything in the description of this fireplace about a blower. Does it come with a blower or can a blower be added?
By Magan B. on November 9, 2012
Answer:The Monaco does indeed include two 100 CFM blowers.
By John from Woodstown, NJ on December 9, 2014
The exterior walls of my house are 2 x 6 framed. I would like to install this fireplace in the exterior wall of the house. Is it OK to have a 2 x 6 header over the unit above the face? The side walls and wall at the back of the unit would be framed using 2 x 4's.
By Kevin E. on December 9, 2014
Answer:As long as proper clearances are met and the header remains above the stand offs on top of the unit, there should be no problem with using a 2 x 6 as your header.
By Jan from GA on July 7, 2017
I understand this unit has a "heat-activated" blower. Does that mean that it does not require electricity for the blower to work well? If not, how does it work when the power goes out in the winter?
By Will M. on July 7, 2017
Answer:To get an idea of how this fireplace will function, it is essentially a wood stove that may be framed into a wall and, like wood stoves, a great amount of radiant heat will be generated even if the power were to go out. While any blower in the hearth industry will not function without 120v being supplied and will subsequently not function in the event of a power outage, unlike wood stoves, this model offers a unique option referred to as "gravity kit," which will pull hot air from the top of the fireplace and push heated air into adjacent rooms via flexible ducting. Because heated air rises and this is a very high Btu system, the heated air is pushed at a velocity that is similar to a mechanical blower system, but no power is needed.
By Brandon from Coos Bay, OR on December 21, 2014
Is this unit mobile home approved?
By Chris C. on December 22, 2014
Answer:Unfortunately, no. This unit has not been tested or listed for use in a mobile home.
By Marty from Niceville, FL on July 6, 2015
My external chase (plus the 3 feet above the chase) measure 26 feet from the floor this Flame Monaco XTD EPA zero clearance wood burning fireplace sits on. What is the amount of pipe required for the chase?
By Kelsey C. on July 6, 2015
Answer:The Monaco firebox measures 38" tall so you would need 33' of chimney pipe as you are well over the minimum chimney height and this has 0" clearance from the bottom to a non-combustible. Of course, this would change if you were planning on building a raised hearth.
By Brian Herron from Woodstock, Ohio on February 24, 2016
We purchased this fireplace in January 2015. We absolutely love our fireplace but we have trouble with the handle of the door. we thought it would loosen over a period of time but it hasn't is there something we can do to fix this situation so the door opens and closes easily?
By Will M. on February 25, 2016
The door must maintain a tight seal for efficiency, but the door handle may be slightly loosened by turning the latch mechanism clockwise. The detailed instructions for this are found on page 26 of the installation manual.
To check for a tight seal, I recommend closing the door on dollar bill at various points around the door once your adjustment has been made. The door should be tight enough to hold the dollar in place with some force required to remove the dollar bill.
By Jeff from Halifax, Nova Scotia on January 25, 2013
I currently have a Regency Alterra Wood Insert installed into an existing factory built fireplace. It vents into a Security ASHT 8" Chimney lined with a 5 inch SS liner. The chimney height is approx 30 feet, mostly inside the house with one offset. It was installed by a WETT certified professional. I would like something a little bigger. My questions are 1. Is this EPA non-catalytic combustion like my current insert? 2. Can I replace my current fireplace(s) with the Monaco and use the existing venting arrangement?( ie 5 inch liner in 8 inch ASHT chimney) Thank you, Jeff.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 25, 2013
Answer:The unit you are viewing is designed to be used as a free standing fireplace, rather than the insert you have which must be used in a masonry fireplace or a listed manufactured unit, such as what you have now.
If you remove both the insert and the manufactured fireplace, this unit could be used in its place. You could attach the inner stainless steel liner to the flue collar of the Monaco, using an adapter. You would then need a Security ASHT chimney anchor plate to mount the chimney to the new fireplace. Ideally, a 6 inch liner would be used to keep from over drafting the unit, but it is likely that a 5 inch liner was the largest that could be used, given the offsets in your chimney. If you are only interested in using another insert, we can certainly see what else may fit your needs.
By Dan from Rothesay, New Brunswick on August 18, 2014
We have an opening that is 27" deep, 44" wide, and 41.5" high. Will the Monaco fit in this opening with considerations taken for distance to combustibles? What is the burn time for this unit? What is the overall efficiency rated at?
By eFireplaceStore on August 19, 2014
Answer:While your depth and width are within requirements, the opening height will need to be raised slightly. The Monaco requires a height of 43 3/16 inches to fit properly.
Per the manufacturer, maximum burn time for this model at low burn is 8 hours. Peak efficiency during high burn is 77 percent.
By Harry from Mississippi on August 19, 2014
Answer:I am unsure as to whether the unit will fit as I followed the installation instructions. I am very pleased with the burn time. We fill the fire box around 10:00 p.m., close it about half way and, when we awake in the morning at 6:30, there is still some wood burning and full of hot coals. I am very pleased with this furnace. We have cut our propane bill by 75%. I would recommend it to any one.
