By Shirley from Newport Beach, CA on October 25, 2014
Is there a way to vent out of the wall instead of the roof? My homeowners association will not allow me to go through the roof. Also, can I run a gas line for gas logs if I wanted to?
By eFireplaceStore on October 27, 2014
Answer:Unfortunately, wood burning fireplaces do not have the option to be horizontally vented, due to the potential drafting and creosote issues that can result. A direct vent gas fireplace would be your best option, as they can be terminated horizontally on an outside wall with a small 12 inch by 12 inch vent cap.
By Barbara from MO on January 25, 2017
What are the measurements of each panel inside the firebox of the WCT2036WS?
By Will M. on January 26, 2017
Unfortunately, only the manufacturer has access to this information and they typically do not provide this information to consumers or dealers for various reasons. However, the approximate size may be determined using the information provided on page 4 of this installation manual
By Danny from Tracy, CA on December 9, 2016
I have a 32 year old Marco DWF-36G0 prefab fire place with a red brick facade and hearth. Can I do a direct replacement with this 36" fireplace? Also, I want to remove the old fireplace through the outside chase (stucco) as I do not want to remove any inside brick. Is this possible?
By Brennan W. on December 9, 2016
By Bren from CT on September 9, 2015
Can this Superior 36" WCT Builder series circulating wood burning fireplace be used as an outdoor fireplace?
By Brennan W. on September 9, 2015
By David from Jacksonville, FL on December 2, 2014
I currently have a DESA B36 wood burning fireplace installed now. Will this work with the existing tin flue that is installed? Since these units are very similar I was hoping you could cross reference to see if the existing tin flue components can remain.
By eFireplaceStore on December 2, 2014
Answer:This unit and the DESA model you currently have are exactly the same. DESA declared bankruptcy several years ago and was reorganized under the FMI brand name. Recently FMI merged with Lennox Hearth to form Superior. Through these mergers and reorganizations, the B36 has changed designations, but has stayed the same in every other way. The 8DM chimney system is still used.
By Joe from American Canyon, CA on June 5, 2016
I want to replace my current Superior RD-4300 fireplace box, with something more efficient. I see the Superior circulating model you have here, I"m also wondering if you have a free-standing stove with a horizontal exhaust that I could vent into the existing fireplace flue? What are your thoughts? What are my options to make a more efficient wood burning fireplace? My current unit does not have any circulating fans.
By eFireplaceStore on June 6, 2016
Because open faced wood burning fireplaces are very low efficiency, a better option would be to use a wood burning stove or built in stove. Unfortunately, rear venting stoves are becoming rare, due to the EPA guidelines that basically necessitate a top venting configuration. A good option is to replace the existing unit with a built in stove, such as the Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace
. This built in model is essentially a stove encased in a fireplace chassis and has been a very popular unit for us. The high efficiency of the unit allows it to heat 2,000 square feet of area without a problem.
By Robbie from Norwich, OH on January 26, 2017
Does the blower come with either this or the 42" firebox?
By Will M. on January 26, 2017
Answer:Like most all zero clearance wood burning fireplaces, the blower is optional and would not arrive with the fireplace. The blower options are found under "Popular Accessories for this Item" on each corresponding product page for this and the 42" version.
By Tina from Nashville, TN on October 26, 2015
Does this Superior 36 inch WCT Builder Series circulating wood burning fireplace have an ash dump in the bottom or do the ashes have to come out of the front?
By Will M. on October 26, 2015
Answer:This fireplace does not have an ash dump.
By Robert from Boston, MA on March 9, 2016
Are there any CAD details available?
By Brennan W. on March 9, 2016
Answer:There are no CAD details available for this unit. All dimensions and diagrams available can be found in the product manual on the unit's page.
By Mike from Latrobe, PA on December 20, 2016
Will this unit replace an existing vented propane fireplace, using the same chimney set up?
