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    See-Thru, Island, & Peninsula Fireplaces

    A beautiful fire can now be enjoyed from multiple rooms thanks to these innovative fireplace designs. Today's more open floor plans and spacious living rooms lend themselves to the installation of a non-traditional fireplace because many models don't require a bulky chimney installation. Small dividing walls or columns can double as the perfect enclosure for a see through gas fireplace, also helping to keep the open feel between rooms. Have a large room that seems to be lacking a point of interest or drama. The addition of a free standing fireplace against a long wall or an island fireplace in the room center can help to break up an otherwise rambling area, giving a warm aesthetic to the space and adding movement.
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    By Krystyna from Ontario on March 15, 2013
    I am interested in the Monessen Peninsula with Black Liners and Glass Kit. I was told that Monessen is not longer in business and that it was originally Majestic and I may have trouble getting parts. Can I get the model I'm interested in and what other parts will I need?
    By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 18, 2013

    Answer:
    Monessen fireplaces are still in business and own several other brands, including Majestic. The parent company of Monessen is Vermont Castings. As such, the Monessen and Majestic names are not used as much, but do still exist.

    I am assuming that you are interested in the Monessen Arlington model? That particular unit is able heat approximately 700 square feet in a vented application and can be vented directly through your outside brick wall, using Monessen brand or Simpson Duravent brand piping.

    By Irene from Black Mountain, NC on September 11, 2014
    I am being told by fireplace shops that an 8 inch chimney will return a lot of smoke back into the house. Is that true?
    By eFireplaceStore on September 11, 2014

    Answer:
    If the fireplace being installed requires a larger diameter chimney, this would be true. However, every manufactured fireplace has an opening that is sized appropriately to the diameter of the flue collar. Once a fireplace opening gets past a certain size, the diameter of the chimney must be increased to handle the volume of flue gases and dilution air that is being pulled from the room.

    By Dale Smith from Boulder, CO on January 3, 2017
    I'm looking for a see through fireplace for an exterior wall application (one side interior, one side exterior).
    By Brennan W. on January 3, 2017

    Answer:
    We do indeed have one that can utilize a window kit for interior/exterior use. It can be found by following the link below:

    Superior DRT63ST Signature Series 40" Top Vent See-Thru Fireplace - Electronic Ignition

    By Montie from Mill Valley, CA on February 3, 2016
    I have a Superior see through fireplace, model ST-3840-1, and one of the glass doors shattered. Do you have a replacement door and is it something I could install?
    By Brennan W. on February 3, 2016

    Answer:
    Unfortunately, after speaking with the manufacturer, it appears replacement doors are no longer available for your fireplace. I apologize for any inconvenience.

    By Antoni from Maryland on October 16, 2013
    Does a 3 sided fireplace have blowers to heat a room?
    By Chris on October 16, 2013

    Answer:
    The wood burning peninsula style fireplaces provide some heat to the space, but are not nearly as efficient as our Vail Premium Vent-Free Natural Gas Peninsula Fireplace or our Empire Tahoe Premium Direct Vent Natural Gas Peninsula Fireplace. Either the direct vent Tahoe, or the vent free Vail will provide substantial heat to the space.

    By Shirley from Nederland, TX on February 24, 2015
    Are vented propane fireplaces more efficient than ventless ones or is it the other way around?
    By eFireplaceStore on February 24, 2015

    Answer:
    Vent free fireplaces are almost perfectly efficient, due to the fact that they do not lose any heat to a venting system. However, they are best for use only in larger rooms, where air changeover diminishes the effects of residual moisture from combustion.

    By Johnny from Charlottesville, VA on October 15, 2016
    Is a see-through gas fireplace available where all four sides are view-able? Is there a gas fireplace 'open pit' style available? Also, is it possible to vent a gas fireplace through a floor system and horizontally to the outside of the home? How far can you go? Thank you,
    By eFireplaceStore on October 17, 2016

    Answer:
    The type of fireplace you are referring to is commonly known as an "island" model. We did carry this type at one time, but it has since been discontinued due to lack of interest. Some direct vent fireplaces do allow a power vent system that will allow the vent run to be routed downward and through a basement or crawlspace.

