By Sonny from San Diego, California on January 22, 2014
Do you have a Bungalow style fire place but smaller like maybe 30" or 32"?
By Chris on January 22, 2014
Answer:Unfortunately, the smallest wood burning fireplace that we offer is indeed the FMI Bungalow.
By Steve from Daytona Beach, FL on September 20, 2013
Is this fireplace Florida approved?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 20, 2013
Answer:As of now, there are no state restrictions on using open faced, low efficiency fireplaces in Florida. However, many local jurisdictions are enforcing codes against this type of unit. Because the manufacturer does not check with each municipality, I highly recommend checking with your local code office to see if this unit can be installed.
By Morgan from Phoenix, AZ on November 25, 2012
I'm looking at adding a wood burning fireplace to our master bedroom. Is it as simple as buying the fireplace and duct work and away we go? Would we need to build a box or something for it to sit on, or encase it?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 26, 2012
Answer:Installation of a prefabricated fireplace can indeed be very straightforward. As long as you have the required spacing above the proposed installation point, the unit will simply need to be built into a framed enclosure and the appropriate length of chimney pipe installed.
Most units can sit directly on the floor, but it is also common to raise them within the wall for a better view of the fire. A decorative hearth can also be installed.
By Esther from Brownsville, Texas on December 5, 2013
What else do I need to install this 36" Circulating Wood Burning Fireplace? The Fireplace will be down stairs.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 5, 2013
Answer:In addition to the fireplace, you would need enough of the FMI 8DM chimney pipe to vent to the outdoors, as well as various other components that are specific to your installation. If you would like to provide the height of each story, any attic space you have, and your roof pitch, I will be happy to generate a quote.
By robin from Los Angeles, ca on August 20, 2012
With the circulating wood fireplace, does it circulate heat as is or does it require an additional purchase of a blower? Without the blower, does it become a "radiant" wood burning fireplace?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 20, 2012
Answer:While the unit will offer some natural convection, the blower is necessary to make this unit a true circulating model. Heat will always escape from the upper louvers, so if you are intending to cover the face of the unit with non-combustible material (tile, stone, etc.) it will be necessary to purchase the radiant version of this unit, which has a smooth face and no louvers.
By Bill from Carolina Beach, NC on December 18, 2013
How hard is it to replace a gas fireplace with this one and replace the pipe? I've been a handy man for the past 27 years. I also need a price with pipe and anything else I would need. Can you tell me how or where to find this?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on December 18, 2013
Removing your existing fireplace and installing this unit in its place is certainly feasible for someone with your experience. For a complete quote for the fireplace and chimney system, please reply to this email with details regarding the chimney height needed, offsets if applicable and roof pitch, etc. Please also advise if you want any of the optional accessories such as the blower, glass doors or outside air kit. You can also fill out our Chimney Pipe Design & Quote Form
By James Songer from Robertsville Mo. on June 7, 2012
My wife and I are purchasing a home and would like to upgrade and install a WBF in the near future. What if any additional insulation is needed between the fire box and the existing structure?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on June 8, 2012
Answer:Almost every manufactured wood burning fireplace will have an airspace built between the inner firebox and the outer wall. As a result, you will only need to maintain a 3/4" to 1" air gap, depending on the model.
No additional insulation will be needed between the box and any framing members.
By Mary from Kissimmee, FL on January 9, 2013
I am seriously thinking about buy this fireplace. I would like a pull screen and glass doors. It doesn't say if this fireplace has a pull screen. Does it or doesn't it?
By Collin from Memphis, TN 38141 on January 14, 2013
Answer:This unit does indeed have a pull screen included as a standard feature. Accessory glass doors are also available and are located in the accessory tab on the item page.
By barb from cookeville tn. on July 14, 2012
I need to order this fireplace I have an FMI fireplace here but it is old. The 1996 fire brick on inside left corner has a very large separation . I am hoping to just slip this one in to replace it . I need to know which blower i can buy to use with this? I will also order doors & an outside air kit.
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on July 16, 2012
By Matthew from Marshall, VA on December 5, 2013
Can this unit be installed flush to the wall so that it does not sit in the room? Can the firebox and chimney be outside the room in a framed fireproof box that runs up to and over the roof line?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 5, 2013
Answer:It is indeed possible to build this unit into a framed enclosure along the outside of the house. This is commonly referred to as a chimney chase. The entire wooden enclosure should be insulated to prevent against heat loss and to ensure the best performance from your fireplace. Using a chase is the best way to get around dealing with space lost in the room and from having to modify the ceiling and roof structure.
By Dennis from Saegertown Pa. on July 15, 2012
What is the weight of this fireplace?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on July 16, 2012
Answer:This fireplace has a shipping weight of 150 lbs.
By Bill Mcgruther on October 17, 2011
Does the price include a standard run of flue and if so what is the standard include?
By Customer Service on October 17, 2011
By Sherry from Butler, PA on October 28, 2012
I have this FMI Bungalow. It is five years old and the back brick has a crack in it. Should I be concerned? We use it all the time.
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on October 29, 2012
Answer:Hairline fractures are normal occurrences in these refractory panels, but should cause no concern. If the panels actually break through or if pieces break from it, you should consider replacement.
By Warner Palmer on October 17, 2011
Could this be installed in a screened patio room/porch?
By Customer Service on October 17, 2011
It would not be recommended to install this fireplace on a screened-in patio or porch. This unit is not made to be used outdoors, and even though it would be sheltered, there would still be condensation from the outside atmosphere that would eventually cause rust and corrosion on the unit.
For a list of outdoor fireplaces that would be suitable to your needs, please click the following link:
By Tom Broadstone from brookville,ohio on October 29, 2011
Does this unit - 36" Circulating Wood Burning Fireplace - come with a blower attached?
By Chris M. on October 30, 2011
Answer:This unit does not come with a blower attached but one can be added to it. Blower options for this unit can be found under the accessories tab.
By Albert from Richmond, VA on September 12, 2013
Can u tell me the weight of this unit ?
By Kevin E. - NFI Certified Specialist on September 12, 2013
Answer:This fireplace weighs in right at 150 pounds.
By Albert from Richmond, VA on September 12, 2013
Is it possible to have a Saturday delivery ?
By Kevin E. - NFI Certified Specialist on September 12, 2013
Answer:This item would ship via common freight carrier. Unfortunately, these carriers only deliver during the week. However, prior to delivery the freight carrier will call you to set up a delivery appointment.
By john miles from corona Ca on August 25, 2012
Does this model come with a built-in damper? Also, as we're installing in a California forestry area, do we need a special spark arrest cap?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 27, 2012
Answer:This unit does indeed come with a premanufactured damper assembly already in place.
Most areas in California require 5/8" mesh to be used on chimney terminations. The manufacturer of this fireplace recommends adding this finer mesh to your cap or using one of their vertically louvered caps, which have small slats that will prevent embers from escaping.
