By Steve from Andrews, Indiana on November 6, 2013
I have a Vanguard direct vent fireplace (model VT32P) and I need to purchase vertical vent pipe. The manual says that it requires a 5 x 8 system but the true measurements of the actual pipe are a bit less than that. Is your direct vent pipe comparable with my fireplace?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 7, 2013
This product does indeed use the FMI brand 5 x 8 direct vent piping system, which does measure out to be slightly smaller in practice. The products can be seen here
. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the components.
By Anne from Fairfield, Iowa on January 6, 2014
Can the Dura-Vent DirectVent Pro Snorkel Vent Termination Cap be painted?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 9, 2014
Answer:Per the manufacturer, this item is approved to be painted with any high temperature aerosol paint. We carry an extensive line of paint manufactured by StoveBright that can be used. It is advised to wipe down the snorkel with a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar to remove any excess machine oil, prior to painting the unit.
By Phil Fraser from Reading, PA on November 5, 2012
I have a propane forced air heater from a mobile home that I would like to install in my garage. I need to run a chimney pipe out of my roof. The roof is not insulated and it is a direct shot right to the roof, no ceilings to go through or anything like that, so I can run a direct pipe up through my roof.
What do I need as far as a roof thimble and other parts to make the transition through the roof?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 6, 2012
Answer:Generally, you would only require a fire stop, roof flashing, storm collar, and cap to make the penetration through the roof. However, this will depend on the type of heater. Most forced air heaters will use B vent piping between 3 and 6 inches in diameter.
By Teresia from Kansas City, Missouri on December 12, 2013
Can the Majestic 42 inch Echelon Wide View Direct Vent Gas Fireplace (WDV500PTSC) which has a dedicated top vent be converted to a side vent? If so, how and what do we need to purchase to do this conversion?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 12, 2013
Answer:Unfortunately, this model does not have provisions to be converted to a side vent model. This is primarily because the design and BTU output of the unit warrants a 12 inch vertical vent run, before the vent piping can be directed horizontally. This is fairly typical of the larger horizontal units.
By Brandon from Birmingham, AL on December 13, 2012
I have a gas ventless fireplace that measures 39" across the front. There is a cantilevered chase but it does not extend to the roof line. It is effectively useless because whenever you fire it up, it fills the house with stink. I want to replace it with something vented. What are my options?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on December 14, 2012
If you have a full-bodied zero clearance vent-free fireplace, you can remove it and install a direct vent zero clearance fireplace. Please see our selection here: Direct Vent Fireplaces
Most of these fireplaces can be vented and terminated horizontally (some straight out the back). For more information, please see our Gas Fireplace and Stove Buying Guide
By James Burbidge from Bancroft, Ontario on November 28, 2012
I need to bend a 4x7 coaxial flexible aluminum direct vent pipe into a 90 degree elbow. I am concerned about kinking the pipe and about maintaining the correct clearance between the pipes as I make the bend(s). What is the best technique for creating a good elbow?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 28, 2012
Answer:The best way to accomplish a clean bend in the pipe would be to use a piece of 4- or 5-inch diameter PVC piping to form the bend around. I recommend using a pair of clamps to hold the inner pipe against the side of the outer pipe. You can then work that side of the outer pipe around the piece of PVC gently, until you have the desired bend. Remove the clamps and reinstall any provided spacers.
By Dan from Denver, CO on April 8, 2013
I'm replacing an old insert with a new Kozy unit. the old unit exhaust exited out of the top of the unit into a double wall pipe that went up two stories. The combustion air supply is a 3" flex that pulled from a different source. Is there an adapter that will fit into the new unit and allows for the exhaust pipe to go in one direction, while the combustion air is piped in from another pipe?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 9, 2013
Answer:I am not aware of such an adapter that is currently being made. Usually, direct vent piping uses a colinear pipe, with the outer pipe drawing fresh air into the unit for combustion. Units that do not have this sort of setup will usually use a separate 3 inch or 4 inch duct that draws air from another source, similar to what you have now. The new unit may have a similar provision.
By Richard from Woodward, OK on October 2, 2013
I am looking at the Tahoe DVP-48-FP91N. What size pipe does it take?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on October 2, 2013
By Dennis from Cape May, NJ on December 8, 2013
I purchased a Vantage hearth fireplace. I did not purchase venting at the time because I wanted to get a more accurate measurement for the venting requirements. Are any of the angle products (like 90 or 45 degree elbows) adjustable similar to duct work, or are they fixed? If they are fixed, does FMI make a flexible 5 x 8 vent or is there a compatible product available? I may have a tricky situation in my attic.
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on December 9, 2013
Answer:The rigid elbows for the FMI pipe required for your Vantage Hearth model are indeed fixed and not adjustable. FMI does make flex vent available for the 5" x 8" system, however it is only meant for use in a horizontal termination.
By Mike from Fremont, WI on November 21, 2013
How far through the roof does the pipe have to be for a direct vent fireplace on a pitched roof ?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on November 21, 2013
Answer:The distance required above your roof line is determined by the manufacturer of your direct vent appliance and the requirements stated in the owner's manual. If you do not have access to that information, please reply with the manufacturer and model of your unit and we can research this for you.
By Andrew from Canada on October 20, 2013
I have an older CFM Majestic propane fireplace Model D222. I am looking for a termination cap and through wall thimble. Can you help?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 23, 2013