    By Rhonda from Beaufort, SC on October 31, 2016
    Do you have three-sided electric fireplaces?
    By Will M. on November 1, 2016

    Answer:
    We do not offer any three-sided electric fireplaces.

    By mike piccardo from Pennsylvania on November 20, 2012
    I'm trying to replace a ventless gas two-sided fireplace that's only 23.5" wide. I just started to look today. Am I going to have a problem finding one?
    By Magan B. on November 20, 2012

    Answer:
    Yes. The 36 inch width is the standard size for these see-thru vent free fireboxes. In fact, that is the only size we carry.

    By Karen Howard from Atwood, OK on December 23, 2016
    We are putting an addition onto our home and are considering a ventless see through propane (colored glass, not wood-burning) fireplace. Should we purchase the parts separately, i.e., firebox, burner and glass, or as a unit?
    By Will M. on December 23, 2016

    Answer:
    With glass, we would not have a complete system (fireplace) to offer with your preferred media. You would need to select a firebox along with a see-through ventless burner and any other additional options you may prefer to have this configuration. In sum, you would have to purchase the items separately. Please let us know if you need assistance with this.

    By Bill and Darlene Lister from Pomona, KS on January 13, 2017
    We are currently working with an architect to build a home with a see-thru fireplace, between great room and kitchen. We want a "counter height" cooking fireplace in the kitchen, and conventional floor level fireplace on the great room side. Can you please point us the right direction with specs covering inserts and venting. We are on a construction time-line to begin basement construction in March.
    By Brennan W. on January 13, 2017

    Answer:
    To clarify, are you looking for a see-through fireplace with a cooking surface?

    By Gabi on November 9, 2012
    Hi, I need a see-through , no ventilation fireplace, since I would like to install it in a house that has no preparation for fireplace. What can you recommend and what is everything that I need? Do I need logs and a burner?
    on November 9, 2012

    Answer:
    For a vent-free, see-thru type of installation, you will indeed need only the unit itself, along with a burner and log assembly. You can then finish either side of the unit with mantels and finishing materials of your choosing. Please view some of our products at the links below:

    See-Through 1

    This unit comes with the burner already installed. You will notice the photo is of a peninsula model; however, you will receive a see-thru version. The logs that must be purchased for this unit can be seen here:

    Log Set

    By Sue on November 9, 2012
    Is it possible to install one of your see-through fireplaces into an existing brick fireplace that has been built as a double-sided fireplace opening in the living room and the family room? I am just starting to inquire about the possibility of having our fireplace use gas heat in this way. Any help and suggestions would be helpful.
    on November 9, 2012

    Answer:
    While it is possible to install a manufactured fireplace in this way, it is certainly more challenging than a wood framed application. You must verify that the opening of your existing brick fireplace is slightly larger than the overall length and height of the manufactured unit and that the depth is fairly close to the depth of the manufactured model. Also, the existing clay flue will need to be large enough to accommodate the vent piping that the unit will utilize. Depending on the model you are interested in, this piping can be as large as 8" around. Lastly, you may need to have a custom surround manufactured to cover the gap between the metal firebox and the brick on both of the fireplace openings. To begin, I would measure the height, width, and depth of your existing fireplace and verify the size of your clay flue. This will determine if this type of retrofit can be done. I will be happy to assist you further, once you have these measurements.

    By Valerie on November 9, 2012
    I want to put a 2-sided fireplace in our basement. My question is between direct vent versus vent-free. 1. How does vent-free work? 2. Do they both put out the same amount of heat? 3. Is vent-free safe for use in our basement? 4. Overall, do you recommend one over the other?
    on November 9, 2012

    Answer:
    Vent-free fireplaces use clean-burning technology to be able to vent directly into the room and use room air for combustion. The amount of heat put out by either kind with depend on the particular manufacturer and model of the fireplace in question. Check the BTU ratings of any fireplace you are interested in; this will give you an idea of the amount of heat produced. Vent-free is safe in most basements, but you would need to check the owner's manual of any vent-free fireplace to be sure it is acceptable for that application. More often we recommend going the direct vent route, but vent-free is fine if you understand all of the caveats. For more information on the differences, and pros and cons of each, please see our Gas Fireplace & Stove Buying Guide.

