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    Empire Vail Premium Vent-Free Natural Gas Fireplace with Remote Ready Controls and Blower - 36" - VFP-36-BP31LN

    1,299.60
    List Price: $1,599.99
    Sale Price: $1,299.60
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    • 36" gas fireplace with realistic charred oak log set
    • Burner generates 36,000 BTUs with 99.9% efficiency
    • Includes matte black hood, matte black slat louvers, and a blower
    • Remote-ready millivolt controls
    • Ceramic pellets in burner tumble create natural-looking flames
    • Requires no venting
    • Zero clearance certified
    • Hem-bent seams eliminate unreliable screws and fasteners
    • Reliable standing/piezo ignitor and oxygen depletion safety sensor
    • Natural gas and propane models available
    • Specifications: 34 3/4" H x 36" W x 17 3/8" D
    • Framing Dimensions: 38 1/4" H x 39 1/2" W x 17 7/8" D
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    Product Details
    Manufacturer: Empire
    Part Number: VFP36BP31LN
    eFireplaceStore Item Number: CUI-VFP36FP31LN-KIT
    UPC: 720968997548

    Features

    • 36" gas fireplace with realistic charred oak log set
    • Burner generates 36,000 BTUs with 99.9% efficiency
    • Includes matte black hood, matte black slat louvers, and a blower
    • Remote-ready millivolt controls
    • Ceramic pellets in burner tumble create natural-looking flames
    • Requires no venting
    • Zero clearance certified
    • Hem-bent seams eliminate unreliable screws and fasteners
    • Reliable standing/piezo ignitor and oxygen depletion safety sensor
    • Natural gas and propane models available
    • Specifications: 34 3/4" H x 36" W x 17 3/8" D
    • Framing Dimensions: 38 1/4" H x 39 1/2" W x 17 7/8" D
    • 5-year limited warranty
    * Please Note: A black 3 piece trim kit is included with this unit.

    *Also 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.

    If you are looking for a great gas fireplace that does not require a venting system, this Vail Premium fireplace built by Empire is a perfect choice. The highly efficient heating system comes with a realistic gas log set, plus the hood, slat louvers, blower necessary for operation, and both natural and propane gas models can be purchased. No vents are required, and no clearance is needed to use this fireplace, making it an easy and convenient fireplace that can fit even in tight areas.


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    Customer Questions & Answers
    By Tommy Evans from Rock Hill, SC on March 2, 2014
    How much does this fireplace weigh?
    I want to lay flat stone around the perimeter so the metal is hidden. It appears that this will be impossible with the bottom and top because of the louvers. Is this correct?
    Is there a gas shutoff valve that is accessible or do I need to mount an external one under the house?
    If you purchase decorative doors; are they installed prior to shipment?
    Is shipping free?
    By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 3, 2014

    Answer:
    This unit weighs approximately 110 pounds with the log set included. The unit does indeed require that the upper and lower louvers remain uncovered. This is primarily for air circulation purposes and the fact that the control valve is accessed by opening the bottom louvers.

    The unit will indeed have a manual shutoff valve that is also hidden behind the bottom louvers. Optional door frames and door must be installed in field, but the installation is fairly simple and instructions will be provided for the mounting of the items. Shipping to the lower 48 states is free of charge on any purchase over $99.

    By Betty from Louisiana, MO on December 7, 2014
    Does this fireplace have a glass front or is it a screen that can be moved from side to side?
    By eFireplaceStore on December 8, 2014

    Answer:
    This unit utilizes a solid mesh panel screen, which can be easily removed for service of the unit.

    By Brandon Lee from Kannapolis, NC on September 23, 2012
    What actually comes with this firebox? Does it include the logs?
    By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on September 24, 2012

    Answer:
    Yes, this firebox includes the charred oak log set. Some optional accessories that it does not include are the ceramic fiber firebrick liner (there are a couple of different styles available), the blower and a hand-held remote control or wall thermostat.

    You can find links to all these items in the "Accessories" tab just above.

    By William from Berthoud, CO on April 26, 2015
    Is this Empire Vail premium natural gas fireplace safe to use at an altitude of 5030'?
    By Brennan W. on April 27, 2015

    Answer:
    This unit is safe at your altitude, however, your installer will need to decrease the gas pressure and orifice size according to the product manual's altitude requirements for safe installation.

    By Joan from Philadelphia on April 24, 2014
    Will this unit operate when there is an electric outage?

