By Robin from Peotone, IL on November 12, 2014
How many BTUs can this firebox produce?
By eFireplaceStore on November 12, 2014
Answer:Because this is a firebox only, there will not be a BTU rating listed for it. This model can house an 18 or 24 inch vent free log set of up to 40,000 BTUs of output.
By Jack Heet from Coolidge, AZ on December 11, 2012
Why do some rooms require ventilation when others don't?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 11, 2012
Answer:Room ventilation depends on a number of factors: room size, insulation in the home, and sizing of adjacent rooms will all come into play. There are also special restrictions placed upon using vent-free units in a bedroom.
By Darline from Brentwood, NY on April 19, 2013
Will this firebox fits a 48" width, 42" height mantel interior?
By Chris on April 19, 2013
Answer:With the standard hood installed on the fireplace, you need at least 11.5" from the top of the hood to the bottom of the mantel. The mantel would need to be raised slightly to be within clearances when the standard hood is installed. If you purchase the extended hood, the mantel would be within clearances.
By Robert Harding from Ulster Penna on December 27, 2016
I am in need of a part: blue plunger for the LP hook up.
By Owen on December 28, 2016
Answer:If you could please forward us a photo of the part you are looking to obtain with the make and model of the unit. So we are sure as to the exact part you are looking to get.
By Owen on December 28, 2016
Answer:If you could please forward us a photo of the part you are looking to obtain with the make and model of the unit. So we are sure as to the exact part you are looking to get.
By Mary from HI on August 14, 2013
I'm looking for a small vent free fireplace with very low heat. What would you recommend? Do you ship to Hawaii?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on August 14, 2013
This is a vent-free firebox only and does not include a ventless gas log set. We sell complete vent-free fireplace systems as small as 24", please see one example here:
Vail Vent-Free Propane Fireplace with Remote Ready Controls - 24" - VFP-24-FP30LLP
These Vail vent-free models are also available in 26" and 32" sizes.
We can ship to Hawaii, but we cannot offer free shipping. If you are interested in a full quote, simply reply with the fireplace model of your choice and your full shipping address.
By Roger from Early, IA on March 1, 2015
We are planning to build a 16x20 addition to our home. We want a natural gas fireplace that gives off a lot of heat. The addition will be open to the rest of the house. What would you recommend?
By Kevin E. on March 2, 2015
Answer:Either a vent free or direct vent gas fireplace would definitely be the way to go. Both do a great job of heating the space without pulling heat from the room (like a wood burning fireplace does). The vent free option would be much easier to install as there is no venting or chimney to worry about. However, some people find they are sensitive to the odors and humidity given off by a vent free unit. The direct vent option would be bit more costly in both up front cost and installation. But, it is completely sealed off from the room and as such provides efficient clean heat.
By Pat from FL on November 2, 2013
I want to replace an old fireplace, and I want one that would be flush with the room wall. It would be on an outside wall, so it could vent outside if needed. Tell me about your product. What do you think would work best?
By Kevin E. - NFI Certified Specialist on November 3, 2013
Rear vent , flush mount fireplaces are indeed available. Please note that this particular unit would not fit these criteria. It is vent free so no vent to the outside would be used. Also, it is just a firebox so a log set and burner assembly of your choosing would need to be added to complete it. If you are not opposed to a vent free unit this Breckenridge
can be installed flush with the wall. Again, a log set would need to be added to complete it.
By Jeanie Andre on October 17, 2011
Does this firebox come with the logs?
By Customer Service on October 17, 2011
The Breckenridge VFD32FB0L Deluxe Vent-Free Louvered Gas Firebox you inquired about does not come with gas logs. This firebox can be used to house ventless gas logs, which of course are available to be purchased separately.
You may find the gas logs for this box that you want by browsing our selection of gas logs, which can be found on our gas logs page at this link:
Be sure to enter the appropriate dimensions for this firebox (34" FW x 34" BW x 17" D) in our Gas Log Calculator, be sure to select "Ventless" under "Vent Type" and the other appropriate options, and then you will be given a list of results. These log sets will work for this firebox.