By Will M. on December 20, 2016
Answer:The fireplace in question is wood burning and all fireplaces of this type use chimney that will be specific to that particular manufacturer and fireplace. If the model you are replacing was also a wood burning fireplace with a gas log set installed, the only way the existing chimney could be used would be if the existing fireplace was an FMI/Desa/Vantage Hearth fireplace which also used the same FMI/Superior 8" inner 12 3/8" outer diameter chimney.
By Steve from Idyllwild, CA on May 20, 2016
Is a screen included with the fireplace?
By Tyler M. on May 20, 2016
Answer:Yes, there is a black mesh curtain screen included with this fireplace.
By Ward from Wichita Fall, TX on February 15, 2015
I am building a log cabin and would like to use this inset. My plans have the fireplace located on an exterior wall with the chimney outside. Is this a suitable insert for this type of install? Also, I see from some of the reviews, the "ruff" opening dimensions are not exact. Do you have the exact measurements available?
By eFireplaceStore on February 16, 2015
Answer:This unit will indeed be suitable for installation into an exterior wall chimney enclosure. To elaborate further, the rough opening dimensions are as follows:
Height - 38.625 inches tall
Width - 38.25 inches wide
Depth - 22 inches deep
By Brian from Dayton, OH on August 10, 2015
Can this Superior WCT2036WS fireplace be installed into a house that is already built? I don't have a chimney so I would have to cut out through the side wall and build one.
By Kevin E. on August 11, 2015
Answer:Yes, absolutely. This unit can easily be framed into an existing wall. For ease of installation, it would be wise to simply build a "bump out" on the exterior of the home to house the fireplace and then a chase to house the chimney components.
By Greg from Colorado Springs, CO on March 10, 2016
What are the clearance requirements to combustibles on the sides from the opening of the burn chamber on a wood burning fireplace?
By Will M. on March 10, 2016
Answer:This will vary model to model, but the fireplace in question requires 12" of clearance from a perpendicular side wall.
By Ken from Jacksonville, FL on December 25, 2014
What is the weight of the firebox? Can 1 man install this fireplace by himself? Does the firebox have a built in damper?
By eFireplaceStore on December 26, 2014
Answer:This unit weighs in at approximately 150 pounds. It is definitely light enough for 1 person to install with the help of a hand truck or dolly of some kind. The unit does indeed have an integral damper and control that allows you to seal the chimney when not in use.
By Randall from Paris, TX on February 28, 2016
I would like to install this in my shop. Is it possible to run the flue pipe up and then 90 degree to go out the side and then 90 up on the outside of the building? I would rather run it out the side instead of the roof. Would that be ok?
By Will M. on March 1, 2016
As is the case with all prefabricated wood fireplaces, only 30 degree offset elbows are available. In addition, all wood fireplaces of this type will not provide efficient heat as they rely on natural draft. Fireplaces like this are meant primarily for aesthetics and use air from inside the building envelope for combustion and exhaust almost all of the heated air up the chimney. Subsequently, the setup you describe would not only fail to provide any efficient heat, you would likely not be able to build or maintain a fire as the structure would create a better draft than a cold chimney with this many restrictive offsets.
My recommendation would be to consider a wood or gas Stove
, so long as the shop you have is not actually a garage (solid fuel hearth systems cannot be installed in a garage). Direct vent gas and wood stoves can be configured with the venting setup you describe.
By Chuck from Statesboro, GA on July 17, 2016
if I wanted to put in a corner how far would this come out the corner on each side. its a 90 degree corner?
By eFireplaceStore on July 18, 2016
Answer:When measuring out along each wall from the 90 degree corner behind the fireplace, the distance from that 90 degree corner to the point where the fireplace wall meets the existing walls will be 47 3/8 inches.
By Robert from San Antonio, TX on November 27, 2015
Does this fireplace require a Flu (Z-shaped air path that prevents the smoke from coming into the house) or is it already built in into the unit?
