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 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 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 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 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 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 Chris from Clay, NY on January 29, 2013
What is the difference between the Monaco and the Osburn self cleaning unit?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 29, 2013
The Flame Monaco and the Osburn Stratford
units are very similar with one key difference. The Monaco utilizes true firebrick inside the firebox, whereas the Stratford has refractory panels. Otherwise, the framing and chimney requirements are identical.
By Peter from Rhode Island on January 3, 2013
It appears from the manual that there is an external blower On/Off switch and an external blower control dial. Is that correct? If so, can the dial be plugged in to a receptacle or must it be hard-wired? If it must be hard-wired, can it be converted to a plug in?
Also, are the Osburn Stratford and Flame Monaco basically the same unit?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 3, 2013
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. The blowers are to be hard-wired and cannot be converted to a standard plug-in.
As for the difference between this Monaco and the Osburn Stratford
, the only difference is the interior of each firebox. The Monaco features true firebrick, while the Stratford has refractory panels.
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 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 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 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 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 thomas ross from Fountain City, WS on November 7, 2012
Is the forced air kit included in the Flame Monaco XTD?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on November 7, 2012
The Monaco does include two 75 CFM blowers. However, there is a separate forced air kit
available for individual purchase.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Valerie from Port Angeles, Washington on October 26, 2013
I have an existing double walled stainless steel 10" chimney stove pipe going up two stories and venting out a flat roof. Will I be able to use the existing stove pipe or will I need a new venting system?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 28, 2013
Answer:Unfortunately, the chimney system will have to be replaced. Because of its high efficiency, this unit is designed for use with a 6 inch inside diameter chimney. Using a larger chimney will result in poor drafting and lower burn performance. We carry several brands of chimney that can be used with this unit.
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.