By Rick from Oak Park, Ill on January 20, 2013
Can this be placed inside a wall, but suspended a few feet off the floor? If so, what kind of surface should it rest on? I am finishing off my basement and will have a carpenter build per these dimensions with drywall.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 21, 2013
Answer:This unit certainly can be raised within the wall. Because it has a zero clearance to a wooden base, it would only be necessary to construct a 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 platform to support the box. The rest of the framing could then be completed with the same material.
By Mel from WA on September 27, 2016
What accessories are needed to make this unit work? How does it ignite?
By Will M. on September 27, 2016
This is simply a "firebox" and any firebox advertised on our site will not arrive with any gas log burner or ignition system. The ventless gas logs of your choosing will need to be ordered separately. If you are looking for a complete system that includes a ventless gas burner and ignition system, please view our selection of Vent Free Fireplaces.
You will need to select your gas type and "standard fireplace" from the filters on the left-hand side of this page.
By Kevin from Kingsport, TN on February 18, 2013
Is the louvered model shown here required if I plan to use the optional blower? Or can a non-louvered model firebox also use a blower kit?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on February 18, 2013
By William from Bradenton, FL on January 27, 2017
What are the actual firebox dimensions? Does this PRI e include the log set?
By Chaz on January 27, 2017
Answer:The unit's overall dimensions are 35 5/8" H x 34.5" W x 17 7/16" D. This unit does not include the log set, but will fit most 18" vent free log sets.
By Scott from Redmond, WA on November 5, 2014
I was thinking about having one of these installed in my main room in an outer wall of my house (unit would face to the interior of my main room downstairs). Besides the logs and the materials for branching from my main gas line in my crawl space, what other materials are required / needed? What is the average install time in hours for this unit not including the gas line branching?
By eFireplaceStore on November 5, 2014
Answer:Besides the gas line and the burner/log set, you would not need any other materials for the unit to operate. It can be finished with a noncombustible veneer of your choosing or it can be built flush with the surrounding drywall.
By Deborah from CT on October 28, 2016
Is a glass cover required to operate the unit? Or is the unit open?
By Brennan W. on October 28, 2016
Answer:This does not have a glass front. It has an open front.
By Barron from Pennsylvania on December 20, 2016
I'm looking for a vent-free, propane unit, that has the option of adding a thermostat (either on the fireplace or a remote thermostat). Which brands offer that as an option?
By Brennan W. on December 21, 2016
Answer:We have a few that would suit your needs. What size fireplace are you looking for?
By David from NY on November 30, 2013
Is there a thermostat control on this unit? If not, what models do have thermostat controls that I can set at about 70 degrees and not a dial temp control?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on December 2, 2013
This item is a vent-free firebox only, with no burner or log set included. We recommend using one of our 24" ventless log sets, many of which are available with an optional hand-held thermostat. Please see our full selection below:
Ventless Gas Logs
To get a log set with the possibility of adding a hand-held thermostat remote control, be sure to select one with either an "On/Off Remote Pilot Kit" or "Variable Flame Remote Pilot Kit."
By Walter from williams In. on March 1, 2016
How many BTUs is this item?
By Will M. on March 1, 2016
Answer:This is simply a firebox and will not have any Btu information as it will not arrive with gas logs. It can be used with most 18" vent-free log sets.
By Arleigh from Rhinelander, WI on November 19, 2013
Are vent free fireplaces and vent free gas logs legal to use in Wisconsin?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 19, 2013
Answer:Wisconsin has a different regulation on vent free appliances than any other state. The appliances are only allowed for use in homes built prior to 1980, siting that these homes will allow enough combustion air to filter in from the outdoors to allow the unit to operate properly. I advise that you check with you local code enforcement office, as they will have the final say on the matter.
By gabe from El Paso, Texas on December 26, 2012
Does this come with all the accessories to start the fire - that is, the blower, pilot, logs etc.?
By Chris on December 26, 2012
The Breckenridge VFD32FB0L Deluxe Vent-Free Louvered Gas Firebox does not come with gas logs. This firebox can be used to house ventless gas logs, which of course are available to be purchased separately.
