By Alex from Houston, Texas on June 17, 2014
If I want to place this unit in a "fake" fireplace (i.e. made of wood and sheetrock), how much clearance to the top of the appliance do I need? I can see a picture in the brochure of the unit standing in a fireplace, but there are no measurements in the manual. Can you help me?
By Chris C. on June 17, 2014
While the clearance requirements to the sides and back are listed on page 24 of the manual attached here
, I had to check with Napoleon on the clearance requirements when installing the unit into a fireplace as shown in their sales brochure. After looking into this further, the stove itself requires 48" of clearance to any combustible material placed above the stove.
By John from Morristown, NJ on November 16, 2014
The manual for the Napoleon GDS20N I bought from you shows a blower as an option. Is one available? If so, is it end-user installable?
By Tyler M. on November 17, 2014
By Mary Louise from Mechanicsburg, Ohio on August 29, 2013
My questions are concerned with the Napoleon Arlington Direct Vent Cast Iron Gas Stove, GDS20.
I am working with a floor plan for a cabin and I want to know if I have space for this unit.
What is the exact distance taken up behind this unit? In other words, how many inches will be taken up for safe installation.
What is the the safe distance for combustibles ( like a chair) around this unit?
Do I need to install a special floor under it?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on August 29, 2013
The Arlington direct vent stove has a minimum clearance of 2" to a combustible wall from the back of the stove and 4" to a combustible side wall. Please see an illustrated diagram of these clearances on page 23 of the owner's manual
. The stove can be installed directly on wood flooring, but If the appliance is installed directly on carpeting, vinyl tile or other combustible material (other than wood ﬂooring), it must be placed on a metal or wood panel extending the full width and depth.
By Dean shrum from san diego county, california, usa on February 9, 2012
I am looking at this Arlington stove and wondered what all items I will need with it and can i vent it thru a wall like shown and then up thru the roof?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on February 9, 2012
The only additional item required with this stove is the vent pipe, which we do have available as well. Please see this item as an example of the pipe you can use:
Napoleon 24-Inch Gas Stove Wall Venting Kit
Also, you can indeed vent this stove as the picture illustrates, however, it is unnecessary to have a vertical run through the roof, as you can terminate it on the outside wall. This is a direct vent stove that does not require vertical termination. For more information, please see the "Venting" section in the owner's manual that can be downloaded on this page.
By terry from ny on May 7, 2012
I can't find an efficiency rating.
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on May 7, 2012
The efficiency rating is listed in the owner's manual on page 6. It is 78% for both natural gas and propane. You can see the full owner's manual here
By Richard from Stockholm, WI on November 4, 2015
What is the clearance needed from the front of this Napoleon Arlington direct vent cast iron gas stove to furniture or other combustibles?
By Will M. on November 5, 2015
Answer:48" is required from the front of the stove.
By Benjamin from West Caldwell, NJ on October 6, 2015
We are looking at putting this Napoleon Arlington direct vent cast iron gas stove toward the left end of a 7 1/2 foot long wall and a large screen TV toward the right side. How far from the left end of the wall does this stove have to be and how far past the vertical end of the stove can the TV be hung?
By Will M. on October 7, 2015
The clearance to a side wall is 4", as indicated on page 24 of the installation manual.
The installation manual does not provide clear directions for mantel or television clearances, other than to maintain the minimum clearance to combustibles. I would recommend contacting the manufacturer of the television for further guidance in determining the amount of heat this will be able to handle and then testing the planned location (after the stove is installed) with an infrared thermometer to ensure the surface does not meet or exceed this temperature.
By Eileen from Surry, Maine on January 12, 2012
How many BTU's do I need to heat a 24' X 30' house (720 sq ft) and a smaller second story (336 sq ft) that is located in the state of Maine?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 12, 2012
Answer:Assuming that the home has only average insulation and taking into account your colder climate, you would need 35,000 BTUs or greater to effectively heat the home.
It would definitely be to your advantage to locate the appliance as centrally as possible. Also, if the home is very well insulated, you could settle for a unit with a slightly lower rating, but it would not hurt to have the extra capacity. Most units can be adjusted if full heating is not needed.
