By Nicholas from Indianapolis, ID on January 29, 2015
I currently do not have a fireplace in my home at all. I was interested in framing out into the living room and adding an insert that I could surround with marble tile. Would this insert work for this type of job or would I need a different type of Firebox?
By eFireplaceStore on January 29, 2015
Answer:Most fireplace inserts are designed only for installation into an existing masonry fireplace. However, a few models can be used either way. This model is one that can be built into the wall, as you would require. Because of the relatively clean design and reliability, this has come to be a very popular model.
By Kelly from IL on July 28, 2013
Can I purchase the louvers that's in the picture? Or are they included?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on July 29, 2013
No, they must be purchased separately. The louvers shown in the item picture are the Empire Decorative Arch Louvers
, available in matte black and hammered pewter. You can see these in the "Accessories" tab on this item page.
By Sheila from Ashland, OH on October 3, 2014
How much does this unit weigh in the box?
By eFireplaceStore on October 6, 2014
Answer:This unit will arrive via freight carrier on a pallet. The approximate weight of the pallet and packaging will bring the shipment to 105 pounds. The unit itself weights 78 pounds when fully uncrated.
By Glenn Crew from Richmond, Texas on January 2, 2013
I am a general contractor and installed this unit for a customer over one year ago. The unit had been working great but now it will not light. I have checked the LPG pressure to the unit and all is within guidelines. The unit makes the beeps as it did prior but does not light. Just before it stops the consistent beeping it makes three quick beeps. It appears the unit is not getting gas. Is the millivolt defective?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 3, 2013
Answer:Per the manufacturer, the beeping is an indicator that the four AA batteries in the remote receiver box need to be changed.
By Gina from Atlanta, Ga on March 17, 2014
I am trying to determine all of the accessory items I would need to order to have a complete kit for inserting this item in to an existing fireplace. It appears that in addition to this item I can also purchase the empire sh-1 fireplace shroud and the empire df-28-lbl surround with glass panel. Do I also need a bottom cover? Is it necessary to purchase both the surround and the shroud?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on March 17, 2014
By Jeanne from Niskayuna, NY on September 23, 2012
Regarding delivery, what is meant by curbside and lift gate?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 24, 2012
Answer:"Curbside delivery" means that the freight company making the delivery is obligated to bringing the shipment to the curbside of your home address. You would be responsible for taking possession of the item and providing the means to unload it.
"Curbside delivery with liftgate" service will ensure that a truck with a power gate will make the delivery and lower the item to the ground. This is recommended in situations where you will not have assistance to unload the item or it is being delivered to an address without a dock.
By Dennis from KY on April 5, 2017
Where is the gas supply line located?
By Will M. on April 5, 2017
Answer:Facing the unit, the gas connection is on the right side.
By Lisa from Plymouth, MA on March 6, 2017
My fireplace opening is 48" long x 38" H, tapered 23" deep; will this be large enough?
By Will M. on March 7, 2017
The minimum opening requirements for installation of this insert are 30 3/4" W x 21 1/2" H x 14 1/4" D, so the issue will not be if it will fit, but finding a surround that will cover the remaining void left between the insert and fireplace opening. A shroud
is offered to fill this remaining void, but it only covers openings up to 48" W x 37 7/8" H.
By Rob from Nation Heights, PA on October 22, 2015
Can I purchase a remote control for this Empire medium Innsbrook vent-free gas fireplace insert with millivolt controls?
By Tyler M. on October 23, 2015
Answer:Yes, there are four remote controls options available for this insert. You can find these by scrolling through the "Popular Accessories for this Item" section on this item page.
By Craig from Plattsburgh, NY on April 6, 2017
Reading your specs & trying to determine difference between Empire the VFP28IN33LP and the VFP28IN23LP? What difference am I missing?