You may view our gas log sets here.
The blower compatible for this firebox is the Empire FBB5 Automatic Single-Speed Blower
By Tom from Bangor, Maine on November 21, 2011
What is the BTU output of this unit?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 21, 2011
Answer:The BTU output of this firebox will depend solely on the log kit you choose to install into it.
Most 18" vent free log sets that fit this model produce between 20 to 35 thousand BTU's. Actual output will depend on the overall efficiency of the gas valve the log set is equipped with.
By Allen from Riverside, CA on October 28, 2013
Can I install this unit in an enclosed patio room? Would it require a vent kit or can I install it without one?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 29, 2013
By Patil from Fresno, CA on July 12, 2013
Can this fireplace be used in CA? Which fireplaces can be?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on July 12, 2013
Vent-free gas appliances are illegal pretty much across the board in all of California. As such, it is likely this vent-free firebox will not be approved by your local building inspector. We recommend a direct vent gas fireplace alternative; please see our full selection below:
Direct Vent Fireplaces
By Dan from Crown Point, IN on January 30, 2013
I read thru the info and see I also need to buy am 18" natural gas log set and brick liner. Is there anything else I am missing? Also, it appears from what I've seen and read that ventless gas units can be installed without a mantel and also without a tile surround or a tile floor in front. Am I correct?
Currently I have a TV hung on the wall about 12-15" above where I'd like to put this unit and would build the frame and a 6" high platform as per the instructions The flooring in the room is carpeting. Is this acceptable?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 31, 2013
Answer:This system will indeed be completed by the additional of an 18 inch ventless log system and the selection of a ceramic liner. The unit can be built into a wall without the use of a mantel and a hearth extension.
I would definitely recommend hanging the T.V. as far above the unit as possible. The more clearance the better, as the unit will release a great deal of heat that can affect electronics that are too close. I recommend placing the bottom of the T.V. no closer than 20 inches from the top of the fireplace opening.
By Kim from WV on October 27, 2015
Can this Empire Breckenridge VFD32FBOL Deluxe vent-free louvered gas firebox be used with an oak surround?
By eFireplaceStore on October 27, 2015
Answer:It can indeed, just as long as the minimum side and overhead clearances are maintained. These clearances are outlined in the owners manual.
By Tommy from Robert Lee, TX on November 29, 2014
This picture shows a type of hood just under the top set of louvers. Is this part of the basic firebox?
By eFireplaceStore on November 30, 2014
Answer:The hood will indeed be included as part of the unit. Most vent free boxes will include a deflector like this, due to the large amount of circulation that rises from the opening of the unit.
By Yvette from Philadelphia, PA on February 24, 2015
What does the inside of this firebox look like without upgrading? Is it a brick pattern?
By Tyler M. on February 24, 2015
Answer:The interior of this firebox will have a flat black finish if you choose not to order any of the optional liner kits. These kits are shown in the "Accessories" tab on this item page.
By Sharan from Chattanooga, TN on July 30, 2014
Would this work on an inside wall? I want to hang a flat screen TV over it. Would it need some kind of mantel?
By eFireplaceStore on July 30, 2014
Answer:The product could be installed against or within an inside wall, but the wall thickness will need to be increased to house the unit or an enclosure built around it. I recommend having the television recessed into the wall or protected with a mantel shelf to keep excessive heat from damaging it.
By Kathy on October 17, 2011
Seeking to replace current firebox as we are designing a stone wall with fireplace. Requirements are simple, gas, and needing glass doors. Would like it to be able to add some heat to the room and have the glass doors open for cleaning. ( they do get dirty) Venting is not an issue. Don't need surround and would prefer smaller size than existing fire box which is 38".
By Customer Service on October 17, 2011
Answer:Per all of your criteria, the CUI-VFD32FB0L would be a great choice. However, are you looking to completely remove your existing fireplace and install this one or were you more interested in purchasing an insert to place within your existing woodburning fireplace? I ask because this unit is designed to be a free-standing unit and not an insert.
