By Tim from Greencastle, PA on October 31, 2014
I was planning on running two 3 inch flex hoses through the damper of my existing fireplace and wondered if that was possible to do with this insert as well. If so, what venting components would I need to purchase? Also, can I add the crushed fireplace glass to this insert after it is installed?
By eFireplaceStore on October 31, 2014
Answer:This unit is indeed designed to vent using the 3 inch co-linear system you mention. You can use either of the first two kits listed under the "Venting Components" tab on the item page. They will include the liners, the termination, and the adapter plate.
You can certainly add the glass and ceramic stones to the unit after it is installed.
By Robert Howenstine from Saint Simons Island, GA on January 9, 2017
Does this unit come with remote included?
By Owen on January 9, 2017
Answer:A remote unit is available as an additional option.
By tim from Toronto, Canada on December 12, 2012
I am interested in purchasing one of the Empire Loft series fireplaces but am a little confused as to which one to choose for my application. I have an existing wood-burning fireplace which I have strip the facing from. I would like to go with whichever unit I can that will simply fit within my fireplace opening and hopefully not need to vent it through the chimney.
Would the vent-free unit be my best option? Does the direct vent command the need to vent vertically through the chimney, therefore requiring the intake/exhaust HW?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on December 12, 2012
Answer:Yes, vent-free would be your only option if you do not want to run venting up your existing chimney. This direct vent Loft insert will require two co-linear 3" aluminum liners to run up your existing chimney.
However, please note that there are numerous restrictions against vent-free fireplaces in Canada, and it is possible that such an installation is not permitted in your jurisdiction. We recommend contacting your local building code authority for more information.
By Warren from San Francisco, CA on January 14, 2014
I currently have a brick chimney that I would like to cover with sheet rock and place a gas insert into. I will be placing a television over the unit. Is it safe to add framing and sheet rock over the brick and install this insert? How can I protect the television from the heat?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 14, 2014
Answer:Because this unit is an insert that is designed for installation in a completely noncombustible enclosure, the installation could not proceed as is. In order to proceed, the brick chimney would have to be covered with a steel stud and cement board enclosure instead. A shelf would have to be placed between the insert and the television to protect it.
By Heather from CT on January 12, 2015
Will this unit continue to work even if the power goes out?
By eFireplaceStore on January 13, 2015
Answer:Yes it will. Because the unit utilizes a standing pilot for its electrical needs, it will continue to operate with or without power.
By George from Phillidelphia, PA on December 14, 2014
Which is better, vent or non-vented inserts? Where can I find reviews on both?
By eFireplaceStore on December 15, 2014
Answer:The choice between vented and vent free inserts is largely a matter of preference. For individuals with sensitivity to air quality, a vented insert is the best way to go. Some efficiency is lost with a vented insert, but they do not have a negative effect on room air quality or cause issues with excessive moisture. Vent free units are excellent heaters and simple to install, but they can cause problems with condensation on interior surfaces, as well as a decline in indoor air quality. There are various reviews posted under each type of heater we carry on the site, but I'm afraid they are not combined all in one location at this time.
By Bruce Brown from Jacksonville, FL on December 31, 2011
We are building a home and are looking for a rectangular gas fireplace. It needs to be a propane unit that will vent to the outside wall behind the fireplace but without the need for a chimney. Would this unit work for that purpose? Also, does it have a wall switch to start the fire or how does this unit work? Can it be elevated off the floor and will it be suitable for a coastal climate?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on January 2, 2012
This unit would work just fine in a coastal climate. However, it is an insert and not a free-standing fireplace. As such, it must be installed into an existing fireplace and must also be vented vertically. Per these details, it would not be appropriate for your application. However, we have a very similar unit that offers the features for which you are looking. Please follow the below link to check out this item.
Medium Loft Direct Vent Gas Fireplace with Remote-Ready Millivolt Controls