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
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
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
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
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 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.