By Everett from Vienna, VA on January 21, 2016
What sort of tank is required to support the use of this Rasmussen vent-free propane burner with realistic coals on an occasional basis? We have electric heat in our home and I want something that will provide some heat when the power goes out. We have a brick fireplace in the basement that should be able to support the use of this unit. Will that provide sufficient venting? Not sure what is meant by "vent free".
By Chris C. on January 21, 2016
For occasional use, I would recommend a tank no smaller than 30 pounds. If too small of a tank is used, the rate of evaporation in the tank may not meet the needs of the appliance to burn properly. Vent free appliances such as the coal burner in question burns the gas in such an efficient manner that the only by-products released into the living space are carbon dioxide and water vapor. For further reading, you may want to read through our Gas Log Guide
By David Alvarez from Plainville, CT on October 31, 2012
My downstairs fireplace has a metal insert with glass doors and an electric blower system. Can this unit sit inside this insert? Where would the propane tank be located? How much heat could I expect from the unit without using the blower system?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 31, 2012
Answer:While it is possible to use some vented burner assemblies in a fireplace insert, I do not recommend using a vent free burner with a gas valve, such as this item. The confined space will most likely overheat the gas valve and cause it to fail prematurely.
By Christine from Ontario, Canada on December 31, 2012
I had a LP gas fireplace with venting system, but my late husband had it replaced with an electric one. Can I remove this electric fireplace and insert this LP in its place, retaining the frame and glass front that I now have?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 2, 2013
Answer:This vent-free burner is meant for installation inside an existing manufactured or masonry woodburning fireplace. You will not be able to utilize a glass front with any vent-free appliance such as this, because the fireplace would need to be open to use room air for combustion.
By Cindy from Plainville, MA on December 4, 2016
I have a Russian fireplace in my home. I work nights so am not awake for hours during the day to "tend a wood fire. Would a unit like this work in a Russian fireplace?
By Will M. on December 5, 2016
Answer:We will need to know the measurements of the fireplace opening to make this determination.