By Denise from VA on October 21, 2015
Does this Empire VFP30CA30 Heritage vent-free cast iron gas stove with porcelain finish require a fireproof mat under it or can it sit safely on hardwood flooring?
By Chris C. on October 21, 2015
Answer:This stove does not require a hearth pad or non-combustible material to be set upon. With a 0" clearance to flooring requirement, you would be able to set this stove directly atop hardwood flooring.
By Kenneth from Harelton, TX on January 14, 2016
Do the flames of this Empire VFP30CA30 Heritage vent-free cast iron gas stove with porcelain finish hit and heat up the logs so it really looks like wood is burning? Do they glow?
By Chris C. on January 14, 2016
Answer:Due to this being a vent free appliance, the flames will not come into contact with the logs so as to not produce soot or carbon monoxide. However, the use of rock wool ember media directly atop the burner will give the appearance of charcoal in front of the bottom front log to make it look more realistic.
By Jean from Osceola Mills, PA on November 7, 2012
Does this burner shut down when the temperature in the room reaches the control's setting? Or does it keep running until I have to manually lower it or shut it off when the room becomes too hot?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 7, 2012
Answer:This particular stove uses a manual gas valve which will only turn the unit on and off automatically when equipped with a thermostatic wall switch or remote. If not equipped with these items, the stove must be operated by hand.
By Mabel from Narragansett, RI on February 10, 2013
We are considering this type of heating system to provide low heat to a beach house that is closed up for the winter - heat would be left on at about 55 over the winter.
Is a vent free propane heating system suitable (and safe) for this type of use? If not, can you recommend another type of unit? The house location frequently loses electric power so it needs to be able to maintain, or restart itself, in such events.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 11, 2013
Answer:This unit could serve this purpose, as long as it is not the only source of heat in the home when it is being used. As a primary heat source to be used while the home is not occupied, the unit would do fine. Being a millivolt (standing pilot) type of appliance, power disruptions would not interrupt operation of the unit. Only the optional accessory blower would be effected in such an event.
By George from Dallas, TX on September 4, 2014
Would this unit be suitable for a covered back porch outside? I am concerned about how much heat it would put out just for setting next to it in colder months and if it gets hot to the touch.
By eFireplaceStore on September 4, 2014
Answer:The porcelain finish would hold up well in a covered outdoor environment, but this appliance is technically designed for indoor applications only. The issue is that pollen, dust, and mold in outdoor air can quickly built up on the internal air shutter and foul the oxygen sensor in the pilot assembly. As such, I cannot guarantee how well it would do.
The unit puts out a fair amount of heat and even on a covered porch, it would probably heat 300 square feet of area. The body of the stove can reach 250 to 300 degrees.
By Audie from AL on November 16, 2015
Can I cook on top of this Empire VFP30CA30 Heritage Vent-Free Cast Iron Gas Stove with Porcelain Finish - Propane - VFD-30-CC30BP in case of a power failure?
By eFireplaceStore on November 16, 2015
Answer:Output of this stove is not sufficient to cook upon, as the unit primarily transmits heat through the glass front, as opposed to the top of the casting.
By JOHN A VERGNNETTI from WEST HAVEN CT, 06516 on February 21, 2012
Does vent free produce the same heat as direct vent?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on February 21, 2012
Often you get more heat from a vent free unit than you do with a direct vent appliance. This is simply due to the fact that a vent free appliance has no vent through which to potentially lose heat. That being said, there are often limitations on where vent free appliances can be installed. These imitations do not apply to direct vent units, though. Please follow the below link to peruse our gas appliance buying guide.
Gas Fireplace and Stove Buying Guide
By Jack from Seattle, WA on December 31, 2015
Can this Empire VFP30CA30 Heritage vent-free cast iron gas stove with porcelain finish be used in an exterior patio application? Also, can this unit be adapted for propane?
By Chris C. on December 31, 2015
This unit is designed for an indoor installation only. The valve, pilot assembly, and other components of the assembly would not hold up well when exposed to the temperature changes and humidity. Vent free appliances in general are almost always going to be gas type specific, and this model is specific for use with propane gas only. Lastly, if you wish to view the appliances we offer which are suitable for us outdoors, please review our selection of outdoor fireplaces
By Diana Buckler from Randolph, NJ on November 24, 2012
In view of my recent experience of 12 days w/o power during Hurricane Sandy, I am thinking of converting my wood burning fireplace into either a gas fired insert or a free standing gas stove, either vented or unvented, whichever is the best alternative. (FYI, this is an old house and a bit drafty so I can't imagine us lacking oxygen.)
I would like to know the following: 1) Do your gas fired stoves and inserts require electrical power? Can one cook over a gas fired, free standing stove? I intend to come to a decision sometime in the spring, so I'll be ready for the next onslaught. Also, we are two elderly women and need something that will not require too much technical knowledge or too much upkeep.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 26, 2012
Answer:I am sorry to hear of your ordeal. However, a gas fireplace insert or stove would be a great way to ensure you have heat in the event of a power outage. While an accessory blower would indeed require power to operate, most of the stoves we offer have a standing pilot that would allow the unit to function, assuming that gas service is still in play.
Unfortunately, gas stoves will not have a hot enough surface temperature to cook upon. Only a wood burning stove would be suitable for this. Gas stoves are indeed very simple to operate and once installed, only require the flip of a switch to ignite. You can also control them via a remote or wall thermostat.
By scott from Maryland on February 15, 2013
How many Btu's does this model require?
By Tommy H. on February 15, 2013
Answer:This is a 32,000 Btu maximum input unit.
By Thaddeus Lesnik from Billings, MT on January 9, 2017
If I switch my fuel source to natural gas at a later date, can I purchase a conversion kit for this stove?
By Owen on January 9, 2017
Answer:No, unfortunately this unit can not be converted.