By Amy from New York on October 28, 2011
My fireplace right now is around red bricks. If I buy this mantel do I need to buy a surround tile/granite?
By Kevin E. on October 31, 2011
Answer:This mantel does not require the separate purchase of a surround of any sort. However, you will want to make sure that both the interior and exterior dimensions work for you.
By Joe from Ossining, NY on July 27, 2014
Does this come with the whole mantel and side pieces or just top piece?
By eFireplaceStore on July 28, 2014
Answer:This model is a complete surround. The product includes the top shelf, breastboard, and vertical legs.
By Paul from California on July 28, 2014
Answer:This comes with the side pieces as well as the mantel. I did but some extra trim from a molding store to dress it out.
By Carrie from Dillsburg, PA on July 28, 2014
Answer:It comes with everything to make a complete mantel. side pieces, etc. We were very pleased with the quality of this item.
By Kelly from Texas on July 28, 2014
Answer:It comes with everything in the photo. All the pieces for the entire surround are included.
By Albert from Tennessee on July 29, 2014
Answer:Yes, it comes with the whole mantel and side pieces. In the picture, you see that the mantel and trim surrounds a grey stone area. You will need to supply your own stone (brick, marble, granite, etc.) surround kit. Just google "stone fireplace surround kits" to get an idea. I installed a granite surround kit, and then I installed the Empire 52 inch wooden mantel with standard trim on top of that. I am extremely pleased with how mine turned out. Hope that helps.
By Kathy Meyer from Annapolis, Maryland on June 15, 2012
Our current surround is 52 inches wide and 43 inches high. Will this mantel and trim fit this?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on June 15, 2012
Answer:While the width is acceptable, the interior height of the opening is only 42" overall. It would be necessary to raise this surround with decorative trim or spacers in order to get the extra inch of clearance.
By Kristina from Indio, CA on January 24, 2015
I love this mantel! My fireplace is only a little over 39'' tall. Is there any way to get it cut down shorter before it ships? If not, could I cut it at home or is the material that it is made out of not for cutting?
By eFireplaceStore on January 26, 2015
Answer:While we do not have the ability to cut or modify the mantel on our end, it can most certainly be cut down in the field. A miter or circular saw will make short work of cutting the legs down to the required overall height.
By Keith from Sycamore, IL on January 26, 2015
Answer:Anyone with a saw would be able to cut the side down to accommodate a shorter fireplace.
By Susan from Long Island, NY on January 26, 2015
Answer:We had ours installed by a carpenter during a kitchen renovation gone wild. Both the columns and the breast plate were cut down to accommodate the fireplace insert we had. It was an easy fix for an outdated fireplace that now looks beautiful! The carpenter even commented on how great the mantle looks for the price!
By Duncan from Los Angeles on March 20, 2014
I have a Monessen SBV Radiant B-Vent 42 inch - CUI-500 SBVNSC and would like to know if this mantle will fit this fireplace?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 20, 2014
Answer:Reviewing the dimensions of your fireplace, this mantel can indeed be installed in conjunction with the unit mentioned. A small apron of noncombustible finishing material can be used between the unit and the mantel legs.
By Ellen from Sacramento, CA on January 28, 2012
My fireplace, with brick surround, is only 36 inches high. Can the height of this product be trimmed, at the bottom perhaps, to fit a shorter surround?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on January 30, 2012
Answer:This mantel features hardwood construction and can indeed be trimmed down.
By Barbara from Leawood, KS on January 4, 2015
Would this surround work as a faux fireplace for staging?
By eFireplaceStore on January 5, 2015
Answer:The surround itself could indeed be used for this purpose. You would only need to construct a fireplace alcove within the surround borders.
By Danielle from Barnegat, NJ on December 8, 2013
I'm trying to figure out what size mantel kit we need. We have marble around the fireplace that measures 55" width x 42" height. Can you give us some advice on this?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 9, 2013
Answer:This surround could overlay your marble without an issue, but additional molding would be needed to cover any gaps that may result around the surround, if the marble projects from the wall.
By Layla from Kings Park on November 12, 2011
Is there a casing inside to fit over my mantle bricks that extend from the face of the fireplace?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 14, 2011
Answer:This mantel is not meant to be used in a way that you have described. It is a flush profile mantel meant to go up against a combustible wall in which a fireplace is framed.
By Becky from Decatur, AL on June 22, 2013
The rectangular part of my fireplace is 43" by 36". Is a 52" mantel large enough that you will be able to see the brick around it?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on June 24, 2013
Answer:This mantel is indeed large enough that a 4 inch skirting of brick would be exposed on either side of the fireplace.
By Candy C from New Hampshire on November 3, 2011
I have a vent free fireplace, the dimensions are 37 1/2 wide by 34 high. Will this fit?
By Kevin E. on November 4, 2011
Answer:Absolutely. This mantel can work with a fireplace as large as 51" wide by 42" tall.
By Becky from Decatur, AL on June 24, 2013
Will this mantel's wood buckle under heat?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on June 24, 2013
Answer:As long as proper clearances are maintained from the fireplace opening, this wooden mantel will not buckle. Specific clearances will be covered in the owners manual of your manufactured fireplace. If the fireplace being used is masonry, 12 inches of clearance is recommended between the bottom of the mantel and the top of the fireplace opening.
By Amy from Redwood City, CA on October 20, 2013
Our fireplace comes out 8 inches from the wall. Will this mantel work for us?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 21, 2013
Answer:This profile mantel is designed to be used with a fireplace that is on the same plane that the mantel will be mounted to. It is not an issue if the wall surrounding the fireplace also projects forward and is wide enough to allow mounting of the surround shelf.
By Mary from Seattle, Washington on December 11, 2011
I have 3/8" thick tile around my fireplace. Some of it will be under the surround. Will this work for this mantel/surround?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on December 12, 2011
Answer:This mantel will work just fine for your application. However, it may be necessary to shim beneath the mantel in the areas that are not attached to the tile. This will prevent the appearance of any gaps behind the mantel.
By Chris from Tn on August 9, 2012
I have Sheetrock wall currently surrounding my firebox. How does the Empire attach to the wall?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on August 10, 2012
For installation instructions, please see this copy of the owner's manual
By Sam from Golden, CO on August 29, 2014
How does this beautiful piece attach to brick?
By eFireplaceStore on August 29, 2014
Answer:The surround will arrive with several wall cleats, which must be anchored to the brick facade. A masonry bit will be needed to bore into the wall and install plastic anchors. The cleats can then be mounted in the correct locations. Once the cleats are installed, the entire surround will hang in position on the cleats.
By Ryan Stimpert from Sarasota, FL on February 3, 2012
We're looking to put in a fireplace surround with mantel, but we have an unusual shaped fireplace set-up. The fireplace itself is standard size, but there is an opening beneath the fireplace where you can store wood, so we need an "opening height of 51 inches." Do you have anything that's not too expensive that may fit?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on February 3, 2012
By Scott from New Jersey on February 27, 2014
Would this mantle work with a vent free fireplace that we already have in house? We would like to take out old mantle and replace.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 27, 2014
Answer:This perimeter mantel can certainly be used with a vent free fireplace.
By Chris from New Jersey on February 25, 2012
Is this primed hardwood, white or ivory? Does it need to be painted or can we just keep it this color? Also are installation instructions included? If we had too can we cut this?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 27, 2012
Answer:The primer is a translucent white color and will need to be painted, as it does not completely cover the wood grain on it's own.
Detailed installation instructions are included with the mantel on delivery. You can definitely cut the breast board and mantel legs if less height is needed.