By andrew liscinsky from Shelton, CT on January 1, 2013
I am looking to replace my pellet fireplace with a propane direct vent gas insert. The fake fireplace was built 15 years ago and constructed of metal framing, Durarock and concrete stone. Outside there is no chimney but an accessible concrete hut.
The opening for the firebox measures 39" W x 27" H x 3' D. What are my limitations? I want the maximum BTU and prefer glass or rock (no fire logs.) Currently, my pellet stove puts out 55,000 BTUs.
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 2, 2013
Without a functional chimney, you would need a zero-clearance direct vent fireplace. In some cases, these units can be vented directly out the rear. Please see our full selection of direct vent fireplaces
and be sure to check the appropriate framing dimensions (not actual dimensions) to ensure proper fitting within your opening:
By Don from MI on April 6, 2013
What is the minimum height and width of the opening need to install this unit?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on April 8, 2013
Answer:The minimum fireplace opening dimensions for this IR3GN direct vent gas insert as as follows:
HEIGHT 21 1/2"
DEPTH 13 1/2"*
(*Add 4" for optional blower)
The minimum allowable chimney flue size is 7" round.
By Marshall from California on January 4, 2013
My fireplace has an opening about 40" wide x 27" tall. Would this insert work? What gas insert would you recommend?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 6, 2013
Answer:This insert, used in conjunction with one of the larger surrounds, would indeed work for your needs. Given your taste for the more modern fireglass style of inserts, I must say that this is probably the best option for your installation. We do have a couple of other offerings, but they are smaller and would be undersized for your fireplace opening.
By Stacy from MA on October 7, 2015
Does this Napoleon IR3GNSB fireplace insert with night light, ribbon burner, topaz ember bed and porcelain panels work with propane?
By Chris C. on October 8, 2015
Answer:This model can indeed be purchased with a propane conversion kit as seen on the first drop down menu when selecting the various options. The first of the three drop down menus should read "Choose Fuel Type", and there you should be able to choose Propane before checkout.
By JC from AZ on September 6, 2013
I have a vented (chimney) gas FP (photo attached has logs). I want to change so the flame looks something like the other attached, with the flame coming from an invisible source through glass chips. What do I need to buy?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 6, 2013
Answer:The glass fireplace insert that is pictured utilizes a different type of burner system than your current setup. It appears the unit you have now is a manufactured model that came with the log and burner assembly it is equipped with. Please advise as to the manufacturer name and model number of the fireplace. I will research options for a glass burner or conversion kit.
By Pete from Sterling, VA on February 28, 2015
I have a wood burning metal prefabricated fireplace and I was thinking of installing a vented propane fireplace. Is it better to buy gas logs or buy an insert? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? What is direct venting and how does that relate to this?
By Chris C. on March 2, 2015
The installation of a vented gas log set is an excellent method to keep the great ambiance large flames, however with minimal heat being produced and introduced to the living space. However, a direct vent insert, such as the Napoleon model you were looking at, is an excellent source of supplemental heat, as well as a way to still provide ambiance to the space. Direct vent appliances allow for a nice looking flame presentation without losing valuable heat up the venting components. For a greater detailed explanation, you may read over our Gas Fireplace and Stove Buying Guide
By Diane from MD on October 31, 2014
We are looking at the Napoleon IR3GN. We would like it to look like the first picture that comes up on the web page for the unit with the surround. The Napoleon Blower Kit for Models IR3 and XIR3 with Remote in the accessories section has a remote. Does it take the place of the original remote so we don't have to use two remotes? Does this have the porcelain reflective panels in the back?
By eFireplaceStore on October 31, 2014
Answer:The version of this unit in the main photo (bathroom with tub), is shown with the satin chrome plated contemporary front, while the version shown in the thumbnail photo that you attached has the matte black 1 piece front. Both are shown with the porcelain reflective panels installed. The unit itself will come with a modulating remote that can control the accessory blower. The blower will not come with a second remote, but will instead be wired to the primary remote control module that comes with the unit.