By Della from Sacramento, CA on October 26, 2014
Can this mantel be put over a stone fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on October 27, 2014
Answer:It can indeed. However, you may need to shim the mounting cleat in order for the shelf to fit properly.
By Pat Juarbe from East Stroudsburg PA on September 18, 2012
My mantel measures 73 inches. I like the Empire but I need it a little larger. Do you have this to my specifications?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 19, 2012
We do have a larger version of this same Empire shelf. Please have a look at the Empire 72" shelf
This item measures out to be 72 1/2" in width, so it is nearly as large as you require.
By Anthony from Bethlehem, PA on October 19, 2012
I'm very interested in the Empire 48" and 52" models. What is the width of the extension (leg) of the surround section?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 22, 2012
Answer:Each fluted leg extension is approximately 6 inches in width. This measurement is taken without any finishing trim added.
By Charlotte King from Fort Smith, AR on May 8, 2012
We are looking for a fireplace mantle complete set that measures at the widest 52 inches on the top mantle piece. Do you have anything with this measurement?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on May 8, 2012
Answer:Unfortunately, the mantel assemblies that we currently carry have a much wider overall mantel shelf width than you require. It may be necessary to have a carpenter or cabinet maker construct a narrower shelf for your needs, as it seems you are looking for a non standard size.
By Rasy from Elgin, IL on May 9, 2014
What materials do you recommend for the space between the fireplace opening (the insert) and the wood surround shown in your ad for the Empire 48" Profile wooden mantel?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on May 9, 2014
Answer:We recommend using any noncombustible material common in such installations, such as tile, marble or stone.
By Julie from Austin, TX on June 22, 2014
Is the primed finish really white as shown in the photo?
By eFireplaceStore on June 23, 2014
Answer:The unit will indeed come with a thin coating of white primer. Paint can be applied directly without the need for any additional preparation.
By Stacey from CA on June 24, 2014
Answer:Yes. Here is a photo of what it looks like on mine.
By Jake from Connecticut on June 24, 2014
Answer:It is white, primer obviously. 2 coats of paint are needed for a nice finish. Very happy with it overall.
By Lola from Maryland on June 24, 2014
Answer:I bought unfinished, and my husband applied primer twice and turn out really bright white and pretty. I love it.
By Naz from NYC on June 25, 2014
Answer:Yes it is.
By Haldy from Gwynedd Valley, PA on January 22, 2013
What size unit fits in this mantel? We are interested in vent free propane.
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 22, 2013
By Penny from Peyton, CO on October 17, 2013
Is this a surround fireplace mantel?
By Chris on October 17, 2013
Indeed, this mantel surround includes the mantel shelf, the breastboard, trim, as well as the two fluted sections on the left and right sides running vertically. For a better illustration, please view the installation guide
By Stephanie from Virginia, VA on December 3, 2014
Does the surround come with this mantel?
By Chris C. on December 4, 2014
Answer:This mantel is indeed the complete assembly with the mantel shelf as well as the legs on both sides of the fireplace opening. Please note that the tile shown in the photo continuing from the fireplace opening to the interior edges of the mantel is not included.
By Veronica from NY on November 9, 2013
What is the return depth? Our stone is 1 1/4 inches from the wall. Would it work with this mantel? Also our fireplace is about 36 inches in opening height. Do you think we will be able to cut the bottom of the mantel to match it?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 11, 2013
Answer:The legs of this mantel can indeed be cut down in height if needed to accommodate shorter fireplace openings. The legs for this mantel project from the wall by approximately 3/4 of an inch, but the entire mantel can be built out further from the wall if needed to accommodate for greater stone depth.
By Ben from Largo, FL on March 28, 2015
Can you clarify the dimensions on the Empire 48" and the 52" fireplace mantel models? It shows that the mantel is wider, 72.5", on the smaller (48") mantel versus, 71.5", on the larger (52") mantel. Is this correct?
