By John from Drexel Hill, PA on September 17, 2014
I was told that the vent free models are not safe for anyone with any kind of breathing symptoms. Is that true?
By Chris C. on September 17, 2014
Vent-free appliances are not recommended for homeowners with any respiratory issues. For greater detailed information, please refer to our Gas Fireplace and Stove Buying Guide
By Hugh from NJ on December 6, 2014
Will the variable speed blower and brick ceramic liner already be installed into the fireplace or do I have to have that done?
By eFireplaceStore on December 8, 2014
Answer:These accessories will need to be installed on site. Do to the potential for damage, the manufacturer ships the components in separate packaging to ensure they arrive to you in top condition.
By George from Wrightstown, NJ on April 21, 2015
Does this Empire Vail vent-free fireplace come with a blower/fan?
By Brennan W. on April 21, 2015
Answer:While they do not come with a blower, one can be purchased for it. The blower is available under the "Accessories" tab on the item's page.
By Doug from Chelmsford, MA on August 8, 2014
What size fireplace would I need to heat a 22' L x 12' W x 10' H room? Would a unit be able to maintain a minimum temperature of say 65 degrees? Does the unit need to be near an electrical outlet for lighting the pilot or would it be a gas pilot that was always burning. The room is a converted breezeway between the house and the garage. The back wall is totally windows. There are two skylights at the back of the room. There are two windows on the left side after the door to the house.
By eFireplaceStore on August 11, 2014
Answer:Based on the size of the space and your climate, a vent free unit of approximately 14k BTUs or greater would be needed to maintain temperature in the space. The 20k unit you are viewing now could easily maintain a comfortable room temperature, as long as the windows and skylights in the space are well sealed. The unit does use a standing pilot, which is typical of vent free heaters. The oxygen depletion system relies on the standing pilot to verify that there is adequate oxygen in the room for the unit to operate. Low oxygen levels will cause the pilot to extinguish, shutting the unit down.
By Frank from Guelph, CAN on October 26, 2014
Will this natural gas fireplace work during a power outage?
By eFireplaceStore on October 27, 2014
Answer:It will indeed. The unit does not require power to operate, as it has a standing pilot. Please be advised that vent free appliances are currently not legal for use in Canada.
By Margie from OH on October 9, 2014
I was thinking about purchasing a ventless gas fireplace. Can you set an LCD flat screen TV on the mantel or mount it on the wall right above fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on October 10, 2014
Answer:As long as the television is not directly exposed to the flow of rising heat, the installation can proceed. It is always best to have the television set behind the opening of the fireplace. Recessing it into an alcove or setting it on top of a cabinet mantel or enclosure works well. If the television is wall mounted, there should be a mantel shelf between the fireplace and the television that projects at least as far as the television does. This will protect the equipment from damage.
By Betty from Port Byron, IL on May 22, 2015
Does this Empire Vail 26" vent-free special edition gas fireplace and wooden mantel have another top for use in a corner?
By eFireplaceStore on May 22, 2015
By Bob from Morgantown on December 19, 2013
Where is the gas connection? Is the amount of heat adjustable? Does it include everything that is in the picture like the mantle, louvers, and remote control?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 19, 2013
Answer:The gas line connection for this model is ideally made on the left hand side of the unit. This model does indeed have a high/low adjustment that allows you to adjust BTU output between 10k and 20k. The unit does indeed come complete will the mantel, louvers, and log set shown in the photo. The unit is remote ready, but a remote is not included as standards. Available remotes are listed under the accessory tab on the item page.
By nancy from Madison, NJ on November 11, 2012
Does this come complete with blower, everything included?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 12, 2012
Answer:While this package does include the fireplace and the wooden mantel, a blower is not included. Please see the "Accessories" tab on this item page for the blower, as well as a few different remote control choices and a brick liner kit for the inside of the fireplace that may interest you.
By nancy from Madison, NJ on November 11, 2012
Can the flame be adjusted in height?
By Magan B. on November 12, 2012
Answer:The flame can be adjusted in height at the valve. However, the remote operation will be on/off only.
By suzanne Pederson from mi on January 7, 2012
What are the dimensions on this unit?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 9, 2012
Answer:The dimensions for this unit are located in the item features section and are as follows:
41" H x 39 1/2" W x 14 5/8" D
These measurements are for the far most points on the cabinet itself.
By Chester from Mongaup Valley, NY on October 6, 2015
Can this Empire Vail 26 inch vent-free special edition natural gas fireplace with wooden mantel have a wall thermostat [millivolt] attached so it will cycle on/off when the room temperature drops?
By Brennan W. on October 6, 2015
By Bonnie from Murray, KY on November 13, 2014
Do you have a corner mantel?
By eFireplaceStore on November 13, 2014
By syed munawar from Brampton, Ontario on October 22, 2012
How many BTU's on this unit? Does it have a blower? Is there tax on top of the price?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on October 22, 2012
By Carl from Oaklyn, NJ on December 1, 2013
The location of this will be against a finished wall. There is an existing natural gas pipe (with valve) that is 14" to the left of the center line of the location. Will this interfere with the installation of the model?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 2, 2013
Answer:This unit tapers towards the back of the chassis, meaning that you will have a bit more room to work with. The measurement from the center point to the outside edge is 12 1/2 inches. This will make the installation close to the valve, but not impossible.
