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Empire Vail 26 Inch Vent-Free Gas Fireplace with Modulating Hydraulic Thermostat

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This Vail 26 Inch Special Edition Vent-Free Gas Fireplace is truly an all-in-one solution for people with a little less room in their homes. The compact design of this fireplace is perfect for smaller rooms and tight spaces, the setup requires no bulky venting, and the efficient Contour burner cranks out up to 20,000 BTU's of power.

This unit is also easy to install and features a built-in modulating hydraulic thermostat for easy operation. It includes a realistic Flint Hill log set with glowing embers and a matte black hood, frame, and louvers. You'd be hard-pressed to find an appliance with a more professional, more finished look.

You can also count on the 5-year limited warranty that this fireplace includes. That adds long-term peace of mind to what is already an unbelievable home heating package.


Please Note: This item is a vent free appliance and installation of it may be prohibited in your jurisdiction. Customers are responsible for checking local codes and regulations prior to purchase.

Features

  • Compact design is ideal for small rooms and tight spaces
  • Realistic Flint Hill log set with glowing embers
  • Efficient Contour burner produces up to 20,000 BTUs
  • Built-in modulating hydraulic thermostat
  • Requires no venting
  • Comes with matte black hood, frame, and louvers
  • 5-year limited warranty
Specifications:
  • Actual Dimensions: 26" W x 30 1/4" H x 13 1/8" D
  • Framing Dimensions: 30 1/2" W x 30 3/4" H x 13 1/4" D
Manufacturer: Empire
Part Number: VFD-26-FP20LN
eFireplaceStore Item Number: CUI-VFD26FP20L


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5 Stars based on 4 Review(s)
Kim
Pennsylvania
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

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December 16, 2013
Very nice keeps the house nice & cozy
Cons:
Kind of expensive compared to other natural gas fireplaces

Dee
Virginia
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Heats Like Crazy
December 27, 2012
After researching vent free gas fireplaces for a couple of months I chose this one. I wanted white and one that was not too big or too small and this is just the right size. I have a small 50 ish cottage and by the end of the day the low setting is heating the whole house. The electricity went out for about a hour and it sure was nice to have heat! I had professionals install it so I can't comment on that issue.
Pros:
Beautiful, simple design and a nice size. It looks like a quality product that beongs in the house.
Cons:
Would like the flame to be a bit higher sometimes but it really doesn't distract from pleasure.

BB
Manchester, Maryland
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Beautiful Fireplace
September 4, 2011
We ordered this fireplace on line. It was a little scary with a large purchase as this. We had a perfect experience with delivery in 4 days, the entire order including thermostat was the right one for our fireplace thanks to the man who called us to tell me the correct one to order. (Tyler). We had it installed and are all set for the first frost in Maryland. Thanks efireplacestore. BB
Pros:
very impressive for the size, Nutmeg is a beautiful color.

Dawn
5 Stars

Review for
December 23, 2010
This is the best part. Everything together in one piece. Beautiful product. Using it everyday. Heats the whole first floor of my house!



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By Virgie from Comanche, OK on December 24, 2012
My mantle opening is 27" wide x 31 " tall and 12" deep. Although there is a vent, I had it closed due to wasted heat escaping through the vent. I had the free-standing New Englander removed because the thermostat didn't work and replacement parts were not located. Will this fireplace just slide in the opening, or will I need a firebox or other sort of wall protection?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 26, 2012

Answer:
While a manufactured unit such as this Vail fireplace could be installed into an existing cabinet/mantel, there must be sufficient clearances. The framing dimensions required for this unit to fit are 30 1/2 inches wide by 30 3/4 inches tall, making it slightly too large for your opening.

You could go with the smaller version of this unit, which is the Vail Vent-Free Natural Gas Fireplace - 24 Inch. This unit is small enough to fit your application and can be finished out with a noncombustible trim of your choosing.

By Jim from Thornwood, NY on November 13, 2013
Can this unit be installed in a wall with an enclosure built outside?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 13, 2013

Answer:
Certainly. I recommend insulating the enclosure and lining the interior with either drywall or fiberboard to help in keeping cold air from bleeding through the fireplace and into the room when it is not in use.