By Art from Canada on April 5, 2014
Can this be hooked to a propane cylinder at my cabin and cycle on to keep pipes from freezing? - in other words I would like to keep the temperature just above freezing and hook up to a 100 lb tank so I can be a away for weeks at a time.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 7, 2014
Answer:Because this is a vent free firebox only, operation of the appliance will depend strictly on the log set you install into it. Many vent free log sets can be equipped with a thermostatic remote or a wall thermostat. The lowest possible operating temperature for most devices is 45 degrees. There is not an issue with supplying the log set with a free standing tank, but expected supply time of the tank will vary based on the average outside temperature and insulation of the cabin.
By George from Burnaby, BC, CAN on February 1, 2015
What mantel would you suggest to go with this gas firebox?
By eFireplaceStore on February 2, 2015
By Patrick from Downingtown, PA on November 17, 2014
I only have a 14 inch deep recess. Can this unit project out into the room and I box that portion in myself?
By eFireplaceStore on November 18, 2014
Answer:You can indeed box the projecting part of the unit with a combustible surround. This is the typical method used by most contractors that are refurbishing a firebox with a shallow opening.
By Paula from Woodbury, CT on January 11, 2012
We are looking to put a fireplace in the wall of our master bath. It would be an exterior wall of the house and the area, if need be, could be vented. The master is unfinished but would we have to put a build out for the wall to hold the fireplace in and are smaller models available? such as 26" gas fireplace?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on January 11, 2012
By Daniel from Jackboro, TN on February 3, 2014
Can this be used for propane gas?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on February 3, 2014
This item is the vent-free firebox only and does not include a burner or log set. You can indeed install any appropriately-sized ventless propane gas log set inside of it; please see our full selection below:
Ventless Gas Logs
*Please be sure to select "Propane" from the menu on the left-hand side of that page in the "Fuel Type" category.
By Ernest from Westminster, SC on October 18, 2014
How many square feet will this firebox heat?
By eFireplaceStore on October 20, 2014
Answer:Because this is a firebox only, the log set you install will have the deciding factor on the amount of area heated. This box can house most 18 inch vent free log sets, which usually have a BTU output between 30k and 35k. This is sufficient to heat 800 to 1000 square feet if the box is centrally located and in a warm climate.
By JT from TN on August 28, 2015
How much does this Empire Breckenridge VFD32FB0L Deluxe vent-free louvered gas firebox?
By Will M. on August 28, 2015
Answer:This product weighs 110 pounds.
By Andrew from Canton, OH on February 3, 2017
How efficient is this fireplace?
By Will M. on February 3, 2017
Answer:This is simply a firebox that is designed to be used with separately purchased ventless gas logs. Subsequently, this would have no efficiency rating on its own, however, ventless gas logs provide 99% efficiency.
By John from Verona, KY on November 21, 2012
Can this model be installed into a wall? The wall I am wanting to install on is the wall leading to the garage, meaning the back half of the firebox would be in the garage. Is this safe? Or what recommendations do you have?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 23, 2012
Answer:This unit can certainly be recessed into a wall. Installations such as yours are actually fairly common and are perfectly safe, as long as the clearances to combustible material around the fireplace is maintained.
I assume you will build an enclosure in the garage to conceal the unit? I do recommend insulating the enclosure and lining the interior with drywall or cement board, in order to hold the insulation in position. Insulating the enclosure will help to keep cold air from the garage from bleeding through the unit and into the home.
By Loy from Sevierville, TN on March 7, 2013
I have some friends who have ventless fire places some seem to have an odor. Is this normal and if not, is there a problem with their unit?. If I buy one of your ventless fireplaces, will my unit produce an odor?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on March 7, 2013
It is true that some consumers can indeed smell the fuel burning in vent-free gas appliances. This is not true across the board, and it seems to depend on each individual's sense of smell. Bottom line: It bothers some people and others never notice it (after the initial curing process). For more information about this and other factors to consider, please see the "Vent-Free" section of our Gas Fireplace and Stove Buying Guide below:
Gas Fireplace and Stove Buying Guide
By Victor from El Paso, TX on January 9, 2014
Can I use this fireplace with propane? How many square feet can I warm with this fireplace? Are the logs included, or do I buy them separately?