I do recommend checking with your local fire code authority before installation. Most areas of California have strict guidelines on wood burning appliances, including dictating that an EPA certified unit must be installed.
By Patricia from Clermont, FL on August 22, 2014
I know I need to buy chimney parts, but I'm not sure what to measure to find out which length, or how to determine the pitch of the roof. Where do I need to make my measurements?
By eFireplaceStore on August 22, 2014
Answer:I will be happy to assist you in working through the selection of vent piping. To begin, is this the unit you will be purchasing this exact model? Next, what is the ceiling height where the unit will be installed? Next, what is the amount of attic space above the room, in the approximate location where the vent pipe will pass through? You will need to use a tape measure to take a measurement from the drywall of your ceiling, to the underside of the roof decking. Lastly, the roof pitch can be determined by following the following steps:
1. Using a standard level that is at least 12 inches long, use a tape measure and a pencil to mark a point on the level that is 12 inches inward from one end.
2. Hold the end of the level that you measured from against the underside of the roof decking. Make sure the level is held out perfectly straight, so that the bubble indicates the level is flat.
3. Using your tape measure, measure from the roof decking down to the 12 inch point you marked on your level earlier. For example, if the measurement from the roof to the top of the level is 7 inches, you have a 7/12 roof pitch.
Please advise on the above at your convenience.
By shawn from Atlanta, GA on October 29, 2012
Is the front opening (viewing area) any different between circulating and smooth front models? Does the circulating model put out more heat than the smooth front? What are the differences between the two?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on October 29, 2012
Answer:The circulating and smooth face versions of the Bungalow fireplace feature the exact same dimensions. The only difference between the two is the louvered front on the circulating versus the smooth face on the alternative. The circulating unit does feature the ability to accept a blower. The blower accessory will increase the output of heat from the fireplace.
By Doug from Chehalis, WA on September 29, 2013
I currently have an FMI 36E wood burning fireplace. The previous owner has burned out the refractory panels (3 sides and bottom). The rest of the fire box is in good condition. I see no signs of the box leaking or distortion. I am wondering if this might be a good replacement. It looks like it will fit the chase 8 inch pipe. What do you suggest?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 30, 2013
Answer:This unit is indeed one of the closest replacements to the fireplace you currently have installed. The chimney system is an exact match with your existing unit and as such, it can be reused if it is in good condition.
By Tim from Cleveland, TN on November 7, 2013
Is this wood burning box approved for modular homes or double wide trailers?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 7, 2013
Answer:This unit can be installed in a mobile home, if local codes allow. By national code, the unit must be anchored and grounded during installation. The unit must also utilize the accessory outside air kit.
By Stacy from Texas on September 22, 2013
We are building an addition and adding a fireplace to our home. We live in Texas so it won't be used except in the winter months. Can you tell me what the differences are between this unit and the Performance line series?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on September 23, 2013
Answer:The biggest difference between this FMI Bungalow and the Vantage Hearth Performance Line Series is the size of the firebox. The Performance Line models offer a slightly larger (rear width and depth) firebox.
By Jim from Butternut, WI on September 22, 2013
I have an attached garage on the end wall where I would like to install this unit. Would it be OK to have the front of the unit flush with the wall inside and the back of the unit and chimney pipe in the garage?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 23, 2013
Answer:Certainly. A fireplace enclosure and chase could be built around the unit and pipe that is located in the garage. Unless the garage is heated, I highly recommend insulating the enclosure around the chimney and unit. Otherwise, your relatively cold climate could cause an issue with the fireplace drafting properly.
By Silke from Clayton, GA on November 29, 2013
Can the pipes and venting and whatever is necessary for installation be purchased locally?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on December 2, 2013
Answer:It is indeed possible that the FMI 8DM class A chimney pipe required for this fireplace could be obtained locally. However, we also sell everything needed; please see the "Venting Components" tab on this fireplace's item page.
By Warren on November 9, 2012
Is this fireplace a direct vent type? I do not know the terminology but I have an electric fireplace and I want to replace it with a wood burning fireplace. I do not have a chimney and would like to vent it directly outside.
on November 9, 2012
This fireplace is not a direct vent fireplace, it is a wood burning fireplace. A direct vent fireplace is a gas fireplace that uses natural gas or propane for fuel and can be vented without a chimney (either through the wall or through the ceiling). If you want a wood burning unit, you will have to have a chimney. This particular fireplace requires FMI 8" inner diameter Class A chimney pipe, which we do indeed sell. Any wood burning fireplace is going to require a vertical chimney system that terminates at least three feet above the roof line and possible more, depending on obstructions. The direct vent units that we sell have no such requirement; they can be vented directly out the wall.
You'll find our selection of direct vent fireplaces here:
Direct Vent Fireplaces
Another option for you would be a vent-free fireplace, which, as its name implies, is a fireplace that requires no venting at all. Depending on where you live, this may or may not be permitted for your situation. Please let us know if you would like any more information or have any additional questions.
By Karl from DE on April 3, 2013
I plan to burn wood in this unit, will I need to get and install an outside air kit ?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 3, 2013
Answer:Outside combustion air for a wood burning fireplace is always a good idea, as it will reduce the amount of makeup air that is pulled in through gaps in the building envelope. This is especially important if the home is fairly new, as lack of combustion air can cause issues with back drafting and oxygen depletion in the room where the fireplace is installed.
By Bill from GA on February 8, 2014
Should I use double wall or triple wall pipe with this fireplace?
By Chris on February 9, 2014
This fireplace is limited to using FMI's double wall 8DM pipe which can be found on the Venting Components tab located on the main page for the FMI Bungalow
By Bob from NJ on February 1, 2014
How far can I offset chimney?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on February 3, 2014
This fireplace allows a maximum offset of 79 3/4" center-to-center. This is accomplished by using two FMI 8DM 30-degree elbows with four 36" length FMI 8DM pipes in between the elbows. You can see the full offset chart on page 9 of the owner's manual
By Martin from Carpentersville ill60110 on January 7, 2012
What comes with this?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 9, 2012
This particular item will include the firebox itself, along with the mesh pull screens and fireplace grate.
It will be necessary to purchase the needed flue pipe, as well as a blower and doors, if you want to add them. All available accessories for the unit can be seen under the accessories tab.
The unit uses 8" FMI chimney, which can be seen at the link below:
FMI Class A Chimney Pipe
By Carl from Kansas City, MO on September 19, 2014
For the bungalow builder 36", how much is the fan kit and blower kit? Are both required in order to blow heated air into the room?
By eFireplaceStore on September 19, 2014
By Tommy from Auburn, AL on October 9, 2012
I just bought a house with an old Preway fireplace, model number DW36DT. I can't seem to find anything about the model number, so I am not sure about any of the specifications that came with it.
