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

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    Product Details
    Manufacturer: Empire
    Part Numbers: VFD26FP20LN, VFD26FP20LP
    eFireplaceStore Item Number: CUI-VFD26FP20L
    UPCs: 720968991065, 720968991058


    • 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
    • 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
    * 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.

    *Also Note: This Model Cannot Be Used With An Optional Remote Control Or Wall Switch/Wall Mount Thermostat. A Rotary Knob Is Located On The Unit To Control The Temperature Setting.

    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.

    Customer Questions & Answers
    By Joyce from Berea, OH on October 2, 2014
    Does this unit not have a mantle? I am interested in this size of vent free natural gas fireplace but I do need a mantle.
    By eFireplaceStore on October 3, 2014

    This unit is available as a special edition version with a mantel included. An example is the Empire Vail 26" Vent-Free Special Edition Natural Gas Fireplace with Wooden Mantel - Nutmeg. We also offer another, larger mantel that can be used with this model. In addition to purchasing the unit without the mantel, you could purchase the Empire EMBF11S Standard Wooden Mantel Cabinet with Base - For 26" Vail Fireplaces. This mantel is larger than the special edition version and features different styling.

    By James from Republic, PA on September 25, 2014
    Will this unit fit my fireplace with an opening of 28 1/2" W by 30 1/2" H by 20 1/2"D?
    By eFireplaceStore on September 25, 2014

    While you have plenty of depth, the width and height will need to be expanded slightly. This unit requires 30 1/4 inches of width and 30 3/8 inches of height to fit properly.

    By Angela from Tucson, AZ on October 3, 2014
    Can this model be used in a bedroom?
    By eFireplaceStore on October 6, 2014

    There is a 10k BTU limitation for vent free appliances. As such, the correct version of this appliance to use is the Empire Vail 10,000 BTU Vent-Free Natural Gas Fireplace - 26" - VFD-26-FP30L10N. While the size and log set is the same, the unit will have a smaller main burner orifice to allow it to conform to the BTU limitation.

    By Mark from San Francisco, California on December 15, 2016
    What is the thermal efficiency of unit is it greater than 60%? 20,000 BTU input?What is output into room?

    By Will M. on December 15, 2016

    Ventless hearth systems are 99% efficient as there is no heat loss.

    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

    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 Richard from MI on June 9, 2016
    Can I get a corner cabinet to go around this unit?
    By Will M. on June 9, 2016

    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

    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 Danny from Springfield, MO on October 7, 2016
    Our power went out not too long ago, as did the pilot light. I turned off the switch on the gas just to be safe; how do I go about getting the pilot light back on?
    By Brennan W. on October 7, 2016

    The lighting instructions for your unit can be found on page 17 of the unit's product manual, linked here.

    By Llanea from Godley, TX on October 17, 2016
    Do I have to purchase the mantel? I have a Pro Com Fireplace now and the pilot will burn, but it will not ignite. We have an individual who builds fireplaces and services the gas fireplaces. He said we would have to replace it. I do not want a new mantel, just an insert. We have been pleased with the unit we have except for the length of service. We have only had it 6 years and now have to replace it. Is it possible to get a recommendation for an individual who can see if it really does need to be replaced? Thank you.
    By Tyler M. on October 17, 2016

    The mantel is not required for this Vail 26" model; you can certainly purchase the fireplace by itself. We do not offer specific recommendations for an installer, but you may call local HVAC and plumbing companies for advice.

    By Keitha from CO on November 29, 2015
    Does this Empire Vail 26 inch vent-free gas fireplace with modulating hydraulic thermostat fit into the wall or can it be mounted on the wall?
    By eFireplaceStore on November 30, 2015

    This unit is designed to be built into the wall only. Framing dimensions for the installation are listed in the owner's manual located on the item page for this unit.

    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

    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 Shawn from Milford, CT on September 6, 2014
    Can I add doors to this unit?

    By eFireplaceStore on September 8, 2014

    Several of the larger models in the Vail series of vent free units offer decorative screen doors, however this 26 inch model does not offer that option. I apologize for the inconvenience.

    By Billy from Danville, Va on October 9, 2016
    Can you install a blower on this model?
    By Will M. on October 10, 2016

    Yes. The optional blower is shown under "Popular Accessories for this Item." Please note that you will also need to purchase and install the Empire Wire Extension Kit for FBB4 Variable-Speed Blower.

    By Tom from Warminster, PA on August 16, 2015
    What is a modulating hydraulic thermostat?
    By Brennan W. on August 17, 2015

    The hydraulic thermostat is located behind the lower louver assembly and allows you to have the unit come on and off to maintain a desired temperature.

    By Gary from PA on March 11, 2017
    What square footage will this unit heat?
    By Owen on March 13, 2017

    This unit is rated at 20K BTUs, so it will heat up to 100 Sq. Ft.

    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 Karen from UT on July 30, 2017
    Can the inside of the firebox be painted?
    By Owen on July 31, 2017

    Yes, providing you use a high heat rated stove paint such as stove bright.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    By Stacy from GA on September 16, 2015
    Does this Empire Vail 26 Inch vent-free gas fireplace require any electricity?
    By Chris C. on September 17, 2015

    This fireplace does not require any external power source to operate. If you were to add the optional blower, 110V power would be necessary to operate the blower, but the fireplace would still operate and provide heat in the event of a power outage.