By Chris on January 9, 2014
This is simply just a firebox which can accept either a natural gas or propane 18" ventless log set. The logs for this firebox that we offer can be found here
By Johnny from Yonkers, NY on December 14, 2013
Does this come complete with the fire logs and the fire box?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on December 16, 2013
No, this item is the vent-free firebox only; it does not include a burner or log set. We recommend one of our 18" or 24" ventless log sets for installation inside this box; please see our full selection below:
Ventless Gas Logs
By Dennis Broe from Covington, GA on January 7, 2017
Does this come with a blower?
By Brennan W. on January 9, 2017
Answer:This does not come with a blower, but a blower can be purchased for it.
By Melinda from Falkville, AL on May 19, 2014
Does this come with the logs shown?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on May 19, 2014
Answer:This firebox does not include a log set. The interior dimensions will accommodate most 18 inch vent free log sets, but it is recommended to double check the manufacturer requirements before settling on a set of logs.
By Betty from Atlanta, GA on March 18, 2016
Will the 18" Empire ventless logs (Stacked Oak, Charred Oak, or Whiskey River log styles) fit in this unit?
By Seth on March 18, 2016
Answer:This box will fit any vent less log set that requires a 28" middle width or less without the addition of brick panels. 26.5" with the addition. The middle width and depth requirements will be listed on the product page for the log sets.
The dimensions of this fire box are 31" FW x 25 3/16" BW x 14 1/8" D without panels and 29 5/16" FW x 24" BW x 13 5/16" D with panels.
By Bobby from MN on October 13, 2012
How much propane would this use running wide open?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 15, 2012
Answer:The amount of fuel used would depend on the vent free log set used in this firebox. As there is a great deal of difference between brands, it would be necessary to select a log set for the box to determine that amount of fuel that would be used. Most vent free sets would use 1/4 to nearly 1/2 a gallon per hour of operation.
By Jack from Fairfield, CT on October 20, 2013
I would like to order the Empire EMBF1S Standard Wooden Mantel Cabinet with Base- EMBF-1S-UO and I am wondering if this unit would fit the EMBF1S Mantel. Can you tell me? I have natural gas for the fire place in my house.
Additionally, should I purchase an 18“ vent free natural gas log set for the firebox? If yes, can you please recommend one for me?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 21, 2013
This firebox and mantel are indeed a correct match for one another. The firebox is designed to utilize 18 inch or 20 inch vent free logs. The least expensive offering that we carry that will fit properly is the Real Fyre 20" Golden Oak Designer Ventless Natural Gas Logs Set with Safety Pilot Kit
. This manually operated log kit will be a perfect fit for the 32 inch opening and even though it is inexpensive, it still features the high quality finish that is typical of Peterson logs.
By Lori from Van Buren, Missouri on February 21, 2012
I have a brick fireplace and would like to know if there are any vent-free propane fireboxes that would fit a 36"w x 28"h opening?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on February 21, 2012
We do indeed have a few vent free inserts that would work for you. Please follow the below link to view these products. Please keep in mind that these items will require a surround kit to finish installation. These surround kits can be found on the "Accessories" tab of each inserts' page.
Vent Free Fireplace Inserts
By Michael from Dallas, TX on October 25, 2013
Does this firebox include a brick liner?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 25, 2013
By Brian from Chicago, IL on October 24, 2015
Does this Empire Breckenridge VFD32FBOL Deluxe vent-free louvered gas firebox come with the fresh air kit or does that need to be purchased separately?
By eFireplaceStore on October 26, 2015
By Diane Detwiler-Zapp from Wickenburg, AZ on November 16, 2016
Can you use LP gas with this firebox?
By Richard from henderson, nc on November 28, 2011
What type of brick liner comes standard with this firebox? Is it like the picture?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 29, 2011
Answer:There is no standard liner with this firebox; there is none included. You must choose one of the options for liner listed in the "Accessories" tab (to the immediate right of the "Item Description") on this page.