    By Greg from Carson, WA on October 30, 2013
    I have an Osburn Bay Vista free standing fireplace made in August, 1994. I need a rocker switch (high low fan). Where can I buy one?
    By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 30, 2013

    Answer:
    Per the manufacturer, the original switch is no longer available. However, any 3 position rocker switch from an auto supply or electronic supply store will work in place of the original.

    By Chris from Missouri on September 17, 2013
    I need a 3 sided natural gas vent free fireplace. Do you have anything that would work?
    By Kevin E. - NFI Certified Specialist on September 17, 2013

    Answer:
    We may just the unit to fit your needs. It is our Vail Premium Peninsula.

    By Margot from Colorado Springs, CO on November 26, 2014
    I would like to put a fireplace in the wall between our sinks in the master bath so that it shows both from the bathroom and from the bedroom. It is just a normal dividing wall. I don't know anything about the venting. What would you suggest?
    By eFireplaceStore on November 26, 2014

    Answer:
    When installing a fireplace in a normal dividing wall that measures 4 to 6 inches wide, you would need to build out the wall in both directions to house the increased with of the fireplace. Most two sided fireplaces are approximately 24 inches wide, so the wall would need to be made large enough to accommodate that.

    By Vickie from Houston, TX on January 5, 2014
    I have a see through gas fireplace and want to convert it to a see through fireplace with blowers. do you have such a model?
    By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on January 6, 2014

    Answer:
    In this section, you will find some full see-through fireplace models that can indeed add an optional blower. However, we do not carry any see-through fireplace inserts that are designed to fit inside a pre-existing two-sided unit. We recommend looking at a few of our see-through models (wood or gas) and checking to see if the framing dimensions will fit inside your opening.

    By Mike from San Francisco Bay Area - East Bay on January 7, 2013
    Is the most common size 36 inches for three sided see-through natural gas fireplaces? Are there any suggested smaller brands? What brands and models would you recommend for quality and value for the buck? This would be for a counter top height between a bedroom and bath. What is the difference between direct vented B vent? Best manufacturers to consider?
    By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 7, 2013

    Answer:
    Yes, 36 inches is the standard size for see-thru and peninsula multi-view fireplaces. For gas fireplaces, we recommend any of the manufacturers we carry: Empire, Napoleon, Monessen, Majestic, FMI, or Vantage Hearth. The differences between direct vent and B-vent are listed and explained in the following article on our website:

    Gas Fireplace and Stove Buying Guide


    By Donna from Surprise, AZ on August 18, 2014
    I have an existing wood burning peninsula 3 sided fireplace and I am unable to convert to gas. Is there such a thing as an electric insert that could go into my existing pre-fab firebox?
    By eFireplaceStore on August 19, 2014

    Answer:
    While electric inserts do exist, I have yet to see one offered for a multi sided application such as yours. Every model that is available currently is made for a simple one sides application. The only other option I can suggest is using a bio fuel such as ethanol. An artificial see through log set could be used and a specialty burn tray could be placed beneath the set and filled with ethanol fuel. This would give the appearance of a realistic flame, without requiring gas service.

    By Curtis from Kirkland, WA on September 23, 2015
    I am working on a single family house in Kirkland, Washington and the owner would like to have a see-thru natural gas fireplace. He would like one side to be in the living room and the other outside. Is there a product that can address this situation?
    By Brennan W. on September 23, 2015

    Answer:
    We do indeed have such an option. For example, we carry the Superior 43" Linear Direct Vent Single-Sided Or See-Thru Fireplace - Natural Gas - DRL4543TEN. There are two kits available for it under the unit's "Popular Accessories" section, one to allow the unit to act as a see-through fireplace, and one that allows for the other side to be outdoors.