By Rachel from MI on August 31, 2017
We currently have a 8" double walled chimney (8' ceilings, one story house). We know we need to replace the chimney we have to a 6" model, but at what point can we use an adapter to connect to the roof stack? We would prefer to not have to replace anything that is on the roof.
By Tyler M. on August 31, 2017
Answer:We strongly recommend using and maintaining a 6" diameter chimney for use with the Flame Monaco, due to possible issues with creosote within an over-sized chimney. That said, the only way to accomplish your preference is to have a custom-made, locally-fabricated 6" to 8" increaser that can be used to connect the 6" pipe used on top of the fireplace to your existing chimney.
By Jeff from Tupelo, Ms. on May 30, 2012
Which chimney pipe do I use with this model?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on May 30, 2012
Answer:You can see the listed chimney pipe for use with this fireplace in the owner's manual on page 33. Please see the owner's manual that can be downloaded on this item page. We recommend using the 6" inner diameter Simpson Dura-Vent DuraTech or DuraPlus pipe, which we do stock.
By Tim from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 23, 2014
Can this fireplace be vented through a wall using a thimble and tee? Reading the manual it seems to reference 30 deg elbows. If it must pass through the wall at an upward angle do you have an insulated wall radiation shield for the application? Please look at Monaco's manual, page 32, figure 26, for the application I'm referencing.
By eFireplaceStore on September 23, 2014
Answer:While its design and operation is very similar to a wood stove, this product is not able to be vented horizontally. The 30 degree offsets you mention are the maximum that the fireplace can handle. If you do need to pass through the wall using the 30 degree elbows, an insulated wall shield would have to be custom made from sheet metal. This can essentially be two sheet metal panels that sandwich fiberglass insulation in the wall. The Class A chimney pipe must maintain 2 inches of clearance as it passes through the wall.
By Allen from Gun Barrel City, TX on October 7, 2014
Could this fireplace be used in a screened in porch environment?
By Tyler M. on October 8, 2014
We do not recommend your proposed application, as the outside air will eventually cause rust and corrosion on the fireplace. Your situation calls for a stainless steel fireplace, and you can see our full selection below:
By Nancy from Buffalo, NY on December 12, 2011
Is the blower on this unit loud?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on December 13, 2011
Answer:The blower assembly for this appliance while noticeable should not be loud enough to be disturbing
By Soon from Rockville, MD on September 16, 2014
I'm looking for a airtight firebox with outdoor air for combustion. I'm looking at this model (Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace) and the Majestic 36 Inch Royal Monarch Circulating Wood Burning Fireplace. What are the differences between these two?
By eFireplaceStore on September 16, 2014
Answer:The Monaco uses an accessory duct to draw fresh air through the side wall of the home, while the Royal Monarch pulls fresh air down the outer wall of the chimney flue to both cool the chimney and supply fresh air for combustion.
By Ron from Salem, OR on September 29, 2015
I just bought and installed a Monaco zero clearance fireplace and noticed that the rheostat knob is not connected to anything. How do I repair or reattach this knob?
By Brennan W. on September 30, 2015
The wiring diagram for your unit, which shows the proper connection of the rheostat knob, can be found on page 83 of the product manual
By Jim from Spokane, WA on January 20, 2015
What all is included with this wood burning fireplace? Also, is it Washington state approved?
By eFireplaceStore on January 21, 2015
Answer:This package includes the unit itself, black cast iron doors, black louvers, and a pair of 100 CFM blowers. An outside air kit and central air kit are separate items. This unit is indeed 50 state approved by the EPA.
By Angelo from Atco on January 15, 2017
I am looking to purchase a wood stove like this. I am having a hard time with my design due to the venting. I understand you can vent this in an existing chimney using a chimney liner. I have an abandoned brick Chimney with terra-cotta inside that was used for heater and water heater. They are no longer venting through there. What I need to know is, what materials I will need along with the fireplace to complete this job.
By Brennan W. on January 16, 2017
I will be happy to put a quote together for everything you need. For the best quote, please follow the link below to provide the necessary information:
Chimney Quote Form
By Leo from Medford, OR on January 20, 2015
Is there a fan kit for this fireplace? Also, can 6 inch stainless steel flex pipe be used to vent this fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on January 21, 2015
Answer:This unit includes a pair of 100 CFM circulating blowers, mounted to a single central motor as standard. The unit can indeed be vented with a 6 inch stainless steel liner, but only if the fireplace is being retrofitted into an existing masonry fireplace and the chimney is in good condition.
