By Derrick from Lincolnton, NC on December 6, 2014
I have an Empire vent-free firebox. If I install this fresh air kit, will it help with the smell when the logs are burning?
By eFireplaceStore on December 8, 2014
Answer:Because the odor that is released from vent free products is mostly a byproduct of odors retained by the ceramic logs and the methyl mercaptin odorant used in both natural and LP gas, the addition of an outside air kit will likely not alleviate the issue. I can only recommend having a technician out to check that the set is adjusted properly and is operating as cleanly as possible. This will prevent any more odor than necessary from being released.
By Walter from GA on June 8, 2015
What is included with this Empire Fresh Air Kit?
By eFireplaceStore on June 8, 2015
Answer:This kit includes a firebox adapter, as well as the termination for the outside wall. Sections of flex duct up to 10 feet long can be used to complete the fresh air run.
By Stacey Marino from Longview, TX on November 6, 2012
I have the Breckenridge vent-free firebox. It was installed last year and was surrounded by bookcases. It did not have the fresh air kit hooked up. Can you still hook it up after the fact?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 6, 2012
Answer:Unfortunately, no. There is not a way to access the outside panel of the firebox and allow installation of the fresh air adapter. Complete removal of the unit would be necessary.
By Tom from Perryville, MO on April 6, 2017
I have a large 42" Isokern wood burning fireplace with the damper at the top of the chimney. I live in a log home that I built around 12 years ago and I made this thing extremely tight. So tight in fact, that I have to open a window slightly to create enough draft. I need to build a fresh air entry on the rear of the fireplace and run the vent duct up into the open area under the roof. I can gain entry behind the fireplace for installation.
Would you please let me know which of these kits would be best? I am thinking of removing a couple firebricks for installation of the cover. While open, I would just cut through the Isokern to install the ductwork.
By Will M. on April 6, 2017
Answer:We do not offer outside air kits that would work with any Isokern fireplace.
By Steve from MA on March 6, 2013
Will a fresh air kit on a fireplace that utilizes a B vent through a chimney improve the efficiency of the unit over utilizing room air for combustion? And do any of these units have the ability to seal off the room air from being used after installing a fresh air kit? Does this make a B vent perform like a Direct vent unit when it has a fresh air kit attached.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 7, 2013
Answer:Use of an outside air kit on a B-vent fireplace does not improve the efficiency of the unit per say, but it does help to decrease the amount of air pulled through the outer walls of the building envelope. Unfortunately, a B-vent fireplace that was not designed to be sealed from the factory cannot be modified in this way. Unlike a direct vent, there is not an open air channel for the outside air to flow freely into the firebox. Air changeover occurs at a much slower rate. Also, B-vent units tend to have a lower BTU rating, in comparison to a similarly sized direct vent model. For greater heating capacity, replacing the unit with a direct vent model would be the best route to pursue.
By Tammy from MI on October 28, 2014
We will be purchasing the Breckenridge Deluxe 36 vent free firebox. What does the fresh air kit do?
By eFireplaceStore on October 29, 2014
Answer:The fresh air kit will be beneficial to prevent combustion air problems with the appliance. If your home is well insulated or the room is small, the appliance will only be able to operate for a limited amount of time before oxygen depletion will begin and a shutdown of the log set would occur. By installing this kit, you supply a dedicated source of outside combustion air, preventing the issue. The kit attaches to the outer chassis of the fireplace. Combustion air is only drawn in when the log set is operating and creating the necessary vacuum to pull air in. The kit is very similar to a dryer vent in design and installation.
By Mike from Chicago Suburbs on August 1, 2012
We have a traditional masonry firebox and chimney. The fireplace chimney has a parallel chimney for the HVAC. HVAC was upgraded to hi-efficiency unit ans the secondary chimney was plugged at the base. Ever since then, when we make a fire, we occasionally smell the fire in the basement. CO detector and smoke alarm have never gone off, so we don't think it's dangerous, but it is a nuisance. How do we correct?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 1, 2012
Answer:Most likely, the parallel chimney flue is creating an area of low pressure and drawing smoke back down into the basement. How is the chimney plugged at the base currently? Was this a clay tiled chimney with a metal pipe running through it for the furnace or did the furnace simply vent directly into the chimney?
By Linda from Ohio on January 27, 2014
I do not have a fireplace so I have no chimney. I'd like to put a wood stove in my basement. Can this be done and vented outside in some way?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 28, 2014
Answer:It is possible to install a prefabricated Class A chimney to vent the wood stove. Depending on where the stove is located and the layout of the floors above, you may be able to run the piping up through the building envelope or the chimney may need to be routed through an above ground portion of the basement wall and along the outside of the house. A decorative chase can be built around the chimney pipe to conceal it.
By Roland O from Toronto on February 3, 2013
Houses are now built with framing of a 'fake' fireplace flue that takes a gas insert liner. What does the framing have to look like to be safe? Outside is a brick veneer but inside it is framing.
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on February 4, 2013
Answer:Wood-framed chases to conceal chimney pipe are quite common. Two things need to be considered with these: (1) clearances around the pipe to combustibles and (2) the pipe itself. First, it is important that there are no combustible materials within a certain distance of the chimney pipe. The distance required will depend on the type of pipe installed.
Generally, solid-fuel burning pipe (Class A) requires 2" of clearance all the way around, whereas Type B and direct vent gas pipe usually require 1". You need to ensure that the pipe housed within a wood chase is listed for such an application, as single-wall stainless steel liners must be vented within a noncombustible chimney.
By John from Bluffton, SC on May 18, 2015
Is this Empire fresh air kit compatible with the Empire Breckenridge Select Vent free Flush gas Firebox (VFS-42-FBOF)?
By Will M. on May 19, 2015
Answer:Yes, the VFA-2 is the listed fresh air kit for the VFS-42-FB0F firebox.