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By Ralph from Camarillo, CA on February 6, 2014
For gas logs, do we have to have vents or can we purchase "vent free"?

By Kevin E. - NFI Certified Specialist on February 6, 2014

Answer:
As a resident of California, you would need to purchase a vented gas log set. This is simply due to the fact that California prohibits the installation of vent free appliances. Vented log sets require a complete, working chimney.

By Tom from Franklin, NC on May 26, 2014
I am building a new house. I want to put in an efficient wood burning fireplace. Actually more like a wood stove but permanently built in. What do I need to look at?
By Tyler M. on May 27, 2014

Answer:
We recommend a closed-combustion chamber model for an efficient means of heating a large area. Please see a couple of examples below:

Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace

Majestic 36 Inch Royal Monarch Circulating Wood Burning Fireplace

Please let us know if you have any questions about either model, and we do offer a few other, more expensive (and more decorative) models. If you want a full quote for either fireplace with its required chimney pipe, please fill out our Chimney Pipe Design & Quote Form, or simply reply to this email with basic information (height needed, offsets, roof pitch, etc.) and a shipping zip code.

By Sharon from Bailey, CO on August 31, 2013
I'm wanting a corner wood burning fireplace but need a firebox smaller then 36 inches. It needs to be 32 inches or less. In my home in Texas we had a gas firebox that we converted to a wood burning with a gas starter. Can you buy a direct vent firebox (they come in smaller sizes) and do the same thing? I was told you could but now I live in Colorado and I am having problems with people understanding what I want. I do not want a blower for heat just for ambiance and to smell the wood burning, not a heat source..
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 3, 2013

Answer:
I am not aware of a direct vent gas fireplace that can be converted for use as a wood burning fireplace. Gas fireplaces lack the insulation, reinforcement, and depth to be safely operated with wood.

Unfortunately, the wood burning units that we offer are no smaller than 36 inches in width. A width under 36 inches is rarely called for, so the manufacturers we work with simply do not produce this size. I apologize that we do not have a product for your needs.

By Conrad from Linden, VA on December 11, 2013
I need a 42' wood burning fireplace and chimney. I am building an addition and want to install this against a wall and have it framed in. Can you please show me what I need to buy to do this job complete and under a County Permit?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on December 11, 2013

Answer:
We have a variety of zero-clearance woodburning fireplaces from which you can choose. You can see our full selection below:

Woodburning Fireplaces

You can use the search options on the left-hand side of that page to see our 42" models. Once you have a model or two picked out, we can provide a full chimney quote. Simply fill out our Chimney Pipe Design & Quote Form.

By Paul from Colorado on October 27, 2014
I am looking for a high end wood burning fire box with interior masonry fire bricks in a herring bone pattern, black metal facing, and no pattern. What would you suggest?
By Tyler M. on October 27, 2014


By Aleda from Pleasantville, NY on March 3, 2013
Does anyone make a blower less electric fireplace? I do not want the heat to blow but I do want heat.

By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 4, 2013

Answer:
I have not come across a brand that does not use a fan to help convect the heat. Because the heating element is sealed inside the unit, the fan is necessary to push heat from within the casing into the room. Many models exist that allow the light effect to work on its own, but the heater and fan will always work together.

By Scott from NJ on November 1, 2014
I am looking for the wood burning sealed units that are installed into a new framed construction. They pull air from outside to burn and circulate air with a fan to heat. Someone called them "positive pressure systems" but I don't know. Some have a catalytic converter in them to recirculate and re-burn gases. What would you suggest?
By eFireplaceStore on November 3, 2014

Answer:
We offer a few of these systems, although they use a secondary air recirculation system with baffles, in place of a catalyst. The most popular item is the Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace. Other systems with more facing options are the Superior WCT4820 Custom Series EPA Phase II Circulating Wood-Burning Fireplace, the Superior WCT6820 Signature Series EPA Phase II Circulating Wood-Burning Fireplace, and the Superior WCT6840 Signature Series EPA Phase II Circulating Wood-Burning Fireplace.

By Gerry from FL on August 2, 2013
We are looking for a firebox that will be installed in a screen room in Florida. We plan on burning fire wood logs in it. I'm looking for probably a 32". What would you recommend?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on August 2, 2013

Answer:
Our smallest woodburning fireplace is a 36" model, please see the two versions of it here:

FMI Bungalow - Builder 36 Inch Circulating Wood Burning Fireplace

FMI Bungalow - Builder 36 Inch Radiant Wood Burning Fireplace - Smooth Face

This is a basic, decorative fireplace for burning wood. We also supply the required FMI 8" chimney pipe, and we can provide a quote for everything needed for installation, if desired.