By Gerry from NM on July 24, 2013
I'm looking for a new fireplace and have attached images of my current space. Do I need a zero clearance fireplace? We have 2 x 4 construction with a concrete floor, so I think I want a insert that would leave about 4 to 8 inches of room. Which is a better option for me? What things do I need to consider?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on July 24, 2013
Answer:Zero clearance is a term that simply refers to a metal fireplace that can be built into a combustible enclosure. It is more common to hear these units referred to as "manufactured fireplaces", as the zero clearance moniker can be deceiving.
If you're looking at a new fireplace, these are the things you need to consider. To begin, what is the size of the framed opening? Also, do you plan on using the unit for heat or primarily for ambiance? Lastly, it appears there may be a chimney system already in place. If so, is there any brand or model information stamped onto the chimney? Once you've answered these questions, we'll be able to help you select a new fireplace.
By Taras from Tri-cities, Washington on August 6, 2014
I want to know how many square feet this fireplace heats up. Can you tell me? Also, is it approved by Washington state? How deep is the inside?
By eFireplaceStore on August 7, 2014
Answer:This unit is rated to heat up to 2,000 square feet of area. However, this model is one of the rare few that typically over performs and past customers have reported it heating up to 2,500 square feet without issue. This model is indeed EPA Tier II certified and meets even the strict Washington state emissions standards. The firebox measures 22 3/4" wide x 17 3/4" deep.
By Aaron from California on October 3, 2012
Is this fireplace stubbed-out for a gas starter? Also, what size is the roof jack?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on October 4, 2012
No, this fireplace is not tested or intended for use with gas pipe starters or gas logs, and has no provision to run a gas line into the firebox. This unit requires 6" inner diameter Class A chimney pipe, and there are a few options as to which manufacturer's pipe you can use.
The approved chimney manufacturers are listed on page 33 of the owner's manual
. In most cases, the pipe's outer diameter will be 8", but it could be up to 10" if you use triple-wall pipe such as DuraVent's DuraPlus.
By Vinny from NJ on May 5, 2015
The manual calls for a AC01310 forced air system with a 5 inch tube but you offer an AC01340 with a 6 inch tube. Are they interchangeable? Do I need an adapter? Also, what is the difference between a fire stop and attic shield?
By Brennan W. on May 5, 2015
Answer:They are indeed interchangable. The difference between a firestop and an insulation shield is the attic insulation shield has a tube that keeps insulation from blocking the airflow needed around the vent pipe, while a firestop simply keeps a space between the pipe and combustibles without allowing for airflow.
By Stacy from Mena, Arkansas on January 8, 2013
What length logs can you burn in this firebox? Also how many 4 inch round logs can you put in the fire box at one time to burn? How deep is the firebox from inside front door to back of firebox? What is the size of the glass window?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 8, 2013
Answer:This unit can accept logs with a maximum length of 21 inches. A total of 4 logs, ranging from 3 to 4 inches in diameter will be the maximum capacity for this stove to burn efficiently. It is not recommended to stack the logs in the unit. The firebox measures 21 inches wide and 18 inches deep. The glass is approximately 10 inches tall by 22 inches wide.
By jeff from Long Beach, CA on November 15, 2011
Will you please provide the dimensions for this unit, as well as information on the available blower (with dimensions). Would help if the dimensions provided were for 1) just this unit, and 2) this unit with blower attached/installed. Also, what is the price of the blower available as an add-on for this unit?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 16, 2011
Answer:Here are the specifications from the owner's manual for this fireplace:
Weight: 385 lbs
Height: 43 1/4"
Width: 36 3/4"
These dimensions will include the 2 heat-activated blowers that are included with the fireplace.
I will be sending you a .PDF copy of the owner's manual in a separate email.
By George from Phoenix, AZ on November 21, 2015
Can I install a Blue Flame gas log lighter into this Flame Monaco XTD EPA zero clearance wood burning fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on November 23, 2015
Answer:Unfortunately, no. This unit does not have provisions for a log lighter, as the small firebox and extremely high internal temperatures are not conducive to the use of one.
By Doug from Ruston, Louisiana on September 16, 2012
Can you burn this fireplace with the doors open? What square footage will this fireplace heat?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on September 17, 2012
Answer:It is not recommended to burn wood in this unit with the doors open, as it is a closed combustion chamber unit for optimum efficiency.
Per the owner's manual, "The maximum heat output for the Monaco is achieved by burning with the door closed and the combustion air opened. By this method, the Monaco can produce up to 75,000 BTU of heat per hour." This is enough to heat about 2,100 square feet.
By Mark from San Bernardino, CA on September 25, 2016
Don't want a gas only fireplace because we are going to burn wood, but need natural gas for fire starter. Does a wood burning fireplace need to have a option for natural gas to have as fire starter?
By eFireplaceStore on September 26, 2016
Answer:Most of our open combustion wood burning fireplaces do indeed have knockouts that allow for the installation of a gas log lighter. However, closed combustion models such as this unit cannot use one, due to the heavily insulated nature of the firebox.