I would like to replace it, and the Bungalow seems to be a close match on design. However, I know absolutely nothing about the exhaust, blowers or anything technical. If you know anything about the model that I have and can help me decide on an adequate replacement, I would really appreciate it.
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on October 10, 2012
Answer:While the Bungalow does appear to be a similar model to your Preway, you would need to replace the entire venting system. The manufacturer of the Bungalow also makes the pipe that must be used to vent it, and, as such, your existing chimney pipe will need to be replaced.
By Reggie from Orangeburg, SC on October 4, 2014
Do doors come with this wood burning fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on October 6, 2014
Answer:Doors do not come standard on this model, however they can be seen under the accessories tab on the main item page.
By Camilo Fernandez from Nicaragua on November 20, 2011
I need to know if this price includes the exhaust pipes? or just the fire place?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 21, 2011
This price will indeed include just the fireplace itself. This unit utilizes FMI's 8" Class A chimney pipe. The components can be viewed here:
FMI Class A Chimney Pipe
Please let us know if you would like a quote for the needed chimney pipes. We will be happy to assist.
By Betty from Edinburg, NY on February 20, 2014
We are in the planning stages of building a new house and would like to put in a corner wood burning fireplace. Approximately how much space would it take up? Basically, I'm trying to decide the amount of wall space it would eat up diagonally.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 20, 2014
Answer:If installed at minimum clearances to the corner, the diagonal wall would measure 66 7/8 inches across. The facing of the diagonal wall would 47 3/8 inches, if measured from the corner out to the point were the diagonal wall meets each adjacent wall. This measurement will vary from unit to unit, but you should figure at least 50 inches of space to have some flexibility, as the FMI Bungalow is one of the smallest units we offer.
By Vern from Murfreesboro, TN on March 4, 2013
Can this fireplace be installed in a mobile home ?
By Magan B. on March 4, 2013
Answer:Unfortunately, this unit is not mobile home approved. None of the open faced units will be.
By Marius Popescu from Bridgeport, CT on November 6, 2012
I have a regular brick fireplace. When I put my head in and look up the chimney, everything that is metal looks rusted and it looks like parts of the rusted metal are missing. The fireplace has two vents on each side on the upper side of the fireplace. Both release heat when the fire is going.
However, one of them releases some smoke as well, which it is not supposed to do. We just moved into this house and we would like to use the fireplace safely. Any suggestions?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 7, 2012
Answer:Many older manufactured fireplaces used a "heat exchanger" system that would draw air in through a pair of vents, then vent heated air out the ductwork, like in your scenario.
I am assuming that the actual firebox itself has a completely metal interior. If so, the unit should have some manufacturing information located on a build tag, such as the company name and model number. This is often located on the left or right wall of the box, just inside the opening. Another location is beneath the metal floor of the fireplace.
It is doubtful, but replacement parts for the unit may still be available. Likely, the smoke that is being released into the duct work is due to the corrosion you are seeing. Some of the metal may have become perforated from the corrosion and is allowing smoke to leak into the duct work.
Depending on what components are rusted, they may be able to be replaced. However, it is likely that if the outer chassis of the unit has been compromised, the entire unit would also need to be replaced.
By Tonia Fox from Pennsylvania on December 5, 2012
Could you put this in a double wide trailer?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 6, 2012
Answer:This particular fireplace does not have any restrictions against use in a mobile home. The unit must be installed with an outside air kit, as stated by code. I also recommend checking with your local code office, as the unit may also need glass doors or other requirements for use in your area.
By Adam from Chattanooga, Tennessee on February 1, 2014
I currently have a Monessen 36" vent free gas insert placed in a chase (floor to ceiling). Can this unit be installed in a zero clearance application as my current insert (1 1/2" rear , 14' left and right clearances)? I understand I would need a professional installation as well as a dual or triple wall flue installed.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 3, 2014
Answer:This unit can indeed be installed into an application with close clearances to combustibles. The chassis can be framed within a 2 x 4 wooden enclosure, as your current unit likely is. This model must be installed using the FMI 8DM or 8HT chimney system. This is a double walled Class A chimney that uses cooling air between the inner and outer walls to maintain safe operating temperatures.
By Eunice from Chippewa, WI on September 27, 2014
How does the heat circulate without a fan?
By eFireplaceStore on September 29, 2014
Answer:Circulation occurs on a limited level, due to the natural tendency of heat to rise. The heated air between the inner and outer jacket of the fireplace will begin to rise and escape the top louvers. This induces convection, as cooler air is pulled into the bottom louvers to replace the hot air escaping from the top louvers. A fan is recommended to speed up the process and increase overall thermal efficiency.
By Becca P. from PA on January 30, 2013
I see that this model has a mesh pull screen. Do you have anything similar that has hinging screens (either opening out or bi-fold)?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 30, 2013
Answer:While none of our woodburning fireplaces offer hinging or bi-fold screens standard, you can equip most models with bi-fold glass doors or other decorative fronts. This Bungalow model does have a few bi-fold glass door options, which you can see in the "Accessories" tab on this item page.
By Marlon from Baltimore, MD on January 16, 2014
Does this product conform to zero clearance? If not can you direct me to models that are? I live in a wood frame home constructed in 1999. The house is on an end and has brick on 3 sides.
By Chris on January 16, 2014
The 36" Bungalow is listed as a 1" clearance model. However, it only requires .75" from the back and sides of the fireplace and 0" minimum from the top spacers to framing. The only wood burning unit that I list as a zero clearance model is the Flame Monaco
By Paul from California on November 3, 2013
Can you cover the vents with brick if you desire a gas fireplace with no fan or glass doors? These are the dimensions we need, but I do not see one with a smooth front option. Can you help?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 4, 2013
By Rick from Old Bridge, NJ on January 8, 2014
I am looking to replace an old Superior HCE4050 wood burning fireplace and wanted to see if this would be a suitable replacement. The framing dimensions of the Superior Fireplace that I will be removing shows as 40 3/4" in width, 39" in height, and 21 3/8" deep. Do you think this would work?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 8, 2014
Answer:This unit is indeed a very close match to your current model. The framing width for the Bungalow is slightly narrower and shorter, but is 5/8 of an inch deeper. This is close enough that adjustments to the framing can be made to fit the new unit. Please keep in mind that Superior uses a proprietary vent pipe for their system, as does FMI. As such, the chimney will also need to be changed out.
By Art from New Jersey on July 12, 2014
Can this fire place be installed on a inside wall with 8 FT ceiling and what type of ceiling adapter, venting, backing and floor tile would I use?
By eFireplaceStore on July 14, 2014
Answer:This product can indeed be installed in a room with an 8 foot ceiling. The fireplace is designed to be enclosed into a combustible wall or built into an external chase. The unit is configured for very close clearance to 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 framing and standard drywall. The air cooled chimney system can be passed through each ceiling by using a firestop spacer. The unit can be placed directly on a combustible floor and requires only a noncombustible hearth in front of the unit. Ceramic tile, stone, or metal can be used to construct the hearth.