By Clark Frese from Lewisberry, PA on November 25, 2011
Should I purchase the Napoleon Arlington above for a small cottage? I originally had a Tahoe fireplace.
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on November 28, 2011
Answer:The Arlington is a great free-standing stove option. It will actually generate a bit more BTU than the Tahoe fireplace that you originally had.
By Terra from San Francisco on March 15, 2012
I'm interested in the Arlington stove, but you're only offering two of the three finishes available. Is it possible to still get the lighter finish? Or are you sold out?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on March 15, 2012
Answer:Unfortunately, Napoleon has discontinued the wrought iron finish version of the Arlington stove. The stove is only available currently in painted black and porcelain majolica brown.
By Michelle from Pioneertown, CA on January 27, 2014
We are building a very well insulated 1000 square foot cabin. Would the Arlington work for us?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on January 27, 2014
This direct vent stove has a maximum BTU rating of 20,000, and it is capable of heating approximately 450 square feet. It would certainly be a nice supplemental heating source for your home. If you are looking for a direct vent gas stove with a little more horsepower, so to speak, you may consider something like the Napoleon GDS60 Cast Iron Gas Stove
By Penny Pollard from Cape Elizabeth, ME on November 14, 2012
I have a Napoleon Arlington Direct Vent Cast Iron Gas stove, installed last summer. Unfortunately, we have determined that wind-driven rain infiltrates the vent and drips through the pipe onto the interior floor. Is there a wind/rain vent cap that would work with this stove vent?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 14, 2012
Answer:Depending on the type of venting that was used with the stove, you may need either a high wind cap or rain guard to solve this issue. Is the unit vented horizontally through a wall or vertically through the roof? Also, was Napoleon's own venting used, or was the conversion to Simpson Duravent made?
By Jerry from New Castle, DE on February 4, 2013
I have a direct vent Arlington running on LP. Is there a fan unit available for my stove?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on February 4, 2013
Yes, this Arlington direct vent stove utilizes Napoleon's GS-65KT blower
, which you can find in the "Accessories" tab above.
By Anastasia from Pittsburgh, PA on October 10, 2015
My husband and I recently enclosed our 8' x 32' front porch by putting windows in above a short-wall (22"). We were hoping to do a direct-vent stove but we're not sure if this would be overkill / too hot for the area. We prefer using natural gas (we get free gas as there's a gas lease on our property). We're located in PA which can have cold winters, and we were planning on insulating the floor (which is wood). Is this Napoleon Arlington direct vent cast iron gas stove an option for us or would you recommend using a ventless unit? We have an infant and we were hoping he could use the area as a play space year round. When I browsed at a fireplace store they cautioned against getting any ventless due to the exhaust. How many BTUs would be recommended to heat this size area in our climate with 3/4 of the wall being windows?
By Will M. on October 12, 2015
If this is tightly sealed and there will be no permanent openings to the outdoors, I recommend over-sizing the appliance for the space to account for the windows. This would rule out vent free options as they rely on combustion air from the home. In addition, the open hearth design of vent free appliances would not be ideal for infants. While there would still be a need to monitor children with any heating appliance, the concern is lessened with direct vent appliances. The tempered or ceramic glass will be covered with a safety barrier that will prevent contact, but I would still recommend purchasing a Child Guard.
With that being said, the stove in question would be an excellent choice as the space you have described would only need 8,960 BTU's for heat and this stove has a maximum output of 15,600 BTU's.
By Steven from Ann Arbor, MI on August 20, 2014
I am planning a 390 sq ft screened porch that will have windows during the fall and spring. In the summer we will just use screens. The room will not be climate controlled and during the winter will not be used. Do you think the Napoleon Arlington Direct Vent gas stove would work to heat this room?
By eFireplaceStore on August 21, 2014
Answer:This size of stove would indeed be adequate to heat your space. Given the BTU loss to efficiency and your specified installation, this should heat 420 square feet of area.
It is worth noting that this is an indoor model by design and the outer chassis does not do well when exposed to outdoor air over a long period of time. The porcelain finish version would be the best way to go if you do utilize this unit, as it will stand up to the outdoor air much better than the painted version.