By Will M. on April 6, 2017
Answer:The VFP28IN23LP has a built in modulating hydraulic thermostat valve with a rotary knob located on the firebox that allows you to adjust between non-specific temperature settings, between 1-5. The VFP28IN23LP may not be used with any remote or wall switch, whereas the VFP28IN33LP may be used with a wall switch, wall thermostat or any millivolt compatible On/Off or On/Off thermostatic remote.
By Greg from Santa Rosa, CA on February 11, 2014
Attached are 2 photos of the mantle that this would be inserted into. The dimensions of the mantle opening at the square point from the base to the bottom of the start of the archway are 32 3/4 W X 32 H X 13 3/4 depth.
If you could recommend a better option, please do. Do note that we have a natural gas input and that due to the nature of the space a ventless option would be best.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 11, 2014
Answer:Unfortunately, this mantel will not be able to house an insert, as the insert is designed to be installed into an existing firebox and combustible material cannot be this close to an opening.
This mantel appears that is was designed to overlay a traditional fireplace, although a vent free firebox and logs could potentially be used. My only reservation is that vent free appliances are not legal for use in California.
By Dana from Durham, NC on September 29, 2014
Can I order a custom surround for this insert? My masonry hearth opening measures 29 3/8 inches high x 41 inches wide - I think the 6 inch three sided surround will be about the right width (43 inches) but just a little short to cover the height.
By eFireplaceStore on September 30, 2014
Answer:Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not offer the option for a custom or larger surround for this model. A custom surround or backer plate would have to be custom made by a local metal shop. I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
By Lynn from Bloomington, IL on December 4, 2014
Do I need to purchase the upper and lower louvers or just one? Will it be OK as it comes without a louver? Does the louver just add to the looks of the fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on December 4, 2014
Answer:This unit will actually come with black slatted louvers as standard. The accessory louvers offered for this model are just an option that can be purchased to change the appearance of the insert, if you are interested in a different style.
By Melody from Maryland on February 11, 2013
I have a 673 sqft. open area in my basement. Will this particular unit adequately heat my room?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on February 11, 2013
Answer:Yes. The Btu rating on this insert is 28,000 at its highest setting, and this can heat approximately 800 square feet.
By Patrick Hoyne from Bellmore, New York on September 26, 2012
I have a conventional large chimney. Do I need a liner? If so, do I need rigid pipe or DuraFlex pipe? Finally, what diameter pipe is needed for an enclosed gas insert?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on September 27, 2012
Answer:This is a vent-insert, so no venting of any kind (liner, pipe, etc) is needed.
By Patrick Hoyne from New York on September 26, 2012
Does the enclosed gas insert include glass door?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on September 27, 2012
Answer:No. Since this is a vent-free unit, it will need to utilize room air for combustion. As such, there is no glass door on the unit nor is one available. The insert does come with a safety screen.
By Earl from NJ on November 10, 2015
How many BTU's does this Empire medium Innsbrook vent-free gas fireplace insert with millivolt controls put out if it is running full blast all day?
By Brennan W. on November 11, 2015
Answer:This unit has an input of 28,000 BTU's per hour. It is not meant to be run all day due to it's use of combustion air from the room during operation. It should not be used for longer than 3-4 hours at a time.
By Sandra from Snyder, TX on February 3, 2017
Would this fit a fireplace that is 36 inches wide?
By Will M. on February 3, 2017
Answer:So long as the other dimensions meet the 30 3/4" W x 21 1/2" H x 14 1/4" D minimum hearth requirements for installation of this insert, you should be able to install this product without issue.
By Joan from Boswell, OK on January 8, 2015
What does "zero-clearance" mean?
By Tyler M. on January 8, 2015
Answer:"Zero clearance" refers to a fireplace/insert's ability to be installed directly on a combustible surface - therefore there is zero clearance to combustibles. Please note that this refers to the bottom of the units, as some models do require a bit of air space around the back and sides, and most have stand-offs on the top. Installation directly on a wood platform is acceptable, though a unit should not be installed directly on carpet or vinyl.
