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Linear Fireplaces

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.
By Mark from Laguna Niguel, CA on March 31, 2014
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

Answer:
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

Answer:
The largest linear fireplace we currently carry is the Napoleon 62" Linear Direct Vent Natural Gas Fireplace - 50,000 BTU. This unit features a viewing area of approximately 62 inches and a framing area of 81 inches to accommodate the chassis.

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

Answer:
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

Answer:
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 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

Answer:
This distance is very specific to the fireplace in question, but 2 1/2 feet is usually the minimum.

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