By Will M. on November 27, 2015
Answer:I am not aware of the part you are referring to, but fireplaces of this type will not include a mechanism to prevent downdraft. I think you may be referring to a spill switch, which is commonly used on natural draft gas hearth or B-vent appliances to prevent the spillage of harmful gases into the home in the event of a downdraft, but there is no similar product used in the manufacturing of wood burning, open hearth fireplaces.
An interior chimney location with a straight vertical run without offsets, combined with an installation that follows both the manufacturer's requirements and national code for minimum chimney height, in addition to proper wood burning practices, will eliminate common causes of downdraft. Even in this scenario, spillage can occur from crosswinds and other environmental conditions that cannot be controlled. However, I have yet to have any customers complain of spillage when the above steps have been followed.
By Brian from Chillicothe, OH on December 28, 2015
Can this Superior 36" WCT Builder series circulating wood burning fireplace be used for non-vented gas logs? If not, could you suggest the correct item? It is for a basement install and I do not plan on trying to run a vent all the way through the house and out the roof.
By Will M. on December 29, 2015
For installing ventless logs where there is not currently an existing masonry or prefabricated wood burning fireplace, a Fireplace Firebox
may be used. The product in question would have to be installed as a fully-functional wood burning fireplace if gas logs are to be used.
By Jayson from Great Falls, MT on June 26, 2016
I'm building a small 600 square foot cabin with a Gambrel roof. Would this be able to heat the space with the blower fan and external combustion air inlet? Also, what ventilation options do I have for the Gambrel roof. Roof pitch is a 22.5 degree angle then a 45 degree.
By eFireplaceStore on June 27, 2016
Open wood burning fireplaces such as this model only work well for immediate zone heating. Because they pull dilution air from the home, they are actually not very efficient as a sole heating system. I recommend considering a free standing stove or a closed combustion wood burning fireplace, such as the Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace
. This unit essentially works as a built in stove, pulling very little combustion air from the room and burning its fuel load very slowly. The amount of chimney above the roof will depend on where the chimney exists in relation to the change in slope.
By Kay from Amarillo, TX on September 27, 2016
Is there a fan blower with a thermostat to go with this fireplace?
By Brennan W. on September 27, 2016
Answer:While there is a blower available for this unit under the popular accessories area, it will not have a thermostat.
By Julie from FL on September 26, 2015
Does this Superior 36 inch WCT Builder Series circulating wood burning fireplace come with a damper mechanism in the top?
By Brennan W. on September 28, 2015
Answer:Yes, this unit does indeed come with a built in damper.
By Richard Paulmann from Crestwood, KY on November 30, 2016
What is the BTU output. This does have blower and heats the house?
By Diane from Bordentown, NJ on October 6, 2016
I'm looking to replace a wood burning stove. Is this unit the right choice? This would be a home my son is considering buying and he would prefer a wood burning fireplace over a wood burning stove. Thank you.
By Chris C. on October 6, 2016
Answer:The installation of a wood burning fireplace in place of the wood stove would indeed be a possibility. However, a fireplace, such as this one, is normally installed into a framed chase, with the chimney system having to run up and out above the roof line. Free standing stoves like the one in the photograph may have venting running horizontally to pass through an exterior wall prior to traveling vertically again, but open faced wood burning fireplaces may only have a maximum of a 30° offset to by-pass joists, or other structural members, that may impede the chimney running up and out through the roof.
By Brian from Marietta, OH on February 19, 2016
As far as the hearth extension goes, it says it needs to clear the opening of fireplace by 8" on each side. All the hearth extensions I can find are 48" wide and I need 52". Do you know of where I can find a hearth extension in that size for this unit, and do you have to use a hearth extension or can you not just tile the front of the fireplace with cement board under tile?
By eFireplaceStore on February 22, 2016
Answer:While we do not have a hearth extension that measures the 52 inch width required, you can indeed create the hearth by using tile, stone, brick, or any other noncombustible veneer over a cement or mineral board backer.