By Anthony from Manlius, NY on November 14, 2014
How do you remove a Heatform firebox from a masonry fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on November 14, 2014

Answer:
Most Heatform fireplace boxes had overlapping masonry on the front and upper edge of the unit. Because each installation is different, I recommend having a mason come out to inspect the setup, as some installations actually relied on the metal chassis to support the brick veneer.

By Pragnesh Patel from Bethlehem, PA on February 21, 2013
I have a gas fireplace which is vented through the chimney. The fireplace is not sealed. During a recent power failure I used it but it does not throw any heat in the room; you only feel it if you sit in front of it. What do I need to do to make it an efficient fireplace and a supplemental heat source?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on February 21, 2013

Answer:
The best way to make an open fireplace an efficient heating appliance is to install a wood burning insert. The chimney will likely need to be relined to vent this new appliance but the insert will produce truly usable heat.

By Paige from TX on August 20, 2013
Do you offer a 4' x 6' firebox?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 20, 2013

Answer:
My apologizes, but we do not carry a premanufactured firebox of this size. Because of the very large dimensions, this type of unit would likely need to be custom made and listed by a fabricator.

By Elizabeth from Barrington, Illinois on February 24, 2014
What are the dimensions of the smallest size fire box available? I am looking for a firebox to fit this fireplace mantle, and I would like gas and a direct vent. The fireplace is going on an outside wall. There is no chimney so it has to be a direct vent or vent free. Any Suggestions?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on February 24, 2014

Answer:
We have several small direct vent gas fireplaces that can be rear-vented and terminate horizontally on your exterior wall. Please see a couple of our smallest units below:

Empire Tahoe Deluxe Direct Vent Natural Gas Fireplace - 32" - DVD-32-FP30N

Napoleon GD33NR Direct Rear Vent Gas Fireplace - 34-in.

Empire Tahoe Deluxe Clean Face Direct Vent Gas Fireplace with Direct Ignition - 32 Inch

By Bruce from Oakley, CA on March 9, 2013
Can your gas fireplace inserts be used and shipped to California?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 11, 2013

Answer:
California has strict guidelines for installation of both gas and wood burning fireplaces. Vent free appliances are not allowed by law and wood burning fireplaces must be EPA Tier II certified, meaning that they have an output of 7.5 grams or less of material per hour.

While we can ship most of our units to all 50 states, local code will often prevent non certified units from being installed in your state.

By Chuck from Las Vegas on December 10, 2012
We have an existing natural gas fireplace in our living room. It doesn't work with our placement of furniture, etc. It is vented with a chimney, on an outside wall. Can we remove the mantle piece, close the wall and move the existing firebox outside? Do we need to buy a new firebox, like the one we viewed here? An outside, vented fireplace would be awesome! Is this do-able? Costly?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on December 10, 2012

Answer:
Unfortunately, no, your existing firebox would need to be made of stainless steel for outdoor usage. We do offer a variety of wood-burning and vent-free gas outdoor fireplaces that can be installed on a covered patio or deck. The wood-burning fireplaces are vented and can have gas log sets installed within them.

Please see all of our outdoor fireplaces options here: Patio Fireplaces

By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 10, 2012

Answer:
It may indeed be possible to use the existing chimney for an outdoor unit; however, you will definitely need to switch to a different firebox. Indoor units are not designed to deal with constant exposure to outside air and will not last.

Another option may be a unit such as the Alpine Outdoor 36 in. Natural Gas Vent Free Fireplace System. Being a vent-free unit, the chimney would no longer be needed.

By Pat from Baltimore, MD on April 16, 2013
We are building an addition and want to put in a large cooking fireplace. Do you have larger boxes than 42"?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on April 16, 2013

Answer:
Yes, we have woodburning fireplaces larger than 42". Please see our full selection below, then utilize the search features on the left-hand side of the page to see our biggest models:

Wood Burning Fireplaces

Choosing a fireplace firebox may sound like a complicated operation, but the simple truth is that a firebox is exactly what many homes need. Our fireplace firebox selection isn't complicated at all - we have the best fireboxes available laid out in a convenient manner to make finding the right one a snap. A step-by-step process, low prices, and top-quality products mean that the only tough choice you'll have to make is picking which of our many fireboxes is perfect for you.
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