By Maggie from NJ on September 15, 2013
I don't have an existing fireplace, would this be able to be wall mounted or does it need the mantel?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on September 16, 2013

Answer:
This model can be framed into a wooden enclosure or installed inside a cabinet mantel, such as the Empire EMBF11S Standard Wooden Mantel Cabinet with Base.

By Randolph Johnson from Box Springs Ga. on November 12, 2011
I am wanting to use in a corner. I have a bay window which is 28 inches from the corner to the edge of my windows. Can this be done?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on November 14, 2011

Answer:
This installation is definitely possible. These units only require a clearance of 2" to combustibles on either side. Your window will not be affected.

By Matt from Pine Hill, New Jersey on March 10, 2014
Is there no option for a remote with this model?
By Chris on March 10, 2014

Answer:
The valve system that this unit utilizes does not allow the use of a remote control. The comparable unit that allows the use of a remote control can be seen here.

By Randolph Johnson from Box Springs Ga. on November 15, 2011
On this unit can the flames touch the logs? I know on some they say the flames can not.
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 15, 2011

Answer:
The flames on this unit will not touch the logs. This is to ensure complete combustion and prevent problems with carbon monoxide and soot. While some vent-free appliances may have minimal contract with flames and logs, the vast majority are going to avoid that altogether to prevent any potential issues with incomplete combustion.

By Pam from Verdi, NV on November 11, 2013
We want a propane fireplace to place in a guest suite that is approx 1,000 square feet. This would be the only heat source for that room. Would this be the appropriate fireplace to use in this space?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on November 12, 2013

Answer:
With a 20,000 BTU burner, this model will not be quite sufficient for heating your 1,000 square foot area. We recommend a larger version of the Vail vent-free fireplace, such as the Vail Premium Vent-Free Natural Gas Fireplace with Remote Ready Controls and Blower - 36" - VFP-36-BP31LN. The blower included with that unit will help maximize the efficiency of the 36,000 BTU burner.

By Lisa from Redding, California on February 15, 2014
We are building a 700 sq.ft. addition to our home for my parents. We are looking at direct vent fireplaces, this is a vent free fireplace. What is the difference, and would this work as a corner unit? Does it have a blower? How does the thermostat work? We have natural gas.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 17, 2014

Answer:
Vent free fireplaces are designed to use combustion air from the room and return all heated air back to the space. They burn cleanly, but can cause issues for anyone with a sensitive nose or allergies. They are also not legal for use in California.

For a primary source of heat in an addition, the direct vent model would be a better choice, as no combustion air is used from the room and air quality is not affected. Like the vent free, direct vent models offer accessory blowers and can be controlled by a wall thermostat or remote.

By Ken from Colchester, Vermont on May 22, 2014
Does this use propane or natural gas?
By eFireplaceStore on May 22, 2014

Answer:
This unit is available in both fuel types. You will need to select the fuel type needed from the drop down selection box that is located just beneath the pricing information.

By Diane from Ronald washington.Total off thr grid. on September 13, 2012
I'm inquiring about a vent-free propane fireplace - 40,000 BTU. How does ths work without being vented and not causing carbon dioxide posing?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 14, 2012

Answer:
Vent free fireplaces operate very cleanly due to their highly engineered burner assemblies which burn their fuel supply completely. They do not produce carbon monoxide and the amount of carbon dioxide produced is negligible.

This being said, they function best in larger rooms, as the heat output from the unit can render smaller spaces a bit stifling. These units have a BTU limit of 40,000, in order to keep the amount of oxygen used from within the home to acceptable levels.

By Jeremy from Pittsburgh, PA on December 10, 2013
From what I read it doesn't appear that I need to add any additional accessories, is that correct? It appears that it is the firebox, hood, logs, and embers. I take it that the inside of the firebox is a flat black finish and is not required to have the ceramic brick accessory. Can you give me any other information on this and confirm my findings?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 10, 2013

Answer:
This unit is indeed complete and does not require any additional components to be installed. The ceramic liner panels that are offered are purely for appearance purposes with this model. The unit has an internal thermostat that can be set to modulate the temperature within the room, making it an effective supplemental heater.

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