If you're looking for contemporary style and a minimal flame with a maximum impact, a linear fireplace will be a perfect fit. With a linear burner that gives the appearance of a short, wide swath of flame, and a low rectangular viewing area gives these units a more modern look and clean appearance. The majority of these fireplace are direct vent, but there are also several vent free models. Besides a more modern styling than traditional fireplaces, linear fireplaces offer the opportunity to create a more customized look. With options like fire glass, stones and even decorative log sets with some units, you'll be able to more closely match for your home's decor and your style.
Napoleon LHD45 Linear Series Gas Fireplace or Majestic 42" linear fireplace, can we add a tile surround on our own? How close can we put materials like ceramic tile or granite on top of a hard board backing to the glass? And do we have to buy a metal surround for these linear fireplaces?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 31, 2014
The LHD45 is designed so that is must use a metal surround to cover the mechanics that would be exposed around the glass. As such, the Majestic Echelon would be the better choice of the two, as there is a very minimal trim kit that can be used to finish the perimeter of the framing. The trim kit would allow tile to come within a couple of inches of the glass frame. You can view a photo of the inside trim kit for reference here. The trim can be seen around the outside perimeter and abuts the red wall in the photo.
By Jim from IL on August 15, 2013
What is max. width you offer in linear units for LP gas? Looking for min. 60" to 72" width. Also looking for a frame-less front design.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 15, 2013
The unit does not require a decorative surround and uses a minimal frame to surround the glass.
By Carre from Las Vegas, Nevada on March 20, 2014
I have an existing gas fireplace on an inside wall with venting through the roof. I want to replace it with a linear fireplace and mount a large TV above it. The ceilings are 11 feet high, plus another foot where the ceiling is coffered. The room area is 19-1/2 feet by 15, but it's a great room that extends another 30 feet of kitchen and dining room. What fireplace best suits this space?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 20, 2014
One of the most popular linear models that we offer that would suit a space this large is the Majestic 60 Inch Echelon Wide View Direct Vent Gas Fireplace with Signature Command Controls - Natural Gas. This model features an integral control system with remote that allows you to activate and modulate the unit without being near it. The BTU output is also sufficient to heat approximately 1,000 square feet of space. Larger direct vent gas fireplaces, such as this model, can damage electronics mounted above them. As such, I highly recommend recessing the television into an alcove, allowing the majority of the rising heat to pass by it.
By Ken from Missouri on January 2, 2014
In reference to the FMI Paris Lights 43" Linear Vent-Free Fireplace: Can you set it back in the wall 6 inches and surround the opening with concrete board?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on January 2, 2014
A framed enclosure may indeed be built for the Paris Lights model, and, as long as all clearances are met, you can indeed use concrete board to extend the opening out from your wall. Please see page 10 of the owner's manual for an illustrated example of a framed enclosure with the proper framing dimensions listed, which account for the clearances needed.
By Ken from Scaly Mountain, NC on May 13, 2014
Majestic 60" or Nepolian 50": which looks better? They are the same size, aren't they?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on May 13, 2014
Actual viewing area between the two is indeed very close, however in my opinion, the Majestic Echelon is the better of the two units. The Signature Command control system is a more complete operating platform and offers a better choice of remote controls. The BTU output is also greater, leading to a higher flame presentation and improved heat output. The Majestic model also features the better reliability track record of the two units.
By Peter from Dallas on February 11, 2014
What is the minimum distance from the top of the opening to a tv above my fireplace?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 11, 2014
This distance is very specific to the fireplace in question, but 2 1/2 feet is usually the minimum.
By Steve from Michigan on September 22, 2014
I have a pellet stove w/ 5" pipe. Do you have a recommendation for a cleaning brush/kit?
By eFireplaceStore on September 23, 2014
Ideally, a polypropylene brush will be used for cleaning, but the choice of rods will depend on your vent run. How is the piping routed for your appliance and what is the estimated length of the run?
By Carl from Nashville, TN on December 29, 2014
What is the difference between a top vent and a direct vent linear fireplace?
By Tyler M. on December 29, 2014
All of our linear direct vent fireplaces have a fixed top vent flue collar, so in this category they are one and the same. "Top vent" refers to the flue collar's location on the fireplace whereas "direct vent" is the category of gas appliance. A direct vent fireplace uses a solid glass panel in front to seal the unit from the room, and the appliance uses the vent system to provide combustion air (through the outer pipe) and for exhaust (through the inner pipe).
We are looking for a shallow fireplace to replace a Montego C34DV 34" with a gas fireplace. The depth of this fireplace is 13 3/4" and we would like a more modern looking linear unit. Can you please advise a brand and model that would work?
I have a wall I would like to install a linear fireplace into. The house uses propane. How do I know if the ventless or vented fireplace is right for our application?
By eFireplaceStore on July 3, 2014
Vent free appliances are a superior heat source, as they are almost perfectly efficient; however, they do have several limitations. A 10,000 BTU or higher appliance cannot be used in a sleeping room, they do not do well in a confined space, and they do release some byproducts to the room.
Vented appliances, specifically direct vent, are very versatile and can be used in any room. They have a much higher flame presentation and do not effect indoor air quality. However, they are less efficient than a vent free appliance.
By Ray from Easton, PA on October 14, 2014
Can the Napoleon WHVF24 Vent Free Hanging Gas Plazmafire be installed with venting?