    Do you have the specs for a corner installation for this unit or do you have similar designed for a corner install?
    By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 24, 2014

    Answer:
    This unit will indeed operate in the event of a power outage, save for the blower, which requires 110 volts to operate.

    Page 12 in the downloadable owner's manual on the item page covers the specifications for installing the unit in a corner application. Almost all units can be built into a corner by installing them at a 45 degree angle and maintaining proper clearances from the back of the unit to the wall.

    By Randy from Stroudsburg, PA on December 19, 2014
    Does this fireplace come fully assembled with the blower and liner? Can 14 gauge wire be used for the outlet?
    By eFireplaceStore on December 19, 2014

    Answer:
    This unit ships with the blower and liner packaged separately to prevent damage while in transit, however assembly is relatively easy. It is acceptable to use 14 gauge wire for the junction box, as the blower is fairly low on amp draw.

    By Jamie from Coxs Creek, Kentucky on February 21, 2013
    I am wanting to purchase a vent-free firebox for our living room. We are going to do stone veneer surround with a log mantel. My question involves a model like this. I don't like the louvers and would rather have the cutout for the opening be just the opening of the fireplace.

    Can you cover up the louvers with the stone veneer? What is the purpose of the louvers? I have attached a picture of what we are looking to do with the kind of opening look for the fireplace center. Also, we are going to purchase a model that has the blower and remote control option.
    By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 22, 2013

    Answer:
    The primary function of the louvers is to allow for air circulation, as vent free appliances collect a great deal of heat within the metal chassis. The louvers allow for natural convection to carry heat away from the unit. Also, the louvers are necessary for the operation of a blower, as cool air is drawn in through the bottom louvers, then forced out of the top louvers.

    It is more common to see wood-burning and direct-vent gas models without louvers, as shown in your attached photos. We do offer smooth faced vent free fireboxes, which can be equipped with a vent free log set of your choosing. These unit are constructed with more air space and would allow you to finish right up to the opening.

    A good example is the Breckenridge VFS36FB2EF Select Vent-Free Flush Gas Firebox with Banded Brick Ceramic Liner - 36 Inch. This unit has small vertical openings along either side of the opening that allow an optional blower to circulate heat.

    By curt from st clair, michigan on March 18, 2012
    What type of blower is included with this fireplace, and what kind of remote is included?
    By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on March 19, 2012

    Answer:
    A remote is not included with this unit. However, the blower is. You can view the options for the remote in the "Accessories" tab on this item page, located directly to the right of the "Item Description" tab. Please note that the brick liner in the picture is also not included, and the options for liner are also shown in the "Accessories" tab.

    By Mandy from WV on June 17, 2016
    Is there an Empire banded brick liner for this specific unit?
    By Chris C. on June 20, 2016

    Answer:
    Empire offers both the Aged Brick and Stacked Limestone liners for the 36" Vail fireplaces. Unfortunately, they only show the banded brick liners for the smaller 26" Vail fireplace.

    By Lillian from Rockaway Beach, NY on December 22, 2014
    What log set comes with this fireplace? What is a hem bent seam? If I order the remote, does the thermostat for the wall come with it?
    By eFireplaceStore on December 23, 2014

    Answer:
    This product will ship with the standard ceramic oak log set. We are also able to special order the refractory sassafras logs as well. Hem bent seams are the overlapping portions of the metal edges at the top, side, and bottom of the fireplace. The metal between each panel is overlapped and interlocked, eliminating the need for fasteners. We offer both a handheld thermostatic remote and a wall mounted thermostat that can also be used like a remote. The latter of the two is the Empire Wall Thermostat with Wireless Remote Control - TRW.

    By Angela from Sumner, MO on May 2, 2014
    We are in the process of building our home and are doing all of the inside work ourselves. We are currently framing out a fireplace and later will be putting stone (fake and/or real) on the front. We had planned on purchasing a propane, vent free unit. I am confused as to whether we need a fireplace insert or a firebox. Not sure of the difference between the two. Also, we are concerned about clearance around the sides, back, and top of the unit itself in comparison to the building materials used to create the opening where the insert and/or firebox slides into. Can you please lead me in the right direction? I am scared of buying and using a product in a manner that it was not intended.
    By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on May 5, 2014

    Answer:
    The primary difference between a fireplace/firebox and a fireplace insert is that the fireplace is a self contained unit that can be built into a framed opening, while a fireplace insert is a retrofit appliance that is designed to be installed into an existing fireplace.

    The fireplace is obviously what would be needed for your application. Almost every prefabricated fireplace can come into direct contact with wood framing and has metal standoffs built onto the top of the unit to maintain proper clearance to the framing above.

