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Empire FBB-4 Variable-Speed Fireplace Blower with Temperature Switch - FBB-4

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Product Details
Manufacturer: Empire
Part Number: FBB-4
eFireplaceStore Item Number: CUI-FBB4
UPC: 720968916167

Features

  • Variable-speed fireplace blower
  • Includes temperature switch
  • For use with the following:
    • Vail Special Edition, 26" Vail, and Premium fireplaces
    • Tahoe Deluxe and Premium fireplaces
    • Studio Premium fireplaces
    • Keystone Deluxe and Premium fireplaces
Product Description
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Enhance the efficiency of your fireplace with this Empire FBB4 Variable-Speed Fireplace Blower with Temperature Switch.

Please Note: Requires the Empire Wire Extension Kit (item cui-fbbx) to operate on a VFD26 model fireplace.

Features

  • Variable-speed fireplace blower
  • Includes temperature switch
  • For use with the following:
    • Vail Special Edition, 26" Vail, and Premium fireplaces
    • Tahoe Deluxe and Premium fireplaces
    • Studio Premium fireplaces
    • Keystone Deluxe and Premium fireplaces
Manufacturer: Empire
Part Number: FBB-4
eFireplaceStore Item Number: CUI-FBB4
UPC: 720968916167
Customer Questions & Answers
By Sarah from West End, NC on October 9, 2014
I have a DVD42FP30P-2 direct vent fireplace heater, Is this the correct blower/fan for this? Also, do I need to purchase anything else in order to have this installed?
By eFireplaceStore on October 9, 2014

Answer:
This is indeed the correct fan for your model of Empire direct vent fireplace. The blower will come with the necessary housing and brackets. No other items will be needed for your model.

By Kyle from Bedford, IN on November 16, 2012
How noisy is this fan?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 16, 2012

Answer:
While this fan has a noticeable "hum," it is not overly noisy or distracting.

By Pawel from Connecticut on September 20, 2013
I have a VFP36FP30LP-1 un-vented fireplace. Is this the correct blower for it? Also, do I need to get the extension wire kit?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 22, 2013

Answer:
This is indeed the correct blower for your needs. The Vail series of fireplaces also will need the extension kit for the blower cord to reach the outlet.

By Vinny from NH on July 27, 2013
I'm looking for a automatic blower for my Empire gas log fireplace, Model # CIDV-30. Do you have one?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on July 29, 2013

Answer:
This particular stove uses the Empire CIB-2 blower, which we have available as a special order item.

By mim from il on December 15, 2011
How to convert from natural gas to liquid propane?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 16, 2011

Answer:
The process for converting a fireplace from natural gas to LP will depend mostly on the brand, model, and type of fireplace.

We will be happy to check into the availability of a conversion kit. Please provide the brand and model of the unit you will be converting.

By Matt from Pittsburgh on September 21, 2013
I'd be interested to know how much power this fan draws. When there is a power outage this fan would really help heat my family room. How much power is needed to run it?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 23, 2013

Answer:
This fan will operate on 110 volts and draws approximately 3 amps on start up, leveling out to 1.3 amps when running. Power draw is only 50 watts and as such, it could easily be powered by a backup power source.

By John from Washington, DC. on January 28, 2013
Is the FBB4 design for a remote control and if so which one?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 28, 2013

Answer:
Unfortunately, no. This blower can only be operated via a rheostat variable speed knob control.

By jason from Bay City, MI on November 10, 2012
Is the extension wire kit required for standard installation?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 12, 2012

Answer:
Use of the wire extension kit will depend on the size of the unit being used. Typically, the 32-inch and larger direct vent and vent free fireplaces will require the extension kit in order for the blower to be positioned properly.

By Karen from Maryland on January 20, 2013
Can you purchase a remote control for this blower that allows you to adjust the speed of the blower?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 21, 2013

Answer:
Unfortunately, no. This blower can only be operated via its rheostat variable speed knob.

By Frank from Craig, CO. on August 31, 2013
I need to purchase a new blower for my EMPIRE DV33IN33LN-3. Is this the correct blower?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 3, 2013

Answer:
This particular blower assembly will not fit your Empire insert, however we can order the correct unit for you. Because it is a special order item, lead time will be 14 days before expected shipment. If you would like to order the blower, I can contact you via phone to do so.