By Brennan W. on March 30, 2015
Answer:This is correct. While the mantel shelf width is actually an inch shorter for the 52" model, the interior width and exterior width of the lower portion will be wider than the 48".
By Jeff from MI on December 30, 2015
Can this Empire 48" Profile wooden mantel with standard trim come with no primer? I would like to stain it to match my floor?
By Chris C. on December 31, 2015
The unfinished variant of this same mantel can be seen here
. With this model, you would be able to stain it on site to match the floor.
By Kay Woon from Foster City, CA on December 17, 2016
My current fireplace dimensions are: Inside: 36" wide by 30" high. The surrounding tiles / Outside dimension: 60" wide by 41 1/2" high. Would this mental work for me? Can I cut the legs down to give e a better proportion?
By Will M. on December 19, 2016
By Betty Bielinski from CA on September 30, 2012
Can I get a catolg and locations for your company?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on October 1, 2012
Answer:I'm sorry, but we are an online-only retailer with no brick-and-mortar locations. We do not have any printed materials available either, as all of our information is posted on the website.
By Katie from NC on August 25, 2013
Is this price for just the mantel or the whole kit (side beams that go to floor)?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on August 26, 2013
Answer:This price is indeed for the complete mantel--the shelf, the breastboard, and the legs.
By chuck from redmond, or on December 11, 2011
Does this mantel come in black, espresso, ebony?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on December 12, 2011
Answer:This mantel is only available with a primed finish or as an unfinished unit. You may find the unfinished version by clicking the Accessories tab on this item page.
By Katie from NC on September 7, 2013
We are looking to redo our fireplace but I am having some difficulty trying to figure out a mantel kit that will work. I have attached a picture below. We are hoping to lower the mantel, so that is why I am interested in the 48" one. We will have to keep the step, as we do not want to have to redo the floor. We plan on redoing the green tile though. The width of the step is 53.75" The gas insert is 36" . Will this work?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 9, 2013
Answer:Unfortunately, the hearth and tile surround of your current setup is narrower than the manufactured wooden surrounds we carry. As such, the surrounds would need to be narrowed by having a finish carpenter shorten the breast board. This will likely be your best option.
Another option would be to widen the hearth when you redo the tile, but by the appearance of it, this could crowd the door and window molding.
By Melanie from ga on March 19, 2012
We are installing a fireplace insert the measurements are 40in wide and 34in high,don't know which one would look the best the 48 or 52. Which one do you think would look the best?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 20, 2012
Answer:Typically, you will want to have at least 6 inches on either side of the fireplace so that the surround does not appear to be crowding it.
This being the case, I would recommend up sizing to the 52" version of the surround so that your installation looks more proportional. This will also allow the use of more finishing material to show around the outside edges of the fireplace.
By Elizabeth from Anchorage, Alaska on February 5, 2014
How much does this item weigh?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 6, 2014
Answer:This surround assembly has a weight of 44 pounds.
By Robyn from California on September 13, 2012
I have a wood burning fireplace with gas. I would like to convert to a product that is permanent with no messy clean up. What do you recommend?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on September 14, 2012
By Jeannie from Port St. Lucie, FL on January 15, 2015
How do I measure my fireplace to see if I need the Empire 48" or 52" trim size? My existing metal trim measures 46" in width on the outside and 42" width on the inside. I am assuming that the 52" size would be needed to provide enough overhang for my mantel. Am I correct?
By eFireplaceStore on January 15, 2015
Answer:That is indeed correct. Ideally, you would want at least 3 to 4 inches on either side of the outer surround before you encounter the mantel legs. The 52 inch would be suitable for your application.
By Ellen from New York, NY on September 28, 2013
My fireplace is surrounded by slate. Can the mantel be installed on slate?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 30, 2013
Answer:A mantel can indeed be installed upon the slate, as long as the slate surface is fairly smooth with no more than 1/4 inch in projection irregularities.