By Richard Swart from Cathlamet, WA on February 27, 2012
Does the direct vent exhaust upward via a chimney or can it exhaust to the back of the house?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on February 27, 2012
Answer:A direct vent unit like this Tahoe can indeed vent and terminate either vertically or horizontally. Please see the owner's manual (starting on page 18) for more details on venting this unit. The owner's manual can be downloaded on this item's page.
By Bill from Bend, OR on March 23, 2016
Some of the log sets included with gas fireplaces are not very realistic looking. Can an individual add rock wool and vermiculite to create a more realistic bed? Can heat proof paint be added? Could an extra log or two be added to the set?
By Chris C. on March 23, 2016
Answer:Unfortunately, fireplaces which incorporate proprietary log sets as a part of the design cannot have additional media added to the ember bed, nor additional logs to be placed atop the log set included with the fireplace. This could lead to excessive soot being produced within the fireplace, or have a great negative impact on the efficiency.
By Lisa from Bethlehem, PA on September 10, 2015
Does this Empire Tahoe Deluxe direct vent natural gas fireplace come with the metal holder/grate where the 5 logs rest on?
By Chris C. on September 10, 2015
Answer:The logs are positioned directly atop the burner, as such a traditional log grate is not utilized. The grate fingers shown in the photo are strictly decorative to give the illusion that a grate is in place holding the logs.
By Nancy from Boothbay Harbor, ME on September 1, 2014
Is this a "flush mounted" to the wall model? My roof opening is 38" high. Is that enough space around the fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on September 2, 2014
Answer:This unit is indeed designed to be installed into a wall and finished flush with the surrounding wall board or veneer. This model requires a framing height of 35 3/4 inches to install properly, so it would seem that you have a bit of a surplus.
By Robert from Big Bear City, CA on November 23, 2014
I am looking at the Tahoe DVD-32-FP30N fireplace for a corner installation in a new home. Does this fireplace have a glass door in the front? Also, which direct vent kit is needed for a corner installation? I would like to use a blower as well. I do live in a higher altitude, 6700 feet, and I don't know if there any extra pieces of equipment that I would need.
By eFireplaceStore on November 24, 2014
By Dan from San Francisco, CA on October 21, 2015
Does this Empire Tahoe Deluxe direct vent natural gas fireplace need to be mounted in a fireplace or can it be mounted on a wall where a wall furnace would normally go?
By Brennan W. on October 22, 2015
Answer:This unit is meant to be framed directly into the wall of your home or to be used as a standalone fireplace with the installation of a mantel surround (available under the "popular accessories" section of the unit's page).
By Chris from West Seneca, NY on December 13, 2015
I'm a builder in upstate New York and I'm looking for the specifications for this Empire Tahoe Deluxe direct vent natural gas fireplace. Do you have these? I am also looking for the best horizontal termination kit for this unit as well. What do you suggest?
By Will M. on December 14, 2015
The ability to use one of the available kits will depend on your installation needs. Please answer the questions asked on our Chimney Pipe Design & Quote Form
and you will receive a comprehensive list of components required for installation.
The specifications for the fireplace are found in the installation manual.
By Mike from Long Island, NY on October 18, 2015
I am looking at this Empire Tahoe Deluxe direct vent natural gas fireplace - DVD32FP20N for my sunroom/den but I'm not sure that the BTU amount will be enough. The room is 10' x 30' and the cathedral ceiling goes from 8.5' to 10.5' high. 3 of the 4 walls are outside walls and are essentially windows all around. Will 18,000 BTU's be enough to comfortably, and economically, heat the room? Can I vent this out the roof and still configure the venting to allow for a TV to be installed above it?
By Brennan W. on October 19, 2015
Answer:18,000 BTU's should definitely be enough to heat your space. As for installing a TV above the unit, we would suggest angling the venting over using 45 degree elbows to maintain a proper clearance from the TV, as well as using a mantel in accordance with clearances listed in the product manual between the fireplace opening and the TV to minimize heat exposure.
By Lisa from Bethlehem, PA on October 13, 2015
Do I need to purchase the aged brick or herringbone backing for the interior of this Empire Tahoe Deluxe direct vent natural gas fireplace?
By Will M. on October 13, 2015
Answer:Both of these items are optional and would be based on your preferences. The DVD-32-FP30N can be operated without the decorative panels installed.
By Rob from Lumberton, NC on June 23, 2014
I am considering this (or another unit) to install in a bedroom. I need the direct venting vs. the ventless. Although it is possible to run the vent up and out through the roof or a gable wall in the attic, it would be far easier for me to vent it down into the crawlspace and out through an exterior wall. Is this an option? What do you suggest?
By Chris C. on June 23, 2014
It is indeed possible to run the venting up and out through a sidewall or above the roof line. However, in order to run the vent downwards into the crawl space, this is not possible. There are only a few select units that allow the addition of a power vent allowing the venting to run great lengths, or even down to a level below the unit. The units listed below are the closest sized fireplace to the 32" Tahoe, and can also utilize a power vent system seen here
Napoleon BGD36CFNTR with Electronic Ignition
There are certainly additional models that can utilize the power vent system, but they tend to be a larger fireplace which may not suit your needs.
By Jeff from Bergen Co., New Jersey on June 24, 2014
Answer:I personally feel that the shorter the ventilation run the better and as the heat will rise I do not like the prospects of venting this unit downwards. I used the flex venting system that was suggested for this this unit and have been more than pleased with its performance. Please take note that ventilation quality will effect not only flame height and color but also will help to eliminate soot and discoloration of the front glass. This unit as I have installed it with a short run, through my exterior wall have performed very well and very efficiently.
By Deborah from Calumet, MI on June 16, 2013
What mantle type/size should I use with my 32" Empire Tahoe Deluxe Direct Vent Natural Gas Fireplace?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on June 17, 2013
Answer:We have both flat wall and a corner mantel options available for this 32" Tahoe unit. You can find these in the "Accessories" tab on this fireplace's item page.
By Richard from Port Clinton, OH on January 16, 2016
We are considering installing one of these Empire Tahoe deluxe direct vent natural gas fireplaces in the family room/den which is an add-on in the back of our house. It would be installed as a corner unit venting horizontally through the wall, but we are confused about which venting kit we would need. What would you suggest for this?
By eFireplaceStore on January 18, 2016
By Barry from Sanbornton, NH on January 27, 2015
Can I have this fireplace set up for propane or have it converted from natural gas?
By Tyler M. on January 27, 2015
By Brian from Chicago, IL on January 5, 2015
I am interested in a vented, natural gas fireplace that is open but without viewing glass. What would you recommend?
By Tyler M. on January 6, 2015
By Brad from Cherry Hill, NJ on February 13, 2015
Does this natural gas fireplace come with gas logs?
By eFireplaceStore on February 13, 2015
Answer:This unit does indeed come with the ceramic log set depicted in the photo as standard.
By Mike from New York on November 24, 2012
Which rear vent unit is compatible with the 32-inch unit?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 26, 2012
Answer:Any of the horizontal venting kits that are located in the "Venting Components" tab above will work with this fireplace. Each kit will include different components, based on your exact needs; however, most customers are able to use the first kit in the list.
By Somer from Rutland, SD on January 18, 2016
Can this Empire Tahoe Deluxe direct vent natural gas fireplace also be used with propane?
By Will M. on January 19, 2016
You would need to purchase a conversion kit to install this fireplace as natural gas and convert to propane at a later date, however, the fireplace is also available in propane here.