By kenny from Los Angeles on December 18, 2012
What is the heating area this unit can heat up?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on December 18, 2012
This item is a vent-free firebox only and does not include a burner or logs. A ventless log set will need to be purchased separately, and the heated area will depend on the BTU rating of that set. Please see our full selection of ventless gas log sets(this box will accept most 18" ventless log sets):
Ventless Gas Log Sets
By John from Pittsburgh, PA on February 27, 2014
Can I build a custom cabinet around the fire box, using wood framing? I want to build a corner TV stand and put the fire box under it.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 27, 2014
Answer:You can indeed construct a custom combustible enclosure around this unit. As long as the clearances specified in the manual are maintained, the installation will be fine.
By Diana from Perrinton, MI on July 21, 2014
What kind of special materials are needed when installing this, such as special fireboard to surround it? Could we then create a tile or fancy routered wood frame around it? Then we'd like to put a flat screen with shelf for a DVD player and dish equipment above that. How much space, up and down, would we need?
By Chris C. on July 22, 2014
Answer:For installation of this firebox, no special framing materials are required as long as the clearance requirements outlined in the owner's manual are followed. You could indeed utilize a decorative tiling or woodwork, such as a mantel to finish off the installation, but the louvers at the top and bottom of the firebox must not be covered allowing for adequate air flow through the fireplace chassis. The clearance requirements to electronics are not outlined as clearly due to this not being tested by the manufacturer, but I would stick with the clearance requirements to a mantel when installing electronics above a fireplace. Ideally, the items would be set into the wall above the firebox so as to avoid as much heat exposure as possible.
By Mark from MI on March 12, 2014
Does this unit come with a blower? If so is it remote or manual?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 12, 2014
Answer:This unit does not ship with a blower as a standard feature, but it is an optional accessory that can be seen at the bottom of the accessory tab on the item page. The power to the blower must be manually switched on, but power can be left on all the time, as the blower uses a thermostatic switch to control operation. With the power turned on, the blower will usually activate 10 to 15 minutes after the gas appliance is lit and will switch off 15 to 20 minutes after the appliance is turned off.
By Rocky Ray from Roy, NM on October 27, 2012
I am looking for a 10,000 BTU or less ventless propane fireplace for a bedroom. Do you have any such fireplaces?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on October 29, 2012
By Sandy from Chapmanville, WV on January 11, 2016
Does this gas firebox have a blower or fan? How big of an area does it heat?
By Will M. on January 12, 2016
Because this is a firebox only, the log set you install will have the deciding factor on the amount of area heated. This box can house most 18 inch vent free log sets, which usually have a BTU output between 30k and 35k. This is sufficient to heat 800 to 1000 square feet if the box is centrally located and in a warm climate. This model will not include a blower, but the Empire FBB-5 Automatic Single-Speed Blower - For Breckenridge Fireboxes
may be purchased separately.
By Greg from NY on October 26, 2016
I have a ventless gas log set that is emitting very little heat. How can I increase the heat output?
By Brennan W. on October 27, 2016
Answer:This may help with heat output if your current fireplace has no damper available. Otherwise, the only assistance using this fireplace could add is that you can install a blower in this firebox, which will push the heat out quicker.
By Rob from Dodgeville, WI on January 21, 2015
Do I need to purchase a firebox liner with this?
By eFireplaceStore on January 21, 2015
Answer:A liner does not have to be used with this firebox. The box is able to be used with the standard matte black metal opening.
By Trisha from Roscoe, MT on December 18, 2015
Can this Empire Breckenridge VFD32FBOL Deluxe vent-free louvered gas firebox be used with propane?
By eFireplaceStore on December 18, 2015
Answer:Because this is a firebox only, it can be used with either propane or natural gas vent free logs of the appropriate size.
By Nick from Pittsburgh, PA on December 27, 2016
I am looking for a "standard" simple black / glass door set for this unit?
By Will M. on December 27, 2016
Answer:All of the available door options are shown under "Popular Accessories for this Item" on the product page for this firebox.
By Bill M. from Mokena on November 3, 2016
Can this fireplace be mounted in a wall with a 55" TV above it (without damaging the TV)?