By Mark F. from Bushkill, PA on July 14, 2014
Answer:The answer is yes. I am a chimney professional and installed one of these units just a few months ago. Please see attached pictures. As for the technical "stuff" fireplace installation is regulated by the NFPA 211. These codes may be superseded by local code officials so be sure to check with your townships code enforcement officer or the local fire marshal. Typically you need to:
1. Meet or exceed the clearance requirements listed in the unit specifications.
2. The walls inside the chimney chase need to be sheetrocked and have 1 coat of tape/spackle or fire rated draft stop installed. (We use fire foam see picture) Sometimes 5/8" fire rated Sheetrock is required. In my local areas 1/2" is acceptable.
3. You must have fire stops/draft protection installed at a minimum of every 8'.
4. You must meet clearance to combustible surfaces (typically 2") with your chimney pipe. You will have to check with the pipe manufacturer for this information as there are multiple manufacturers for this type of pipe.
5. Your chimney needs to be 3' minimum penetration above roof (different for cimney chase) and 2' above a 10' horizontal plane. Google image search cimney height requirements if you have questions on this part.
6. Hearth requirements are 16" from the face of fireplace and 8" to each side covered with a non-combustible material. (Pretty much any type of Ceramic tile or stone will meet these requirements of you can buy a premade hearth.
By Dane from Washington on July 15, 2014
Answer:We installed this in an inside wall. We had a spot that had originally been designed to fit the old style of TV so it doesn't sit sticking out into the room. The spot was a perfect fit for the fireplace. All you'll need to do is frame around the fireplace as specified in the instructions and install the proper chimney components. We are very happy with the fireplace and it made for a great addition to our home.
By Matt from Middleton, NH on July 13, 2014
Is this a fireplace that can be inserted in an outside wall?
Does it come with the stack pipes?
By eFireplaceStore on July 14, 2014
Answer:This unit can be built into an outside wall, but is only intended for use on an inward facing application. It will not stand up to being exposed to outdoor air and must be encased in false chimney enclosure. The unit is UL listed and meets all current standards for an indoor application. It is perfectly safe when installed per the installation guidelines. The air cooled chimney system must be purchased separately from the unit. If you have a description and estimate of distances for your installation, I can work up a quote for those parts. Unfortunately, we do not have installation contacts in your area, however a local reputable contractor or plumbing service should be able to complete the installation.
By Keith from Orlando, FL on July 14, 2014
Answer:Yes this fireplace can be inserted in an outside wall and the stack pipes are available from the supplier. You will need to measure the height of your chimney and order the correct length. The product seems well made and safe when installed correctly. You will need to search your local directory for a qualified installer.
By Marty from Minot, ND on July 14, 2014
Answer:We did put it in an outside wall but it was framed, insulated and a sheet rock barrier installed behind it. It is a safe well constructed unit. What you see is what you get. The chimney parts are purchased separately. My son and I installed it but I would consult with an expert if you have never done it before. There are some things that are easier if you know about them and you also need to know your local code requirements.
By Craig from Colorado on July 14, 2014
Answer:Yes, we installed ours on an outside wall. We have it enclosed with a chase and insulated that for added temp protection. It does not come with the pipe, that has to be ordered separately.
By Mark Leitel from Fremont, NE on December 6, 2012
Page three of the manual shows the front to back dimension at 14.438". It also shows the front to centerline of pipe at 14" Which is correct?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 6, 2012
Answer:The 14.438 inch dimension is referencing the hearth panel depth on the inside of the fireplace. The overall depth of the entire unit is the 21.125 inch measurement listed on the left side of the page. The 14 inch measurement is accurate for the flue center line, when measured from the front of the fireplace.
By Keith Daegele from Washington, DC on June 20, 2012
I have an antique wooden mantel with opening dimensions 36" wide x 34.5" tall. Can I attach this mantel to the wall around this fireplace?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on June 21, 2012
Answer:Unfortunately, this will not be an option as combustible material cannot be placed on the metal face of the fireplace. While the opening is 36", there is about 1" of metal on either side that cannot be covered.
It would be necessary to use a larger mantel or modify the existing one, as most manufactured fireplace are 36" or larger and would present the same issue.
By Ed from Grasonville, MD on August 3, 2013
I have an existing fireplace installed in the late 1980s that looks exactly like the FMI Bungalow unit but the panels are cracked and broken. How can I determine that it is in fact an FMI unit? If it is, is it possible to purchase and install replacement panels? If we replace the entire unit, how can I determine if the existing 8" chimney pipe is satisfactory for use with the replacement unit?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 5, 2013
Answer:Because the Bungalow has been manufactured for some time, it is possible your existing unit is the same. The manufacturer installs a build tag on each unit for later identification. The tag is usually affixed to the smoke shelf that runs across the top of the opening. It may be on the front or back sides. Occasionally, the build tag is also affixed to the left or right sides of the opening or is placed in the bottom of the unit, beneath the firebox floor.
The same information is needed to determine the line of chimney pipe that is currently installed. Once the model information has been found, I will be happy to advise on pricing for the replacement firebox panels.
By Billy from Blanchard, OK on November 14, 2013
The opening that my framer left is 35 inches. Will this fit? If not, which one will?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 14, 2013
Answer:This is one of the narrowest wood burning boxes we carry, but it still requires a framed opening width of 38 1/4 inches. Typically, a 36 inch prefab box is the smallest unit that is offered and the 36 inch measurement refers to the opening. You may need to consider having the framer widen the opening just a bit to accommodate one of these units.
By Jon from Nashville, TN on November 22, 2011
Does this require a Air Cooled Chimney Pipe or is a Solid Insulated Chimney Pipe needed, the piping will be within a well insulated chase on the exterior wall?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 22, 2011
By Bill Griswold from Delmar, DE on December 6, 2012
What is the difference between a wood burning fireplace that is circulating and non circulating? What wood burning fireplace model do you recommend for a living room 13' x 18'? The fireplace will be located at the end wall (13').
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 6, 2012
Circulating fireplaces will have louvers or vents made into the face above and below the opening. These allow for heat to naturally circulate and will also allow you to install a blower for additional convection. The louvers cannot be covered in most cases. Non-circulating units will have a smooth face, which will allow you to cover the facing with a noncombustible material of your choosing. A blower cannot be used in this type of unit.
A 36 to 40 inch model would be suitable for the size room you have. I recommend avoiding some of our builder grade models, as they are not intended to provide much supplemental heat. A unit such as the Monessen Biltmore Radiant Wood-Burning Fireplace with Firebrick Liner - 38 Inch
would be a good source of heat and could allow the installation of an outside air kit, which would further increase efficiency.