By Tyler from VA on February 8, 2014
Does the variable control switch allow the fan to be cut off if the user did not want fan to run at all?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 10, 2014

Answer:
Yes. The rheostat has a fully off position that will bypass the thermal switch and keep the blower from operating, should you not want the additional circulation or noise.

By Josh from Marietta, GA on February 7, 2015
I have a regular, wood burning fireplace that I use often but I would really like a fan that can capture the heat it gives off and blow it out in front of the fireplace. I am not interested in getting a wood burning stove. Is there any kind of blower that I can install or have installed that would work in a regular non gas, non electric fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on February 9, 2015

Answer:
The best product I can recommend for you is the Stoll 22 in. W x 20 in. D Grate Heater for Woodburning Applications. This unit is basically a specialty grate that incorporates a heat exchanger and fan. The air from the room is pulled in through one register and then forced through the exchanger and back into the room. Ideally, a set of doors would also be used in order to limit that amount of air that is pulled back out of the room.

By Dennis from Cedar Rapids, IA on January 2, 2015
Is this the correct blower for a model DVD36FP30N-1 fireplace? Can it be easily installed into an already existing and used gas fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on January 2, 2015

Answer:
This is indeed the correct blower for your unit. Installation can be performed after installation. It is a bit tricky to install, but removal of a few components allows it to be done.

By Thao from Virginia on January 23, 2012
Do you have any thing to show us how to install it, and do I have to buy any thing else to install it or just the blower?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 24, 2012

Answer:
Please see page 53 of this owner's manual found on the product page for an Empire Tahoe direct vent fireplace, which has installation instructions for this FBB4 blower.

You will not need anything else to install this blower, provided you are installing it in a compatible Empire fireplace. Please reply with your fireplace model number if you need confirmation.

By Russ from Indianola, IA on August 2, 2013
I need to know what comes with this item if I order it. Does it come with the fan control, speed control knob and speed control parts?
By Dawn H. on August 2, 2013

Answer:
This blower features both a temperature switch, a variable speed thermostat and the requisite wiring.

By William Mawdsley from Newry, Maine on March 10, 2012
What is the CFM rating of this blower?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 12, 2012

Answer:
Per the manufacturer, the FBB4 blower has a designed output of 90 CFM.

By Mitch from TN on January 23, 2013
I know the fan is advertised as quiet but does it have a sonic rating at full CFM? And what company does the actual manufacturing of the blower?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 23, 2013

Answer:
No, there is no sound rating for this blower at full speed. Empire manufactures this blower; they are based in Illinois.

By Karin from Renton, WA on November 30, 2014
We have the DVCD36FP30N fireplace. Do we need the extension kit for this blower?
By eFireplaceStore on November 30, 2014

Answer:
The extension kit is only required for a few vent free units manufactured by Empire. As such, you will not need the kit for your blower installation.

By karen from Crestline, CA on February 19, 2012
What are the dimensions of the blower?

By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 20, 2012

Answer:
Per the manufacturer, this blower measures approximately 4" deep, 4" tall, and 11" long.

Please keep in mind that this blower assembly is meant for installation in certain Empire fireplaces. While it may physically fit into other brands, it may not offer enough air movement to be effective.

By John from New Jersey on December 17, 2012
Does this blower have a manual override?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 17, 2012

Answer:
While this blower does not have a factory default to override the temperature switch, it is possible to pull the input and output wires from the switch and connect them directly to one another. This would allow full manual control of the blower from the rheostat.

By Andrew Brolin from Luxemburg WI on February 19, 2012
Does it fit on a Empire Fireplace Model# DVD32FP30N-2?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 20, 2012

Answer:
This is indeed the correct blower assembly for the model of fireplace that you list.

Please let me know if you have any installation or ordering questions.

By Alan from St. Charles, IL on April 10, 2013
If I get this blower, will I need to install it myself or can I get it pre-installed?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 10, 2013

Answer:
Because of the damage that can occur to the relatively fragile blower cage, the blower must be installed on site. Installation of the blower is relatively straightforward and is covered in the included owner's manual.

