A beautiful fire can now 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. You can choose from styles that use a variety of fuel supplies. Propane, natural gas, and wood fuels are all represented below. Surround the fireplace with traditional masonry or make it sophisticated with sleek lines--the design choice is up to you.
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
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
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 Antoni from Maryland on October 16, 2013
Does a 3 sided fireplace have blowers to heat a room?
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
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 Rick from Trinity, texas on September 2, 2013
Is there a see through fireplace that can be used inside the house on an exterior wall and be safe and weather tight?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 3, 2013
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
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 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
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:
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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
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 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
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
Unfortunately, none of our direct vent see-thru models have ceramic glass - only tempered. We apologize for the inconvenience.
By Sandra from Carolina Beach, NC on June 3, 2015
I am looking for a see-thru fireplace that will be installed on a screened-in porch and I want it to be see-thru to the outside area. It will be fueled by propane and located about 6 block from the ocean in Carolina Beach, NC so it needs to be rust proof. What would you recommend?
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
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 Ken from St. Mentor, MN on January 10, 2015
Do you carry a wood burning, peninsula fireplace that has 3 glass sides? If so, is the glass tempered or ceramic?
By Kevin E. on January 11, 2015
Take a look at our Vantage Hearth 36" Peninsula fireplace. It does not include glass doors but a tempered glass door kit is available as an accessory.
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
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.
By Scott Pogrelis, D&B Signature Homes from St. Louis, MO on December 11, 2012
I am looking for the largest see-thru gas fireplace available in an indoor/outdoor application. I have seen these in the 32-inch size range but would like to find something closer to a 48- or 50-inch. Can you help me?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on December 11, 2012