By Dave from Mundelein, IL on September 26, 2015
Do we need a stand-off for a horizontal cedar siding to use with this Empire DVVK-4RP horizontal rear vent kit for Tahoe fireplaces?
By eFireplaceStore on September 28, 2015
By John Schreiner from Kansas on March 5, 2014
My exterior siding is painted sheets of masonite-type siding. It is not lap siding, nor vinyl. I would consider it smooth. Do I need to cut the siding back and install the standoff advertised for the vinyl siding application. Is my type of siding (wood/fiber board type siding) considered combustible? Or can I install the through wall fire stop and follow on vent directly to the siding?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on March 5, 2014
Answer:We would recommend cutting the siding and using a vinyl siding shield for your application.
By J.A. from Los Angeles, CA on March 22, 2013
We want a direct vent fireplace. If we put in a rear vent and add the brick lining, will we see the vent hole?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on March 22, 2013
Answer:The vent hole, or flue outlet, will not be visible from the inside of the firebox or in front of the fireplace. If you are able to go straight off the back of a direct vent fireplace, and you need no more than 20" of vent to get outside of the exterior wall, a horizontal rear vent kit is acceptable in most cases. Please double-check the termination clearances for the specific model you are interested in before purchasing to be sure it will work for your application.
By Bill from Windham, NH on November 29, 2011
My fireplace insert is direct vented via the Empire DVK4RP and I get severe cold draft through unit when lp gas fireplace is not running. Any way to draft proof this?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 30, 2011
Answer:This is a vent kit for a direct vent fireplace, which should not be causing problems with cold draft, as the unit should be sealed off from the room with a glass panel affixed to the front. While some cold air can radiate through the glass, it should not be creating such a big problem.
Is your glass panel securely attached? You may want to look into getting your unit better insulated, depending on how it was framed in your wall.
By Rick from St. Michaels, MD on February 21, 2015
If I am to use this DVVK-4RP vent kit in an installation, would I also need the vinyl siding kit as well? I am going through a 2x6 wall with Vinyl siding on the exterior. Also, when installing an Empire Tahoe fireplace, would it be acceptable to use fiberglass insulation around the back side of the fireplace and vent pipe to insure a good seal? Would there be a potential problem in doing so?
By eFireplaceStore on February 23, 2015
By John from Kansas City, MO on December 31, 2014
This wall thimble appears to provide a uniform clearance around the venting pipe and not additional clearance (total of 3") at the top. Should the top horizontal piece of lumber (used to frame around the thimble) be positioned to ensure 3" of clearance exists between the bottom of the lumber and the top of the thimble sleeve? If so, do the thimble flanges extend more than 3" from the top of the sleeve to allow the lumber to support the top edge of the flange?
By eFireplaceStore on December 31, 2014
Answer:Per the manufacturer of the thimble and the unit the kit is designed for, the thimble can be installed with lumber up to the flange that is on all sides of the thimble perimeter. The shield that is part of the thimble serves to safely reduce the normal clearance of 3 inches. The 3 inch clearance must still be maintained on any other part of the horizontal pipe that is unshielded.