By Tony from Arcata, CA on March 21, 2013
Does this unit meet California Building codes?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on March 21, 2013
Most likely, no. This is an open-faced, inefficient builder-grade woodburning fireplace, and California tends to disallow such models. Please check with your local building code enforcement office for more information. You will likely need a closed-combustion chamber, EPA-approved unit such as this:
Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace
By Robert from Sparta, Georgia on February 22, 2014
We own a manufactured (Horton) 4 bedroom home that has a wood burning fireplace. The firebox has cracks and have not been able to use it and not certain if the cracks are repairable. Is this FMI Bungalow - Builder 36 a compatible fireplace insert for our manufactured home? I did the measurements of H/W/D and they all seem equal and the chimney is "dead-center'.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 24, 2014
Answer:The FMI Bungalow can indeed be used in a manufactured home. Current codes state that it must be supplied with outside combustion air and must be anchored and grounded to the chassis of the home. Do you know the manufacturer name and model number of the current fireplace? FMI has contracts with many manufactured home builders and the existing unit may be produced by them. If so, the existing chimney could be used again.
By Dawn from Bethlehem, CT on August 25, 2014
How well does this heat?
By eFireplaceStore on August 26, 2014
This model does not function well as a heating appliance. Being an open faced fireplace, it primarily serves to provide radiant heat to the immediate area, while providing the aesthetics of a wood fire.
For heating purposes, I highly recommend investing in a wood burning stove or high efficiency wood burning fireplace. A very popular high efficiency unit that can heat approximately 2,500 square feet is the Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace
. While the initial cost of the unit is higher, this model burns its fuel very slowly and efficiently. It is designed to work as a heating appliance and when fueled constantly and installed in a central location, it can serve as a primary heat source for some homes. The cost of the chimney system will vary based on the home. If you have an estimate on your ceiling height, attic height, and roof pitch, I will be happy to provide a chimney quote.
By Dawyn from Bethlehem, CT on August 25, 2014
What mantel would fit this fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on August 26, 2014
By Keith from Detroit, Michigan on November 25, 2013
I will be installing this fireplace in a corner of my family room but most of the chimney will be outside exposed to the elements (Michigan). Can I use double wall or will I need triple wall and where can I get pricing on triple wall?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on November 25, 2013
Answer:This fireplace requires FMI's 8DM double-wall, air-cooled class A chimney pipe. It has an 8" inside diameter and a 12 3/8" outside diameter. You can see all of these available pipe lengths and accessories in the "Venting C omponents" tab on this fireplace's item page.
By Brian from Bradenton, FL on August 3, 2013
Just purchased this fireplace to replace old. How do you recommend I tie into old chimney? It has an 8" double walled chimney vent.
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on August 5, 2013
Answer:This FMI Bungalow fireplace requires the use of FMI's own 8" inner diameter chimney pipe (model "8DM" pipe). This pipe has a 8" inner diameter and a 12 3/8" outer diameter. Only if you have this exact pipe already in place can you utilize the existing chimney. Otherwise, it will need to be replaced with the 8DM pipe.
By Kathy from Huntsville, AL on January 25, 2014
Can this be a stand alone unit that's vented through the roof?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 27, 2014
Answer:It is indeed possible to install this model as a stand alone unit and build it into a small enclosure to conceal the firebox chassis and piping. As long as the necessary clearances are maintained, there will not be an issue.
By Edna from La Grange, Texas on February 3, 2014
Are the firebrick walls replaceable?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on February 3, 2014
Answer:Yes, we can sell replacement panels for this 36" Bungalow fireplace if needed. If you need any of the panels, please reply and indicate which one(s) you need (rear, left, right, bottom front or bottom rear) and we can provide pricing and availability.
By George from Andover, Ohio on October 24, 2013
I'm looking for a fireplace to heat approximately 1000 sq ft with a screen & doors. Which model offers both?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 24, 2013
Unfortunately, open faced fireplaces are not capable of heating this sort of area, as they only offer a marginal amount of efficiency and pull a good deal of dilution air from the room.
We do offer closed combustion fireplaces, which function much like a stove and can heat a much larger area. Unfortunately, they cannot be burned with the doors open. However, their fuel efficiency and great heating capacity are big pluses. A popular model we sell is the Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace
By Russell Boisvert from DuBois, PA on December 16, 2012
We just purchased a home that has the 36-inch Bungalow fireplace set up to run on LP gas. We love the unit and the quality is great. However, we would like to install your BK3 fan kit. What do you think?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on December 17, 2012
By Evelyn from Osyka, MS on September 29, 2014
I have an existing fireplace opening of 54" wide 33 1/2 tall and 20" deep. This house is 100 years old so at one time the fireplace was used as the only heat source. Now I have a freestanding stove with pipe up and out the chimney. My room is 30x30 with cathedral ceilings. Will this unit, with the doors and a blower, supply enough heat to help keep it warm?
By eFireplaceStore on September 30, 2014
Answer:Unfortunately, no. Even with a blower and bifold doors, this unit will only provide limited supplemental heat and is first and foremost designed for ambiance. Closed combustion fireplaces and stoves offer much greater heat output and will far outperform any traditional fireplace, be it masonry or prefabricated.
By Frank from Bushkill, PA on September 30, 2014
Answer:The short answer is no. These units were not designed to produce significant amounts of heat but more or less an inexpensive solution to building a standard masonry fireplace.
By Ben from Staten Island, NY on September 30, 2014
Answer:I have one in a room around the same size with a 13 foot ceiling. It does heat the room but it has to be burning for a while before the room heats up
By Jennifer from Syracuse, NY on September 30, 2014
Answer:In our home we don't have the doors or the blower. Our room is 24x30 and usually stays at 82 degrees if it has been going for a while. The adjacent 4 rooms stay 68 - 72.
By Dane from Seattle, WA on September 30, 2014
Answer:Naturally freestanding stoves provide more heat since heat can radiate from all sides. This unit with the blower will do okay. Given the large room, it may take the draft out of the room but likely won't be quite enough. Also, with the age of the home the insulation will play a big role. If the house leaks heat faster than any fireplace can provide, it won't be sufficient. We can heat our home pretty well. The main living area is about 800 sq ft with vaulted ceilings but it's a modern home. I hope this helps.
By Ernesto from California on July 31, 2014
What is the length of the pipe?
By Tyler M. on July 31, 2014
Answer:This fireplace utilizes FMI's 8DM double-wall, air-cooled class A chimney pipe. It has an 8" inside diameter and a 12 3/8" outside diameter. You can see the various lengths and chimney parts available in the "Venting Components" tab on this fireplace's item page. Please let us know if you need a quote for this fireplace and the appropriate chimney. If so, simply reply with the length of pipe required, any offsets you may need to achieve, and a roof pitch measurement if the pipe will be penetrating a pitched roof.
By Walter from Mary Esther, FL on December 16, 2012
I have a concrete block opening that is 37 inches high. Any way to get this unit to slide in?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 17, 2012
Answer:It is possible that the unit could be tilted just a bit and slid back into the opening, but I cannot say for sure if this would work. However, if the enclosure you are planning to install the opening into is made completely from concrete block, and has no wooden framing in the enclosure, you should be able to cut down the metal standoffs that are attached to the top of the unit.
