By Dexter from Colorado Springs, CO on April 20, 2013
I would like to purchase the Empire BF 30 - propane model. How well will this unit work at Colorado Spring's elevation?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 22, 2013
Answer:Because of your elevation, you may experience pilot outages from any vent free appliances. Vent free units can suffer from oxygen depletion at any altitude greater than 4,500 feet. However, if the unit is being operated in a large space with plenty of air volume, the issue is unlikely to occur.
By Kirk from Wilkes Barre, PA on September 20, 2012
What is the basic differences between the BF30 and the SR30T unit? Which one is the better unit? This will be ventless using natural gas for a finished basement.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 20, 2012
Answer:The SR30T is generally considered to be the better type of heater, but this is really a matter of opinion. The BF30 is an open flame heater and these models function by heating the air in the space around them. The SR30T is infrared and works by heating the individual objects in the room, rather than heating the air.
The infrared heaters are considered superior because they do not create a stifling pocket of air near the heater. However, many people prefer the warmed air as opposed to the radiant heat.
By David Overcash from Marshville, NC on November 6, 2016
What is the energy efficiency of the BF30LP?
By Wade from Seattle, WA on January 14, 2016
I'm looking into putting this Empire BF30 flame gas heater into a remodeled basement bedroom with no venting. Is this safe?
By Will M. on January 15, 2016
You cannot install any vent free appliance with a Btu input over 10,000 in a bedroom and the heater in question has a Btu input of 30,000. As such, the Empire BF10 Blue Flame Gas Heater - Propane
would be acceptable, so long as the square footage of the space was sufficient and vent free appliances are allowed in your municipality.
By Gray from Sparta, NC on February 13, 2016
I have an unfinished basement with about a 1400 square foot area. Do you think this heater with a blower would be big enough to heat the space or should I look at something else? The basement does not get terribly cold and even today with the temperature at 15 degrees outside it is 57 in the basement.
By eFireplaceStore on February 15, 2016
Answer:This unit is sufficient to heat an above ground space of 850 square feet. Because basements hold heat well, this heater should be sufficient to heat around 1,200 square feet in that application. Use of circulating fans will increase the reach and ensure it is even through the whole area.
By Joan from Hinsdale, MA on August 28, 2015
Will this Empire BF30 blue flame gas propane heater heat a 12 x 24 mudroom to keep the chill out? I have an oil furnace for the rest of my home that is insulated.
By Will M. on August 28, 2015
This heater generates 30,000 BTUs and would be over-sized for the space you've described as you would only require a 10,000 BTU appliance to effectively heat the space. I would recommend the BF10
By Joel from Alaska on January 5, 2013
How much propane does this heater use?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 6, 2013
Answer:Based on the input rating of this heater, the unit will consume approximately one gallon of propane over a three-hour period of time if it is set to run continuously.
By Michael from CO on August 15, 2017
Is there an altitude limit as to the BF 30 working properly? We have a 648 sq ft cabin at 8500 ft with no heat source. Would this be sufficient?
By Will M. on August 15, 2017
Answer:No ventless natural gas or propane system will operate without outages at elevations above 4500'.
By Marjorie Cullison from Jasonville, Indiana on December 11, 2011
What to do about odors from unvented heaters?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on December 12, 2011
Answer:While unvented heaters may produce some odor it is not normal for the odor to be over powering or overly noticeable. However, a "burn in" is necessary to burn off the oils and lubricants used during assembly. It is recommended to open a few windows to alleviate an additional odors during the burn in. Often, strong, unpleasant odors generated by these heaters are the result of incorrect gas pressure or a defect in the unit. Also, because these heaters pull combustion air from their surroundings, any chemicals or fumes in the air will be pulled into the heater and combusted.
By Andy from Lenoir City, TN on October 25, 2013
Can I use this heater in an RV?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 28, 2013
Answer:Per the manufacturer, it is recommended only to use a direct vent heater in an RV, as it is considered a confined space and does not allow for air changeover to occur.
By Howard Stadler from Fairfield, CT on February 22, 2012
My old Empire propane heater had a fan. Do the new ones have fans that can be added?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on February 22, 2012
By Mick from Lynwood, WA on January 6, 2016
Would this Empire BF30 Blue Flame gas heater work for a 8 x 24 foot trailer in Washington at 5,000 feet with an average temperature of 20 degrees and 6 feet of snow?
By Brennan W. on January 6, 2016
By Don on November 9, 2012
Please comment as to the amount of "odor" this unit produces: how noticeable, whatever.
on November 9, 2012
Answer:This unit should not produce much of a smell at all. These vent-free heaters only produce an odor when they are encountering a gas supply issue or experiencing some malfunction.
That being said, all vent-free appliances will have a burn-in time. This period allows the unit to burn off any lubricants or oils used during assembly. During this time, an odor will be produced but it will eventually dissipate as the unit is used. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
By Gene from Pittsburgh, PA on January 18, 2016
Does this Empire BF30 Blue Flame gas heater need to be grounded?
By Will M. on January 19, 2016
Answer:While a ground joint union will need to be installed upstream of the gas valve prior to connecting the heater to gas, the heater requires no electricity for operation and the only need for grounding would be for the optional blower.
By Kathy from Panguitch Lake, UT on October 30, 2015
What is the difference between the Empire Blue Flame and the Infra Red heaters? I'm comparing this one to the SR30T model. The heater will be at the end of the hall heating the downstairs bedrooms. Our altitude is around 7000.
By Will M. on October 30, 2015
Answer:Vent free appliances will not operate at an elevation above 4500 feet.