By Emily from Berlin, CT on May 28, 2014
Have a fireplace opening on a brick wall (width 36 inches, height 31 inches). Will this mantel and surround be compatible with this opening?
By eFireplaceStore on May 29, 2014
Answer:This surround will indeed offer proper clearances to your fireplace opening.
By Betsy from MD on August 16, 2013
Does this mantel come in a smaller size or do you carry smaller size fireplace surrounds? I'm in need of one in order to give my small bedroom ambiance.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 19, 2013
Answer:Unfortunately, this mantel is not available in a smaller size, nor do we carry a decorative, non model specific surround that is smaller than 48 inches in width.
Because of the design of this mantel, it would be possible for an individual with wood working experience to cut the mantel down to a smaller size. It is relatively simple to shorten the legs by cutting material from the bottom of each side, but a bevel cut would need to be made to shorten the breast board and shelf. I recommend working with a finish carpenter if you pursue that route, as they will be able to conceal the cut.
By Jameel from Tacoma, WA on December 13, 2015
What kind of assembly is required for this Empire 48" Profile wooden mantle with standard trim?
By Will M. on December 14, 2015
This product will include one wall and two surround cleats for attaching the mantel shelf and front facing. This is detailed in the installation manual.
By Dave Mulvahill from Niceville, FL on December 6, 2016
I need a 67" mantel. How much is that with the lower section and not the legs (mantel and lower board only)?
By Will M. on December 6, 2016
Answer:We do not offer a product matching this description.
By Beth from Charlotte on February 15, 2012
What kind of wood is the mantle?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on February 15, 2012
Answer:Empire builds each of their mantels from 3/4-inch fine-furniture grade cabinetry components, including MDF wrapped in select hardwood veneers.
By Raj. Opal from Las Vegas on December 22, 2016
My gas fireplace is bare, with a white tile surround measuring 53 3/4" wide and 38 1/2" high. Should I order your 48" profile mantel surround that comes unpainted for $225 pr do you suggest some other model?
By Will M. on December 23, 2016
Answer:The mantel legs may need to be shortened as the opening height is 39 5/8, but the width would be correct.
By Ken from Brandon, FL on July 15, 2013
Is this an option that will allow a 70 to 80 inch big screen TV to sit on top of the fireplace without being mounted to the wall in any fashion?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on July 16, 2013
While it is possible to install a television above many of our fireplaces, none are listed and/or approved for that particular purpose. The reason is that it is simply impractical for the fireplace manufacturers to test their units under all the various television models on the market. A direct vent gas fireplace would be your best option, since vent-free units have more heat pouring out the top of their openings. You can see our full selection below:
Direct Vent Fireplaces
By Krista from Michigan on December 16, 2012
The directions on how to install the mantel are not very clear. Are there only two nails that fasten this mantel to the wall? Is there a suggestion for another way of installing it?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 17, 2012
Answer:Per the instructions, there are a total of eight drywall screws and numerous finishing nails that must be used to assemble/install this product. A pair of screws must be used to attach each leg cleat to the breastboard. You must then use 4 additional screws, 2 on each side, to attach the assembly to the wall.
Once this is completed, the decorative legs, plinths, and trim must be attached using finishing nails. If assembled in this way, the assembly should be very sturdy.
By Dick Herbert from East Hampton, NY on February 1, 2013
Does this unit come in a 42-inch version?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 4, 2013
Answer:This profile mantel is only available in 52 and 48 inch varieties. However, the mantel could be narrowed by cutting the breast board and top shelf. Material could be removed from the end of the breast board and the shelf could be shortened by cutting it in two, removing the necessary length, and mitering the two halves together again.
By Yian from New Jersey on April 26, 2014
For Empire 48", the width of the shelf is 72", which is the same as that of Empire 52", is this true?
I expect the shorter shelf for Empire 48".
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 28, 2014
Answer:Per the manufacturer, the top shelf width is 72 1/2 inches wide for both the 48 and 52 inch versions of the profile surround. The mantel legs are simplly spread a bit further out along the shelf on the 52 inch version.
By Shannon from San Diego on February 25, 2014
What does "Standard Trim" mean?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 25, 2014
Answer:Standard trim is referring to the trim sections included that are designed to run around the interior of the mantel opening. The trim is not decorative or fluted and consists of simple rectangular trim sections. The sections are small and can barely be seen just inward of the mantel legs in the photo.
By Kevin from Hampton, NH on February 25, 2014
Does this mantel come with the side pieces/trim around the stone area?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 25, 2014
Answer:This mantel does come with perimeter trim pieces that run the entire length of the interior of the assembly. If the unit is overlaid on existing tile or stone that causes it to stand out from the wall, it will be necessary to add additional trim to the outside legs to conceal any resulting gap.
By Tim Dykstra from Lewiston, MI on June 29, 2012
What type of hardwood do you use for the unfinished mantel? Do you have a pine version?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on July 2, 2012
Answer:This product uses an Asian hardwood, which has a similar grain pattern and general appearance to American White Oak.
Almost all of our mantel surrounds and shelves are constructed of the material, for ease of sanding and finishing. We do not offer the product in a pine variant.
By Evelyn from Chesapeake, VA on October 19, 2014
How wide are the side pieces and how deep is the mantel shelf? Also, how tall is it from the floor to the shelf?
By eFireplaceStore on October 20, 2014
Answer:The mantel side legs measure 6 inches in width, while the mantel shelf has 6 5/8 inches of depth. The height from the floor to the underside of the mantel shelf is 49 inches.
By Dave from Bloomsbury, NJ on October 5, 2013
Is it possible to get the Empire 48 inch Profile Wooden Mantel, MFL -48UH which has a 70-72" width in a size that isn't as wide? I have a gas fireplace in a master bedroom. The fireplace itself has a 36 inch wide opening, and is 23 inches high, but I can only have a mantel with a max width of about 60 inches. I love the fact that it is unfinished.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 6, 2013
Answer:Unfortunately, this style is not available in a narrower size. The surround could be narrowed by using a bevel cut to remove the necessary material from the breastboard. The cut could then be concealed when finishing the surround.
By Angelyn from Massachusetts on February 16, 2014
I need a mantel shelf which is no more than 66 inches wide. Do you have this in the Empire style or do I need to have one custom made?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 17, 2014
Answer:Unfortunately, we do not currently offer a narrower version of this surround. The only option would be to cut the surround shelf, remove a given length of material, then splice the shelf back together and finish the joint with filler and paint.
By Nicki from Baltimore, MD on November 25, 2015
My fireplace currently is surrounded by 12" x 12" marble tiles. My hearth (including tile) is 60.5" x 45.5". Would this Empire 48" Profile wooden mantel with standard trim surround work with my current marble tiles?
By eFireplaceStore on November 27, 2015
Answer:This mantel will indeed work well for your application. The outsides of the mantel legs will be flush with the edges of your marble tiles, requiring no shimming. The top of the shelf will end above your tiles, so a pine board will need to be used to shim the gap. The thickness of the board will need to be the same as the projection (thickness) of the marble tiles.
By Carol from Aurora, CO on January 12, 2016
This Empire 48" Profile wooden mantel with standard trim stands on the floor, correct?
By Will M. on January 12, 2016
Answer:The mantel legs would indeed rest on the floor for flush-faced installations like what is depicted in the product image.
By Leslie from Chicago, IL on August 18, 2012
Can I stain this? If I do, will it look similar to white oak or paint only?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 20, 2012
Answer:This profile mantel is designed to be either paint- or stain- ready. If a clear stain is used, the item will have a finished appearance that is closer to red rather than white oak.