Again, for this to be allowable there must be no combustible material used in the enclosure.
By DIANE CHIASSON from AMELIA, VA on January 14, 2013
I am trying to find replacement bi-fold glass doors for what i believe is a Coleman 9736d800 fireplace in a 1992 manufactured home. The fireplace looks similar to your FMI Bungalow Builder 36 inch wood burning fireplace. Do you sell these doors? Is this something that can be replaced with a similar product or is it necessary to replace the entire fireplace?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 15, 2013
Answer:It is likely that we will be able to supply you with the original style of doors for your fireplace, as most of them are still available. However, I will need to confirm the model number of the fireplace with you. The number provided seems to be either a part or serial number. Most Coleman model numbers started with two numbers, followed by letters. A few had one or two letters, followed by numbers. A couple of examples are 36ECM or GI3600. Please let me know what you are able to find and I will be happy to assist you further.
By jose l vega from Newport News, VA on February 2, 2013
I just bought this fireplace and need to know if I have to buy the blower, and which one I need.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 4, 2013
Answer:While a blower does not have to be used with this unit, it will help to increase the natural convection of the fireplace. Both available blower assemblies can be seen in the Accessories tab above. The BK squirrel cage fan has better airflow of the two and is quieter; however, the BK3 is the more cost effective.
By Karl from DE on April 9, 2013
What is the minimum chimney height requirement for Model B36l-M?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on April 9, 2013
The minimum height of the chimney system for this FMI B36L fireplace is 11.5 feet, measured from the base of the fireplace to the chimney cap. This is for a straight flue or a flue with one elbow set. If you use two elbow sets, the minimum height increases to 22 feet. The maximum height is 50 feet.
You can see the appropriate FMI 8" inner diameter class A chimney pipe in the "Venting Components" tab on this fireplace's item page. For more information, please see page 4 of the owner's manual
By Mike from Philadelphia, PA on October 18, 2013
I have an old fireplace that is rusted. Can I insert this into the existing one then tie in the new vent?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on October 21, 2013
Answer:No, this fireplace requires a connection to its own specific 8DM pipe made by FMI. You would need to remove your current fireplace and existing pipe to install this unit and its chimney.
By Kyle from Bayou La Batre, AL on September 27, 2012
What size diameter chimney liner do I need with this fireplace?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on September 27, 2012
Answer:You will need 8" inner diameter double-wall air-cooled chimney pipe to vent this fireplace. It requires the use of FMI chimney pipe that has an 8" inner diameter and a 12 3/8" outer diameter.
All of the compatible pipe and parts and listed in the "Venting Components" tab on this item page.
By Ed on October 17, 2011
I am building a small cottage and plan to use one of your fireplace inserts. I want this as close to the floor as possible. Do I remove the bottom wall plate for this installation?
By Customer Service on October 17, 2011
Unfortunately, this fireplace cannot be modified for the purpose of lowering the firebox. It is specifically manufactured as it is, with that 6-8" elevation, to be a zero clearance fireplace that can be placed directly on a wood floor (not carpet). Most of the fireplaces we sell that are similar to this one are made the same way and cannot be altered. However, we do have some floor level vent-free fireboxes like this one:
DDI Valiant 36" Floor Level Vent Free Firebox
The only wood-burning fireplace that we have that is floor level is this model:
FMI Plantation Floor Level Mosaic Masonry Woodburning Fireplace
By tyler from Utah on November 28, 2012
I want to add this to my upstairs. There is a wood burning stove directly below where this would go. The stove is vented straight up through the second floor and then the roof with 8" I.D. double wall pipe. Would it be possible to somehow add a tee or some other part that would make it possible to basically splice the new fireplace into the existing stove pipe system? If not, is there a brand or something you would suggest to accomplish this?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 29, 2012
Answer:Unfortunately, it is not possible to tie a new appliance wood burning appliance into your existing vent run, as components are not manufactured to do this and it is not allowed by code. Even if the retrofit was possible, pressure differences can cause the stove to belch smoke through the opening of the open faced fireplace. I am afraid it would be necessary to run a new stack for the fireplace.
By Jeremy from Milam, TX on September 14, 2014
Does this fireplace have a damper?
By eFireplaceStore on September 15, 2014
Answer:This unit does indeed have a damper as a standard feature. The control rod is located in the front center of the fireplace opening.
By Cindy from Lincoln, NE on August 26, 2014
Would this model replace an FMI Baja 3600 Non-Circulating (Smooth Face)? What else, if anything, would I need to trade my old unit out for this unit? Are the specifications the same? I believe I would have to install an outlet for use with the blower, but not sure what else. All I could find on the ID plate was FMI 3600. It was installed when the house was built in 1992.
By eFireplaceStore on August 26, 2014
Answer:This is indeed the closest replacement from the original Baja 3600 and 3601. The chimney system is the same, so no changes would need to be made on that front. Overall dimensions are within 1/2 an inch of the old unit.
By Jeremy from Perryville, AR on January 9, 2014
If you put the glass doors on this fireplace will it still put out heat with the doors closed, or will they have to be opened?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on January 9, 2014
If you plan on closing the optional bi-fold glass doors when burning a fire, we recommend using the optional fresh air kit and advise looking at the manufacturer's instructions, located on page 14 of
the owner's manual
By Roxanne from Gerrardstown, WV on December 14, 2013
I have a fireplace that looks like this one. The back firebrick panel needs to be replaced. It is 16" wide and 19" high. It looks exactly like the firebrick in this unit. Can I order just the back panel? Please advise. It is a Dan Ryan home and I built it in 2000.
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on December 16, 2013
If you do not have the manufacturer or model information of your fireplace, then we can offer universal replacement panels. We carry options for both woodburning fireplaces and gas fireplaces. If you have a woodburning fireplace (or a fireplace that originally burned wood but now burns gas), we do offer some universal refractory panels that will work for your woodburning fireplace. Please see the following links:
One 24"h x 28"w Panel
Two 24" h x 40"w Panels
These panels are about 3/4" thick and can be cut down to the size you need with a masonry blade or tile saw. They are suitable for use as side, rear and floor panels inside any manufactured woodburning fireplace.
If you have a fireplace that is only listed to burn gas (vent-free, direct vent or B-vent), please see these universal panel options:
El Dorado Decorative Brick Firebox Panel
Seville Decorative Brick Firebox Panel
Florence Decorative Brick Firebox Panel
Each of these panels measure 22.5" wide by 19.5" high and they are 1/2" thick. They can be cut to the size(s) you need.