By Matt from Iowa on January 6, 2013
Is this the correct blower for Empire DBD36FP30N-2? Also, how difficult is it to install once all of the gas lines and accessories are already installed?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 7, 2013

Answer:
I believe you may be referring to the DVD36FP30N-2, rather than DBD. If so, the FBB4 is indeed the correct blower assembly.

While it is easier to install the blower before the unit is fully plumbed, it is certainly possible to install the blower after the fact. The internal access panel makes the job much easier and as long as the gas line is placed out of the way, it is not difficult to do.

By Jo Ann from Manassas, VA on January 9, 2015
Is this blower small enough for the VFP-24-FP20LN?
By Kevin E. on January 9, 2015

Answer:
Actually, this blower is not correct for the 24" Vail. Your unit will need the FBB- 6 Blower.

By Robert from Kentucky on October 26, 2013
The fireplace i'm looking at will run without electricity. If I installed a blower fan which operates on 120v, can the fireplace still operate without power to the blower?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 28, 2013

Answer:
Because the blower is strictly an accessory item, the unit can indeed be used without it operating. You will simply loose the added convection the blower normally adds, unless it is tied into a circuit that has a backup power supply.

By Barry from Piscataway, NJ on February 16, 2014
What is the temperature at which the blower turns itself on? Mine is already installed and without disconnecting the gas supply I cannot remove it to see if there are any labels or marking with this information.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 17, 2014

Answer:
Per the manufacturer, the thermal switch is calibrated to activate at 120 degrees for this model.

Customer Reviews
Empire FBB-4 Variable-Speed Fireplace Blower with Temperature Switch - FBB-4
$181.80
(8)
4 out of 5 Stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Not a bad fan
By
Dave
from Carlsbad, nmon
December 16, 2011
I would recommend this item to a friend.
This fan installed easily but with one exception. It needs to be installed before the gas line is installed. I did not see that helpful advice in the manual. I looked ahead and saw the limit of space before I installed the gas line. The fan is nice and quiet and the variable speed is great.
Pros:
Quietness ease of install Variable speed
Cons:
Install before gas line

Does not work with the fireplace
By
Dee
from Virginiaon
December 27, 2012
The professional installers said the blower did not mount to gas log unit per instructions and it did not have the heat sensitive switch in a location that most blowers do. They had to figure out another way to install the blower. It makes a metal rattling noise when it is on. I thought it might be ok on low but after being on for awhile it started rattling on it own. If it wasn't a big problem to take it off (taking everything apart) I would return it. This was the blower recommended as an accessory for the fireplace I ordered. As beautiful as the fireplace it I sure wasted money on this item. The fireplace heats so nicely on it own it really wasn't needed.
Pros:
Nothing.
Cons:
Loud rattles when it is on.

Blower
By
Jason
from bay city, michiganon
December 14, 2012
I would recommend this item to a friend.
Installation wasn't bad, despite gas line already having been hooked up (our builder had the fireplace in and never added a blower). Only negative is the fan is a bit noisey at 3/4 to full power, has a vibration. I checked that it was secure to verify it was not due to placement but actually the fan itself as well. At least now I actually can utilize the heat from my fireplace! and the heat switch works great!

OK Unit
By
Dale
from Caledonia, Ohioon
November 2, 2012
I would recommend this item to a friend.
Makes a little ticking noise, But not bad

Empire FBB4 Fireplace Blower
By
Chris
from Pasadena, MDon
December 1, 2011
I would recommend this item to a friend.
Awesome, works great and distributes heat evenly throughout the room.
Pros:
Serves its purpose and works well. Very quiet.
Cons:
Nothing

Review for
By
Frank
from on
March 3, 2011
Didn't originally buy blower with the unit, so I ordered it after the fire place was installed. received the blower 3 days after I ordered it, with the magnetic anchors it took about 10 minutes to install. It's quiet and works great

Review for
By
craig
from on
January 21, 2011
Easy to install. Good price.

Review for
By
dawn
from on
December 23, 2010
excellent quiet



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