    By Mike from ID on October 12, 2016
    Can this fireplace 36 bp31ln be hooked up to a wall switch?
    By Brennan W. on October 12, 2016

    Answer:
    This unit can indeed be connected to a wall switch.

    Customer Reviews
    Empire Vail Premium Vent-Free Natural Gas Fireplace with Remote Ready Controls and Blower - 36" - VFP-36-BP31LN ( 1,299.60 )
    4.5 out of 5 Stars based on 12 review(s) - sorted by Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    Great product
    By
    Thomas
    from SUGAR GROVEon
    October 12, 2016
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    This fireplace insert has met all my expectations. it works flawlessly and is a great addition to my living room.
    Pros:
    Looks great, Works flawlessly,
    Cons:
    None


    Nice Unit
    By
    Tim
    from EDENTONon
    August 12, 2016
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Very nice Fire Place, easy to install.


    Well constructed. Attractive.
    By
    David
    from Bay Minetteon
    March 26, 2016
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    This unit appears well constructed. I am currently installing it. I will add further comments after complete installation.
    Pros:
    As described in sales literature. Attractive and concise install instructions.
    Cons:
    None


    Nice fireplace but smells alot
    By
    Kevin
    from Paon
    December 9, 2015
    Nice looking , heats up quickly, just smells like gas
    Pros:
    Nice looking Heats good Easy to install
    Cons:
    Smells like gas a lot


    Empire Vail Premium
    By
    JIm
    from MEDFORDon
    November 9, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Great fireplace for the price but does not allow for a remote so there is a little extra work involved


    Everything We Wanted in a Fireplace
    By
    Carol
    from Harrodsburg, KYon
    February 20, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    We've had our Empire Vent-free fireplace approximately 2 months now and it has done exactly what we needed it to do. We bought it as back-up heat for our basement in case the power ever went out and we were gone. So far, that has not happened, but we just got back from vacation and set it on low as back-up for our furnace. While we were gone, temps dropped to -18 below zero and 14 inches of snow was on the ground when we arrived home. Our home was toasty warm upstairs and downstairs. Kudos to our Empire fireplace.


    fantastic experience
    By
    Harry
    from HARRODSBURG, KYon
    January 29, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    We ordered our fireplace on a Thursday and it was delivered the following Tuesday. The delivery man was very helpful in assisting us with it. When it was unpacked, we were more than pleased at the appearance of the fireplace. When it was all together and hooked up, we turned it on and it was just like being in a cabin in the woods with a real fireplace - so cozy. We are very pleased with the quality and the service from this seller. I would definitely recommend it my friends.


    Nice
    By
    Troy Easley
    from Meredosia Illinoison
    January 21, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Nice fireplace. Good value. Comes with blower.
    Cons:
    could use heavier material


    Very Nice and Works Well
    By
    Mark Hunt
    from Goodyear, AZon
    December 21, 2013
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    This unit is doing a great job for the space we installed it in. The room is 20 x 30 and heats up nicely. The flames are nice looking and the fire is quiet. The fan included does not blow as well as others I have seen and is also a little noisy, but I've seen other units that the blowers are much more noisy than this unit. Installed the unit ourselves without any issues. The directions could be written a little better.
    Pros:
    Stock unit looks good and works well Flames look nice
    Cons:
    Noisy blower Accessories look cheap so we did not install the optional doors The blower is temperature activated. I did not see that in the directions so when we first started the unit we thought it eas not working.


    Looks great and works very well.
    By
    john
    from Williamstown, NJon
    April 7, 2012
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Very easy to install.
    Pros:
    Looks great and does a fine job of heating a 12x24 room.
    Cons:
    nothing


    Vail Premium Vent-Free Natural Gas Fireplace - 32 Inch
    By
    Jimmie Sizemore
    from lexington,kyon
    January 17, 2012
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Very nice unit! Completely satisfied. Keeps our basement very warm.
    Pros:
    Everything
    Cons:
    nothing


    Vail Premium Vent-Free Propane See-Thru Fireplace
    By
    David
    from Connecticuton
    January 2, 2012
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Well made unit. Installation is straight forward. Could use some better instructions for the burner unit regarding remote control options. Looks great when finished with optional trim kits.
    Pros:
    Easy install, looks great, see through design.
    Cons:
    Installation of extruded outer frame is difficult and wimpy using supplied hardware. I drilled and countersunk some holes in the frame and used sheet metal screws to attach firmly.




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