By Jennifer from Silver Spring, MD on May 22, 2012
I have a woodburning fireplace currently with a blower. I have seen the chute in the attic and it almost looks like duct work, but I do have a chimney. My current fireplace is a DWF-36 made by Marco who is no longer in business.. I am looking to replace the fireplace and this looks similar to my fireplace, but there are so many different types I am not sure! I want to make sure that this one is the type of fireplace I need. . Can you please help me?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on May 22, 2012
Answer:From the information I am able to find on the Marco DWF-36, it does appear that the Bungalow is a similar wood burning fireplace. Your current model also uses an air cooled chimney system, which explains the similarity in appearance to rigid duct work. However, the system would not be compatible with the Bungalow and would need to be replaced at the time you install the new unit.
I will be happy to get a quote put together for the needed items. Also, if you are able to send a photo of the exact unit you have currently, as well as dimensions of it, that would help me to confirm that the Bungalow fireplace would be a good replacement.
By Donato from NY on June 6, 2014
Could I use this for an outside fireplace?
By Brennan W. on June 6, 2014
By John Bonifant from Elida, NM on October 13, 2012
Does this fireplace come with a door?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 15, 2012
Answer:While this unit does not come standard with a door, there are a couple of options available. Please view the accessories tab above for a list of the door finishes available.
By Mary Ann Ferronw from Lagrangeville, NY on November 14, 2012
I want to add a blower to the Bungalow circulating fireplace. How can I access to put in blower?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 14, 2012
We will send you detailed installation instructions for the FMI Rotary Type Fan Blower
that is compatible with this B36L fireplace in a separate email.
By CJ.Hamann from Wasilla Alaska 99654 on January 24, 2013
I am looking to purchase and install this fireplace unit in our bedroom. I would like to ask if this fireplace will work properly for a natural gas log set, and if doors are added what would be a safe BTU natural gas log set to use? What would be the best set for width and depth in this unit or the 42 inch FMI fireplace unit?. We have existing metal-asbestos chimney flue pipe that is 8" inside diameter x 10" outside diameter and is 1 " thick and is double wall pipe from a previous furnace boiler that has been replaced with a direct vent Lochinvar system. I have this complete stack system that is in excellent shape and would like to use it if possible, can I use this on the FMI units?. How high can this FMI unit be raised off the floor? When adding the door system and blower unit does the life of the unit lessen? Is there a thermostat for blower control?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 24, 2013
Answer:Because this item ships via freight line, I will need to check availability and potential cost of the shipment to your area.
By your description, it sounds like the existing chimney system is a solid pack (insulated) chimney. Because this unit uses air cooled chimney and requires a different diameter, I am afraid the existing chimney will not be compatible. The unit can indeed use a vented gas log set and can be equipped with glass doors that can be closed while operating it. A thermostatic blower would also be an option that could be used. Use of the accessories does not have a detrimental affect on the unit when gas logs are being used.
By ross paulson from Mercer, Wisconsin on September 8, 2012
Who manufactures this unit?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on September 10, 2012
Answer:This fireplace is made by FMI, which stands for Fireplace Manufacturers, Incorporated.
By clarence from Trenton, NJ on November 9, 2012
I have an old firebox that is rusted out at the top, and the chimney has a clay liner but smoke comes in on the second floor. Can I use a flex liner for this unit?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 9, 2012
Answer:No, this fireplace must use the FMI 8" inner diameter double-wall Class A chimney pipe. All of our zero-clearance fireplaces require the use of rigid Class A pipe.
By Louis Roy from OH on April 12, 2013
Does this fireplace have a blower with it?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 12, 2013
Answer:While this unit does not offer a circulating blower as a standard option, the fireplace is compatible with two different models. Both of the blowers can be seen in the accessory tab on the item page. The BK3 uses three individual fans that generate approximately 105 CFM of air movement. While this is the the cheaper fan, it is also a bit louder and not as effective as the alternative. The other is the BK, which moves 160 CFM of air and uses a quieter squirrel cage design. This would be the most effective choice for air circulation.
By Becky from Charleston, SC on April 25, 2012
Does this unit come with the Mesh screen?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on April 25, 2012
Answer:Yes, indeed, this unit comes with a mesh pull screen.
By Ken West from North Richland Hills, Texas on February 25, 2013
We are building a screened porch on our home. We would like to have a fireplace in the new addition. This product looks like it could be the answer to our concerns. I am guessing that it comes complete with chimney and all material necessary for installation. What is the time frame for shipping and delivery?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on February 25, 2013
By Paul from Dennis, MS on November 4, 2013
Can we put a glass door on this fireplace?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 5, 2013
Answer:Yes. The available accessory doors for this unit are listed at the top of the options, which are listed under the "accessory" tab on the item page.
By Rich Cabble from Holbrook, NY on February 13, 2013
I would like to install a wood-burning fireplace and mount my TV above it. Is this a bad idea?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on February 13, 2013
Answer:While the manufacturer does not provide information regarding the appropriate clearances to a television, the vast majority of the heat generated by this fireplace will go up the chimney pipe, so it should not be a problem. It will also not be an issue if the television is mounted behind a mantel shelf over the fireplace.
By Mark A. Keimig from Denver colorado on February 21, 2012
Moving into a home that does not have a fireplace. I have a good woodburning stove that is inserted in a traditional fireplace. My Question is could I install one of your fireplaces and than put in my insert like a regular fireplace?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on February 21, 2012
Answer:You could indeed install an insert into one of our fireplaces. However, the fireplace would need to be rated to accept such an appliance. The majority of our fireplaces list that they can accept a fireplace insert only if the insert has been tested for installation into that particular fireplace.
By James from Indiana on November 14, 2012
What else is needed to make this a working fireplace? I am looking to place this unit outside, and it will be covered with cement board and everything that will help protect it from the elements.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 15, 2012
Answer:In addition to the unit itself, you will require the 8-inch FMI piping, firestop, storm collar, and cap. If the unit is not covered, I do not recommend it for an outside installation, as the galvanized steel firebox interior will degrade rapidly.
Please advise on the height of the needed chimney system and if the chimney will be built into an enclosure or will pass through a roof. Also, I can suggest an alternate unit if the unit is freestanding and will be exposed to the weather.
By Jerry from TN on January 28, 2014
Does this have a blower or an option to put one in it?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 28, 2014
Answer:Blowers are indeed available for this particular model. The pair of blower options can be seen under the accessories tab for the fireplace. The rotary blower is the more effective of the two and is quieter than the triple fan model.
By Bradley from Pahrump, NV on January 10, 2014
I'm trying to decide on a fireplace. I'm a little confused as to the big difference between the Bungalow Builder 36 and the Craftsman 36. Basically what I see is the screens are hidden and the refractory brick color is the difference. Can you please help me? I will also be adding a fan to the fireplace I choose. What fan do you recommend?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on January 13, 2014
In addition to the different appearance of the refractory panels, the FMI 36" Craftsman
model offers a slightly larger firebox. The inside of that model is less tapered than this Bungalow model, allowing for more wood to be used to build a fire. Both units require the same FMI 8DM chimney, components for which you can find in the "Venting Components" tab on both fireplaces' item pages.