By diane from Chicopee, MA on November 7, 2012
What does vent free mean?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 7, 2012
Answer:"Vent free" refers to a fireplace that does not require any vent piping for operation. These units accomplish this by a number of design features. Vent free units will usually have a lower BTU output than their vented counterparts, which allows them to be used safely. The units will also have a more sophisticated burner system, which ensures that all gases are burned completely and no harmful material is released into the room.
However, vent free appliances are not right for all circumstances. Because they use oxygen from within the room and release moisture as they burn, they are best used in a large, open space. Also, these units are not to be used in a bedroom, unless specified. Some models will have a 10,000 BTU limit and will be specified for bedroom use.
By James from 18704 on January 4, 2013
What conversion kit can i use?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 6, 2013
Answer:Unfortunately, this appliance cannot be converted. Due to possible dangers that will arise if a vent free fireplace is incorrectly converted, most manufacturers do not offer a conversion kit. The entire vent free firebox would need to be replaced with a new unit that burns the correct fuel. I apologize that I do not have a better option for you.
By Suzanne from Williamsville, KY on October 28, 2014
I would like this model but in white. Is this fireplace energy efficient? Will it heat a small, 1,000 square foot home?
By eFireplaceStore on October 28, 2014
By andrea from Minnesota on September 25, 2012
Can this unit be installed as a corner unit, or does it need to be on a flat wall?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on September 25, 2012
By Roger from Maple Grove, MN on February 17, 2015
How is this fireplace safe if it is not vented?
By eFireplaceStore on February 18, 2015
Answer:Vent free appliances are designed with several regulations and fail safe systems that ensure they will operate as designed. The pilot assembly uses what is known as an oxygen depletion sensor, which will shut the unit down in the event of oxygen levels becoming too low in the room. The burner assembly is also designed so that the log set will not come into direct contact with the flame, preventing the release of soot and carbon monoxide that can occur with a vented set. It is important to clean the unit on a yearly basis to remove any internal buildup of dust and spider webs.
By Art Heinz from Murray, KT on November 28, 2012
I am looking at the following product: Vail 26 Inch Vent-Free Special Edition Natural Gas Fireplace with Wooden Mantel - Nutmeg. Which remote do I need for this unit?
By Magan B. on November 28, 2012
By David from Lowell Mass. on September 4, 2013
Does this come with an electric blower?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on September 4, 2013
By randy from nc on March 22, 2014
Do you have this in a 24" because we have tile on the wall where a Franklin wood stove is that is 36" wide.
By Chris on March 24, 2014
By John from Montague, NJ on December 4, 2014
On what side of this fireplace is the gas supply?
By eFireplaceStore on December 4, 2014
Answer:The gas supply should be placed on the right hand side for this model, 7 1/2 inches back from the face of the mantel opening.
By James from Concord, VA on October 8, 2015
Does this Empire Vail 26 inch vent-free Special Edition natural gas fireplace with wooden mantel come with a built in blower?
By Tyler M. on October 8, 2015
By Tim from Chesterton, IN on March 7, 2013
Does this unit have a glass panel over the screen?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on March 7, 2013
Answer:No, this vent-free fireplace has a fixed screen but no glass panel. No vent-free fireplace can utilize a glass panel because the units need to be open to the room for combustion air.
By Joel from Arkansas on October 19, 2013
Could a widescreen TV be placed on top of this mantel?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 21, 2013
Answer:The mantel in this package deal is indeed strong enough to support a widescreen television. The television should be pushed as far back as possible to prevent rising heat from damaging it.
By JJ from Colorado on April 28, 2014
Can this unit be installed on existing carpet floor, or should the carpet be removed?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on April 28, 2014
Answer:This fireplace cannot be installed directly on carpet. We recommend either removing the carpet (assuming a concrete slab is underneath) or simply using a sheet metal spacer measuring the width and depth of this fireplace on top of the carpet before installing this fireplace.
By Alex from Lamesa tx on November 5, 2011
Is this like a potable one that can be moved from one room to another as long as it is connected to natural gas?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on November 7, 2011
Answer:It can indeed be relocated from room to room. However, due to it's BTU rating it cannot be installed in a bedroom.
By Joan from Warren, ME on September 8, 2015
Does this Empire Vail 26" vent-free Special Edition natural gas fireplace with wooden mantel work without electricity?
By Brennan W. on September 9, 2015
Answer:This unit does not require electricity. Electricity will be required, however, if you install a blower with this fireplace.
By amy from ny on February 5, 2012
I have had this unit for 3 years, and it's been great, though my the remote isn't working, but the manual switch does. What do you think is wrong?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on February 6, 2012
Answer:This concern could be caused by something as simple as dead batteries in the remote transmitter or receiver or by something as severe as a defective remote. I would begin by replacing all the batteries in the remote system and performing a "Learn" procedure to re-sync the transmitter to the receiver. Instructions to do so can be found in your manual that came with the remote.