By Cynthia from Fresno, CA on February 25, 2013
It says in the product description "convenient remote-ready millivolt controls." What does that really mean? Does it come with a remote or is it just remote ready, and I have to buy it separately? Is this the total package I need or are there extras I need to buy to get this insert installed and running? Can you tell me if I will need to order other parts?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 25, 2013
Answer:The "remote ready" description does indeed indicate that the unit can work with a remote or wall switch. However, it is not included in the price of the unit and must be added separately. The unit can work without this type of control, if one is not added immediately.
The necessary components to complete the installation are a surround and vent kit. The available surrounds for the unit can be seen under the accessories tab on the item page. Likewise, the venting kits can be seen under the Venting Components tab above. The vent kit needed will depend on the length of your chimney flue.
By Kimberly from South Bend, IN on January 20, 2015
Will this light if there is a power outage?
By eFireplaceStore on January 20, 2015
Answer:It will indeed. The product uses a standing pilot and does not require outside power for operation.
By Annette from Augusta, MI on January 25, 2013
How do I know if I need a shroud?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 25, 2013
The SH1BL shroud
is only needed when the surround that you choose for this Innsbrook insert does not cover your existing fireplace opening.
By Rhonda from McDowell, KY on October 19, 2014
I have an electric fireplace built into my double wide trailer. Can I have this removed and a gas insert fireplace installed to replace the electric one?
By Will M. on October 20, 2014
As long as this is not prohibited by local codes and the appliance is approved for use in a mobile home, this is acceptable. This particular fireplace is approved for use in mobile homes. You can view our entire selection of mobile home-approved fireplaces here.
By Paul from Fort Mill, SC on July 30, 2016
My fireplace meets all your minimum requirements except the front opening side to side is only 30.25" not your minimum stated as 30.75". Will this unit not fit in my fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on August 1, 2016
Answer:The required dimensions do indeed make it seem as if this unit will not fit, but that width is including a left and right side lip that sit flat against the face of the surrounding fireplace opening. The actual body of the fireplace tapers out to approximately 29 inches wide. As such, there would be no reason why the product would not fit for your installation into a non-combustible fireplace opening.
By Gina from Atlanta, Ga on March 12, 2014
I'm curious if this fireplace insert is suitable for use inside of an existing brick surround. I am also wondering if there are any parts that must be purchased along with this time to install it ( front cover, installation items, etc) Finally, I am curious about the different kids of controls available.What are millivolt controls?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 12, 2014
Answer:This insert can indeed be installed into an existing masonry fireplace enclosure. The unit is complete, save for the appropriately sized surround that must be purchased with the unit to cover any additional space between the brick fireplace and the edges of the unit.
The millivolt version of this unit allows you to utilize a hand held remote or a wall mounted thermostat. A simple on/off switch is another option. The model that uses hydraulic thermostat controls does not have an option for these controls. Instead, it has a built in thermostat that can be used to control temperature. The thermostat can be set at the beginning of operation and the insert will modulate to the temperature set point.
By Max from Athen, PA on November 3, 2016
My fireplace is tapered toward the rear; front opening 33", rear 26", 22" deep. Will the insert still fit?
By Michael from Thornton, CO on November 18, 2014
Does this fireplace have a blower fan?
By Kevin E. on November 18, 2014
Answer:Indeed, this unit does come with a variable speed blower.
By Joe O'Toole from New York on November 29, 2016
I am interested in purchasing this unit for my home. I have a unit in place now that I am replacing, and would like to place it in the same mantle piece. My outside measurements are 34' w x 31" h . I want to know if this piece would fit in my current mantle.
By Mike from OK on January 12, 2016
Can the blower on this Empire medium Innsbrook vent-free gas fireplace insert with millivolt controls be operated by remote control?
By Will M. on January 12, 2016
You could plug the receiver of the SkyTech 3301PF Thermostatic Remote Control with LCD Screen
into the junction box and plug the blower into the receiver, but this would only provide On/Off control of the blower and not control the speed. The blower for the insert in question will cycle on and off automatically via the included temperature switch without installing this remote.