By Rhonda from Atlanta on December 28, 2012
When using a propane fireplace that has a remote control, if the power goes out can you still light it without the remote?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on December 28, 2012
Answer:If you have a propane fireplace that uses a millivolt ignition, and a remote/receiver set that uses batteries, electricity is not required to operate either the fireplace or the remote control.
This particular vent-free fireplace falls under this category, as it uses a millivolt ignition and has an option to add a remote control that uses batteries.
By David from Lynchburg, VA on December 15, 2015
I assume you sell the remote control for this Empire Vail vent-free propane fireplace with remote ready controls. What is the item/code number for the remote?
By Chris C. on December 15, 2015
By Michael Stout from nipomo, ca on February 22, 2012
Are these "Vent-Free" fireplaces legal in California?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on February 22, 2012
Answer:As far as we are aware, vent free appliances are prohibited in your state. However, to be sure, you can always check with your local code enforcement office.
By Judy Reeves from Tuscaloosa, AL on December 1, 2011
I recently purchased a small 1960s home with a scant 1,000 sq. ft, so I must make every inch count. Ive noticed the new media center fireplaces but all are electric. Since the area in which we live is subject to power outages, I need a ventless propane gas fireplace but I have no wall space to put it. I could get my cabinetmaker to make a media center and include a place to house the fireplace, but since I have not seen any of the media center/fireplace combos in gas, I want to know if there is a valid reason. Your input will be greatly appreciated. The attached photos will give you an idea of what I need; however, the photos depict electric fireplaces.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 1, 2011
Answer:The primary reason gas fireplaces are not used in manufactured entertainment centers is due to clearances. The electric models produce a fraction of the BTU output and as a result, can be made into an entertainment center relatively easily. Gas models require several inches of room within an enclosure to cool properly and must have a small amount of non-combustible material around the face of the unit. Because of the fact that this is difficult to accomplish in prefab units, most enclosures must be custom made on site. As long as your contractor maintains proper clearances to combustibles, a custom unit could be built around a ventless fireplace.
By David from Waynesville, Ohio on January 12, 2014
Does this come with the firebrick panels that are shown in the picture? Also, what remotes are available to use with this unit?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on January 13, 2014
Answer:No brick liner is included with the purchase of this unit; you can see two options in the "Accessories" tab on this item page. Likewise, all remote control options can be found in the "Accessories" tab as well.