By Todd from Minneapolis, MN on August 28, 2014
I just purchased a home with this model fireplace in my lower level. Is it possible to put a gas log kiit in this unit?
By eFireplaceStore on August 28, 2014
Answer:As long as the chimney system is in good working order, this model is indeed designed to house either a vented or vent free log set.
By Matt from Atlanta, Ga on April 11, 2014
Our clients want to use this fireplace on a screened in patio. They are on a limited budget, so they want to install the fireplace now and later add a more traditional stack-stone look. Is it ok for the box to be exposed in the meantime? Could we use a high heat paint to paint the back of it black?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 11, 2014
There is technically not an issue with leaving the chassis of the box exposed, but the unit is not built with the sides, top, and the back of the chassis with a finished appearance. Painting the chassis will improve the look, but the metal standoffs, flue collar, and fasteners will still be readily apparent. Also, it is worth noting that this unit is intended for indoor use. Depending on humidity levels, the interior of the fireplace may corrode to the point of perforation within as little as 5 years. Protection from the elements will enhance the lifespan, but humid air drawn into the unit while it is burning exposes the interior to moisture. Outdoor units are made of stainless steel and resist the moisture damage that could occur. An example of our lowest cost outdoor unit is the Vantage Hearth Laredo 36 Inch Outdoor Woodburning Fireplace with White Stacked Brick Liner
By Scott from ME on January 20, 2014
Will this work without power?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on January 20, 2014
Answer:This is a decorative, open-faced woodburning fireplace. It must be installed with the required FMI 8DM chimney pipe (available in the "Venting Components" tab on this item page). Electricity is only required if you want to install an optional blower, and two options are available in the "Accessories" tab on this fireplace's item page.
By David Blaha from Urbandale, Iowa on May 30, 2012
Is a glass door option available?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on May 30, 2012
Answer:Yes, you can see the optional glass door kits available for this unit in the "Accessories" tab on this page.
By Wanda from NC on January 28, 2014
Can this fireplace be installed in a manufactured doublewide home?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 29, 2014
Answer:This unit does not have any restrictions against being installed into a manufactured or mobile home. You will only need to follow the standard guidelines that are necessary for a manufactured home installation. This includes installation of an outside air combustion kit, anchoring the unit to the chassis, as well as grounding it electrically. Some local municipalities also require glass doors to be installed.
By El from Jacksonville FL on February 15, 2014
What type of chimney pipes do I need with this fire place?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 17, 2014
Answer:This unit uses the FMI 8DM chimney system for venting.
By Chris from Jacksonville Beach, FL on March 26, 2014
Does the air damper with the handle come with the fireplace?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 26, 2014
Answer:The outside combustion air kit will not have a manual air control handle. Instead, the damper is operated by negative pressure and does not open unless the fireplace is burning.
By Joanne from Jacksonville, Fl on October 25, 2013
Can this be installed in a double wide mobile home? What other things do we need to add to this i.e. new chimney liner etc? The home is a 1997 model.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 28, 2013
Answer:This unit can indeed be installed in a manufactured home, as long as an outside air kit and anchoring is provided for the unit. It is also prudent to check with your insurance provider before installation, as they may have additional guidelines.
This unit requires the brand specific vent pipe that is listed under the "venting components" tab on the item page. We will be happy to generate a quote, if you would like to provide the ceiling height and the pitch of the roof.
By Mara from Fargo nd on January 16, 2013
I am in Fargo ND and we are building a home. Inside the home we have 3 gas fireplaces but we would like a wood burning fireplace that we can build a stone wall around. Do you have a wood burning fireplace that will work here?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 17, 2013
This 36" Bungalow is one of our most popular woodburning fireplaces. It is an open-faced, builder-grade unit meant primarily for aesthetics. If this is your goal, then it is a solid option. However, this particular model has louvers that cannot be covered over with stone. If you want to bring your stone all the way up to the opening of the fireplace, please see the B36F Smooth-Faced FMI 36" Bungalow.
. This model eliminates the louvers so you can bring any non-combustible facing material all the way to the opening.
By Lucille from California on October 26, 2011
I bought a gas log set at a yard sale that has not been used. Can I install this gas log set in the FMI Bungalow?
Also, I do not have a fireplace. Can I install this in a room just using a stove pipe and perhaps vent it out thru a window or ceiling?
By Kevin E. on October 28, 2011
Answer:Per this unit's manual, it indeed is approved for use with a gas log set. You can install this into a room as long as it is properly framed in. The venting will need to pass through your ceiling and roof and be terminated with an approved cap. Installation and venting details are listed in the manual located on this page.
By Tom from Auburn, CA on July 23, 2013
Is this fireplace EPA phase 2 compliant?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on July 23, 2013
By tom oconnell from white lake, mi on July 8, 2012
I'm looking for a direct replacement fireplace. The one I have is worn out.
The model I have now is a Coleman 36eMII 9736d800. Can you recommend one? I want wood burning with a fan and glass doors.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on July 9, 2012
While the FMI Bungalow could also be used in place of your 36ECMII, the following unit would be more of a direct match:
Vantage Hearth Performance Line Series 36 Inch Radiant Heat Smooth Faced Wood Burning Fireplace
Both the height and width of this unit are within 1" of your current model and it uses the exact same chimney system. If your existing chimney is in good shape, it could be used again. This unit can also use glass doors and can be equipped with a fan.
By Miguel Boschulte from Hartford, AL on December 10, 2012
What does this item include? I am building a house that has an enclosure for a 36-inch pre-fab vented fireplace. I am looking for a wood-burning insert that will also blow the heat out by the use of a built-in fan. Will this item suffice for what I am looking for? The distance from the floor to the stack is 23 feet, 7 1/2 inches
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on December 10, 2012
Answer:This item can indeed become what you are looking for, but it does not include the blower or the necessary Class A chimney pipe. The blower options can be found in the "Accessories" tab above; the chimney pipe is available in the "Venting Components" tab next to that.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 10, 2012
Answer:The 36 inch Bungalow is indeed a unit that will allow you to install a circulating fan to distribute heat into the immediate area.
By Bill Burnside from Waco, Texas on February 5, 2013
Does this product come with a set of ember screens that pull across the front of the firebox?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 5, 2013
Answer:This unit will indeed come complete with a set of mesh pull screens to protect from stray embers and sparks.
By Chris Burney from Colorado Springs, CO on October 16, 2012
We are wanting to replace our old Majestic fireplace, and were wondering if the pipe that is in the house will fit on this FMI.
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on October 17, 2012
Answer:Unfortunately, no. The Bungalow requires 8" inner diameter, 12 3/8" outer diameter, and air-insulated double-wall chimney pipe manufactured by FMI.
You can see these parts listed in the "Venting Components" tab above.