By Tracey from CO on April 19, 2017
This heater doesn't need to be vented to the outside?
By Will M. on April 19, 2017
This is a B-vent heater that will most certainly require 5" diameter B-vent pipe to run from the reversible draft diverter on the back of the heater and through the roof.
More information may be found in the installation manual
By Kathleen from Colorado on October 19, 2012
Do you sell the conversion kits from natural gas to propane for the RH65B stove?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 19, 2012
Answer:I can certainly check availability of this conversion kit for you. In order to make sure the correct kit is researched, please provide the last number, after the RH65B model. It will end in a -1 through -6. This indicates the version of furnace you have and will make a difference as to what kit is needed.
By Jannell from Calumet, OK on November 7, 2013
Is this stove designed to operate without grates/radiants or logs or anything else as pictured? We ordered a stove and was delivered without anything like the things I mentioned above. If it is to have something in it how are they added inside? We were under the impression that they were already in the heater as pictured.
By Kevin E. - NFI Certified Specialist on November 7, 2013
Answer:This furnace can indeed accept radiants or a log set. However, neither are required. These additional items can be found under the Accessory tab of this item page.
By Jim from Brewer. ME on November 1, 2014
What kind of pipe would I use to vent this out of an outside wall?
By eFireplaceStore on November 3, 2014
Answer:This product must be vented with 5 inch B vent piping.
By Sandy Neil from Truckee, CA on December 5, 2016
What are the overall measurements of a RH50BLP?
By Will M. on December 6, 2016
Detailed measurements for the entire Visual Flame and Console Room Heater product line by Empire are shown in this brochure.
By Albert from Russellville, AR on December 1, 2015
How large of a home will this Empire RH50B Visual Flame gas room heater heat? Also how big of a propane tank would you need to heat for 3 or 4 months in Russellville, AR?
By Will M. on December 2, 2015
Answer:After factoring efficiency, this heater is capable of heating a space of 1000 square feet with standard 8' ceilings. A minimum tank size of 100 lbs is generally recommended as smaller tanks will start to cause operational issues in colder weather and when the tank is depleted. On it's highest setting, a 50,000 BTU appliance will use 2.32 pounds of propane per hour. A 100 lb tank, filled to 80% capacity will last approximately 34 1/2 hours with the appliance operating on it's highest setting.
By Phil from Poconos, PA on October 20, 2012
Can the vent just go through the wall or does it have to have chimney that rises above the roof? My other Empire wall unit simply exhausts through the wall.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 22, 2012
Answer:Being that this is a natural vent type of room heater, the vent stack will indeed have to be routed above the roof line and follow the guidelines listed in the owner's manual. It is possible your existing heater is a direct vent unit, as these can be vented directly through an outside wall and terminate horizontally.
These units also draw their air from outdoors, which makes them highly efficient.
By Nick from MA on November 30, 2013
Does this model come with the direct vent option?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 2, 2013
Answer:Unfortunately, no. This model is only available as a natural vent heater. While Empire does manufacture a full line of direct vent heaters, those models do not feature the visual flame technology.
By William from NY on December 19, 2014
Can this unit's blower work without electricity?
By eFireplaceStore on December 19, 2014
Answer:Unfortunately, no. The blower must have a 110 volt power source in order to operate.
By Paul from Breckenridge, MN on April 25, 2013
How many square feet will this unit heat?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on April 25, 2013
Answer:With a BTU rating of 50,000, this heater will provide heat for approximately 1,400 square feet (assuming standard 8' ceilings and insulation).
By Michael from Wakeman, OH on January 18, 2015
I am looking to heat a partially insulated 1500 square foot area. The heat will be the most dominant in the main room of about 1100 square feet. What size natural gas stove would you recommend? Also, my chimney is enclosed in a wood framing with 6" DuraVent twist lock insulated double wall pipe. Could this flue be used or properly adapted to your flue sizing requirements? What is the fuel efficiency rating of a 50K - 60K BTU stove?
By eFireplaceStore on January 19, 2015
Answer:Based on the efficiency rating of the unit you are viewing now (70%), this unit would be sufficient to heat the main 1,100 square foot room. You would need to up size to the larger 65,000 BTU unit if you are needing the heater to carry the heat load of the entire space. The existing chimney could indeed be used. The chimney should be sized down with a flexible 5" aluminum liner in order for the heater to vent properly. The aluminum liners are fairly inexpensive and relatively simple to install.
By Sam from Winchester, KY on October 12, 2014
I have a brick-stone fireplace with a 6 inch clay tile flue. Will the Empire RH50B LP attach to this existing flue?
By eFireplaceStore on October 13, 2014
Answer:This unit can indeed be used with an existing 6 inch clay tile flue, although it is recommended to use an aluminum liner pipe to reline the chimney to the 5 inch diameter the chimney needs.
By Ken from Lake Luzerne, NY on July 24, 2017
There's electricity needed? How is the blower powered? Does this unit require a 3" vent pipe?
By Tyler M. on July 24, 2017
Answer:While no electricity is required for the burner to operate within this heater, there is indeed electricity required for the blower itself -- we apologize for the confusion. This heater requires a 5" diameter type B gas vent pipe system.
By Robert from CO on March 23, 2017
What is the efficiency of the RH50B?
By Brennan W. on March 23, 2017
Answer:This unit operates at 70% efficiency.
By bill from buffalo on February 20, 2012
Can you purchase a thermostat for Empire model #rh-50-5?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on February 20, 2012
Answer:Unfortunately, we do not list a thermostat available for this unit at this time. Please call Empire at 866-214-9918 for further information on your model.
By Barry from Carlisle, Pennsylvania on October 20, 2013
What is largest crock I can hook this to without installing a liner?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 21, 2013
Answer:This unit should not be vented into a tile that is more than 1 inch over size. As such, a liner should be used with anything over a 6 inch I.D.
By Adam from Roscommon, MI on March 8, 2015
What is the efficiency rating of this heater?
By eFireplaceStore on March 9, 2015
Answer:Per the manufacturer, this unit has a steady state heating efficiency of 70%, which is a good rating for a naturally vented room heater.
By Melodie from New York Mills, MN on January 27, 2013
Does this stove come in black or is there another one like it with the visual flame that comes in black?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 28, 2013
Answer:The visual flame models of room heaters are only offered with the beige casing that you see in the photo. I apologize that I do not have this product in any other color.