    By Jesse from Georgetown, KY on October 8, 2014
    I have a large existing see through wood burning fireplace in my basement manufactured by Majestic. We are trying to determine if a see through direct vent gas fireplace exists. The local guys say that it does not. If not, and with us not having a masonry chimney but only two walled chimney pipe, would it be possible to remove our old firebox and insert a see through direct vent into the old opening?
    By eFireplaceStore on October 8, 2014

    Answer:
    Your local dealer is correct that a see through direct vent gas fireplace insert does not currently exist. However, it is possible to retrofit a direct vent see through gas fireplace into the space. The current unit would have to be removed first. In order to avoid compromising the stone around the unit, you may want to disassemble as much of the existing unit as possible, then cut the chassis to remove it. Of course, this will all depend on an appropriate direct vent fireplace being available to replace the current unit.

    By Steve from Atlanta on October 27, 2012
    I'm looking for a direct vent, see-thru, 36" gas fireplace with ceramic glass and hopefully a circulation fan. I need recommendations.
    By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on October 29, 2012

    Answer:
    Unfortunately, none of our direct vent see-thru models have ceramic glass - only tempered. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    By Phil Liebo from Sevierville, TN on January 2, 2017
    I need a see-through gas fireplace for an indoor/outdoor application. I am looking for one that vents to the outside without need for direct vent (vents through exterior louvers).
    By Owen on January 2, 2017

    Answer:
    You can view a list of see-thru gas units HERE.

    By David Addington from San Francisco on December 19, 2016
    I am looking for natural gas insert for my fireplace. The brass on top is 51" long X 14" on the return. 20.5" deep. 24" from tile to brass. 4" drop from tile to floor. 2" above brass. The Interior Corner is about 8" X 8"
    I am looking for modern insert / stainless or such/ glass rocks not logs.
    By Will M. on December 20, 2016

    Answer:
    While there will be no fireplace inserts made for see-through or peninsula fireplaces, we do have a selection of vented gas burners that will work. Please view our selection Contemporary Fireplace Burners and Heaters and please also be sure to select "vented" as ventless gas hearth systemsa are not allowed in California.

    By Joanie from Chicago, IL on January 16, 2017
    I am looking for an interior/exterior fireplace, preferably electric in a small size. Currently building a lavish "Tiny House" and would like to build in a fireplace. Do you have anything to fit my description?









    By Brennan W. on January 17, 2017

    Answer:
    Unfortunately, I do not carry an interior/exterior electric fireplace.

    By Clint Curry from Littleton, Colorado on February 16, 2013
    Do you have other styles (4-sided views) of the Napoleon BGNV40 Multi-View unit? Also, please explain the difference between natural vent and direct-vent designs.
    By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 18, 2013

    Answer:
    This unit is available in several different versions, including an island (4-sided), peninsula, left and right corner, and thru.

    Natural vent, also known as B-vent, is a type of fireplace that vents its exhaust to the outdoors but draws combustion air from the room. The units are excellent for ambiance and immediate radiant heat, but nothing more. Direct vent fireplaces are completely sealed, drawing their combustion air from the outdoors. Many of them are heater rated and can be used as a genuine source of supplemental heating, especially in a power outage.

    By Al from Zephry Cove, NV on May 5, 2015
    Can I install one of these see-thru fireplaces next to a bath tub?
    By eFireplaceStore on May 6, 2015

    Answer:
    There is not a national code against using a see through gas fireplace near a bathtub or a bathroom in general. However, I do recommend checking with your local code agency, as the local code authority will have final say on the matter.



    Unlike a traditional brick fireplace structure, today’s modern prefabricated fireplaces offer greater installation versatility. Gone are the days when a large and centrally supported brick chimney is necessary. Our see through and peninsula gas fireplaces are able to be installed in a variety of applications, with only a relatively small vent pipe being needed to complete the installation. In many cases, direct vent gas versions of these products are also available, making the installation possibilities nearly endless.
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