By Dennis from AL on November 14, 2015
Do they make a kit to change this Empire SR10T infrared vent-free gas heater with hydraulic thermostat controls over to propane?
By eFireplaceStore on November 16, 2015
Answer:Unfortunately, no. Vent free heaters are certified only to be burned on the gas type they were originally intended for. Improper field conversion can lead to release of toxins into the air, which is the reason field conversion is not supported.
By Tim from North idaho on March 25, 2016
Answer:As per the description ....propane models are available!
By Ken from Tacoma, WA on February 18, 2015
I was thinking of using this heater in an RV van. How would this heater handle vibration? Would there be any safety issues?
By eFireplaceStore on February 18, 2015
Answer:This unit is fairly simple and can handle vibration without an issue. However, I recommend adding a source of makeup air in the RV when the unit is running, as it can quickly consume oxygen in the space.
By Dan from USA on December 8, 2012
Are vent-free gas heaters really safe? I was thinking about buying the Empire SR10T, but am a little concerned about the venting
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 10, 2012
Answer:When installed and used properly, vent free heaters are indeed safe. It is important to follow the installation instructions exactly, especially when it comes to proper gas pressure and clearances from the unit. The unit must also be serviced on a yearly basis to remove any dust or lint that has been pulled into the gas valve or burner assembly.
Empire wall heaters, such as this unit, have been in production for quite some time. As such, the technology has evolved to produce some of the cleanest burning and odorless heaters on the market.
By Justin from Dillon, Colorado on February 6, 2014
I have natural gas and live at 9600 feet. Do you have any recommendations for me?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 6, 2014
Given your high elevation, I do not recommend using a vent free heater. The oxygen depletion systems that are part of the pilot assembly are calibrated near sea level. As such, they are prone to nuisance outages, due to the lower oxygen levels at your elevation.
Instead, a direct vent heater would be a better choice, such as the Empire DV215SG Direct Vent Gas Wall Furnace - Natural Gas
. I recommend the 15k BTU model, due to the slight efficiency loss and the derating that is necessary for your elevation. While the unit is more costly, it will operate reliably and uses outside air for combustion, rather than affecting indoor air quality.
By Thomas from New Orleans, LA on January 10, 2015
Does this model have a blower and thermostat available? If not, is there a recommend unit that does?
By Kevin E. on January 10, 2015
While this unit does offer thermostatic control, there is no blower available for it. For a unit with an optional blower, you would want the SR18T
which is an 18,000 BTU unit.
By Sam from Millville, NJ on January 15, 2015
What is the difference between manual operation and hydraulic thermostat operation models?
By eFireplaceStore on January 15, 2015
Answer:A manually controlled heater will be on and off only, with no thermostatic operation. The unit would simply be switched on when heat is desired and switched off again when a comfortable temperature is reached.
A hydraulic thermostat gives the ability to set the unit at a desired heat range and the unit will cycle at that setting. The temperature swing is usually +/- 2 degrees. The system works by utilizing a vial of expanding fluid. As the fluid expands with room temperature, it trips the control valve and shuts the unit down. When the fluid cools and contracts, it turns the unit on again.