    By Deena from Lenox, MA on October 5, 2015
    Can this Empire Vail 26 inch vent-free gas fireplace with modulating hydraulic thermostat be set up to run on propane gas? We do not have natural gas where I live.
    By Tyler M. on October 5, 2015

    This fireplace is available for purchase either for use with natural gas or propane. Please select "Propane" in the "Choose Fuel Type" menu below the pricing information to order the unit for use with propane.

    Customer Reviews
    Empire Vail 26 Inch Vent-Free Gas Fireplace with Modulating Hydraulic Thermostat ( 918.9 )
    5 out of 5 Stars based on 15 review(s) - sorted by Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    A Great Addition to Our Home
    from Beals, MI on
    July 4, 2017
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    We recently purchased a ventless propane fireplace for our new sunroom so that we could enjoy it all year round. The Empire 26 was a great choice and looks great on the raised platform; we prepared to feature it as the focal point of the room. The only disappointments are that it was not equipped with a remote and the flame control level shows little difference from low to high, making the flame pretty much the same all the time. All in all, we are very happy with our purchase, the ease of the transaction, the speedy well-packaged shipping to the door, and the quality of the product.

    from NYon
    April 25, 2017
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    As always from this store, my 2nd fireplace is as great as my first for this house. My total purchases for 2 homes is 4. I'm very very satisfied with the fireplaces.
    Easy installation. Customer service great. Whenever I needed assistance the help desk was there with the answers, including when I misplaced my instructions for programming, they walked me through it. Two of my friends have made purchases as well. They, too, are very pleased.

    A quality gas log fire place
    from VESTAVIAon
    January 4, 2017
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Easy to order from experienced technicians. Fed Ex delivery man was great. He delivered created box to carport to inspect, well packed,then helped my neighbor carry 200 lb. fire place inside house. Easy to put together. Recommend brick liner and remote. Technician will walk you through any questions. This fire pace is beautiful. The wood mantel and logs look great. I helped a friend buy a gas log insert in town at a local dealer and my fire place looks just as good as the $3,000 unit and easier to install. The Empire Vail 26" looks just like the picture but better in your own house. The gas logs look real and the flame is beautiful. The logs are 20" in the front and 16" in the back of the fire place. Rated five stars because it is.
    Easy from the get go, to the end. The technicians are there for you if you need help.

    Exceptional Service
    from Keyport, NJon
    March 2, 2016
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Recently ordered a new gas vent-free fireplace for my kitchen. I did a lot of research and eFireplaceStore offered the greatest selection and prices. I placed my order on a Sunday and by Wednesday, 3 days later I had my new fireplace. The item was packed well and I had no problem assembling and installing the unit. I ordered a great amount of items online and sometimes companies can't promise what they say. eFireplaceStore delivered on all that they said they would. Great experience.

    Good value
    from West Mifflinon
    January 7, 2016
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Great service product arrived with in a week. Support team was excellent with help on installation
    Smell from the gas

    Couldn't be more pleased
    from Murrayon
    November 26, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    The fireplace came shipped by fed ex. The driver was most helpful and we unloaded in minutes. The installation was easy and we where as warm as a pop tart in minutes. This is a product I would recommend for any need to bring more heat to a area. Just need to add the fan and we will be set.
    Quick shipping easy to assemble
    We should have ordered the fan with the fireplace

    I absolutely love my new fireplace
    from Alabamaon
    August 16, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    My husband of 59 years and I moved to our little lake house recently. We had wall heaters and even though they kept us warm, we were not happy with the look. We wanted our livingroom to be more inviting and it really is now. This fireplace makes it look like something out of a magazine. It takes a lot to impress someone my age, but this really does it. The customer service department were a great help to me. I'm so thankful I found this company and this wonderful fireplace.
    It looks just like it was built in.

    Great addition
    from Las Vegas Nevadaon
    January 17, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Am really enjoying my vent free fireplace. It was not difficult to put together although some of the directions were a little confusing. Puts out a great deal of heat, without a blower.

    looks good
    from Ramsey, NJon
    December 10, 2014
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    I did receive the fireplace earlier than expected that was good. Nothing was damaged. It works great. Finished product looks good.

    We love it!
    Cindy S.
    from Indiana, United Stateson
    December 6, 2014
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    We have had the fireplace for a little over two weeks, and we absolutely love it. It was incredibly easy to install and set up. It easily and reliably turns on when the temperature changes. The fire is attractive and very, very warm while the top mantle stays cool. It is very attractive with nice details and decorative touches.
    Well constructed. Attractive. Reliable. Warm!
    None that we can think of at this time.

    Perfect addition!
    from Beech Island, SCon
    November 3, 2014
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    We bought this as a gift for my son's family. It was installed earlier this week and already in use. They love the fireplace. Not only is it beautiful but it is very functional. I am sure they will love it for many years to come. It arrived within a few days after it was ordered. We are 100% pleased with the whole process.

    Vent-Free Natural Gas Fireplace
    from Pennsylvaniaon
    December 16, 2013
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Very nice keeps the house nice & cozy
    Kind of expensive compared to other natural gas fireplaces

    Heats Like Crazy
    from Virginiaon
    December 27, 2012
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    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.
    Beautiful, simple design and a nice size. It looks like a quality product that beongs in the house.
    Would like the flame to be a bit higher sometimes but it really doesn't distract from pleasure.

    Beautiful Fireplace
    from Manchester, Marylandon
    September 4, 2011
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    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
    very impressive for the size, Nutmeg is a beautiful color.

    Review for
    from on
    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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