By Chad from Topeka, KS on February 3, 2016
Can a gas line be installed into this Superior fireplace for wood lighting?
By Will M. on February 4, 2016
Answer:You may absolutely use a gas log lighter with this fireplace.
By Greg Kemp from Germantown, MD on January 19, 2017
We were considering using this fireplace in a cabin we are building. What is the side-clearance requirement? This fireplace will be installed on the gable end of the house between sliding doors with wood trim. The cabin is only 20 feet wide and I want to be sure we have room for 2 sets of 6-foot sliding doors (with wood trim) and this fireplace in the middle with the necessary side clearances.
By Brennan W. on January 19, 2017
Full clearances can be found on page 5 of the product manual linked here
By Brian from Kansas City, MO on January 8, 2016
I am replacing an older model Superior 36" with this Superior 36" WCT Builder series circulating wood burning fireplace. My existing flue piping is 8" inner with a 10" outer pipe. Is there any reason I can't just re-use that?
By Will M. on January 8, 2016
Answer:You would not be able to use the existing chimney as this particular fireplace uses 8" inner/12 3/8" outer diameter chimney and this is the only chimney that may be used.
By DW from Dublin, OH on November 20, 2016
What is the BTU or coverage area of this unit?
By Christal from Albany, LA on November 23, 2015
How many square feet can this Superior 36" WCT Builder series circulating wood burning fireplace heat?
By eFireplaceStore on November 24, 2015
This fireplace is not recommended as a heating appliance. Open faced fireplaces pull a large amount of dilution air from the room during their operation. As such, they are intended for localized radiant heat only and for ambiance. A closed combustion fireplace will be a better choice for heating, such as the Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace
By Sammy from Loganville, GA on December 7, 2015
Can gas logs be installed in this Superior 36" WCT Builder series circulating wood burning fireplace?
By Tyler M. on December 7, 2015
By Kit from Franklin, TN on April 5, 2017
I have a rough opening of 38 1/4 inches. If I'm reading this correctly, this item will fit in that rough opening. Is that true? Thank you.
By Will M. on April 5, 2017
If you have framing dimensions of at least 38 1/4" W x 38-5/8" H x 22" D, this model will indeed fit into your existing framing. For more detailed instructions, please view page 5 of this installation manual
By Randolph from Reno Nv on March 13, 2016
Is this EPA approved for Reno?
By Will M. on March 14, 2016
While we do not have a database that keeps up with local and statewide code approvals as this varies widely and is constantly changing, this is not an EPA approved fireplace. We offer several models that are in our EPA Certified Zero Clearance Fireplaces
By Andrew from NY on September 29, 2016
I'm looking to build an outdoor fireplace off of my back porch/patio. I intend to pour a concrete pad for whatever I end up using. So is this useful item for what I intend to do to build around?
By Brennan W. on September 29, 2016
Answer:This unit is not approved for use in an outdoor setting.
By Perry Stringfellow from Cypress, Texas on January 31, 2017
I would like to buy a 107001-01 Wood Burning Grate. Could you provide specific information on this item.
By Will M. on January 31, 2017
Answer:This product is in stock and may be ordered at a cost of $85.66 with shipping included. To order this item, please call in and reference part number J4002.
By Karen from St Clair, MO on January 15, 2016
I am putting this fireplace in a small house that we remodeled a few years ago. When we did it, we left an opening in the wall and framed out and enclosed a chimney. It's about 16 feet high on the exterior of the house with roughly 2 feet of it below the floor level. It has a flat roof. How many feet of venting do I need?
By Will M. on January 15, 2016
Answer:You will need 12" of chimney after the fireplace is installed at floor level in order for the chimney to extend the required 6" over the top of the structure and to establish the minimum chimney height for the fireplace of 14.5', measured from the base of the fireplace.
By Jack from Long Island, NY on April 26, 2015
Where can I find a smooth face version of this Superior 36" WCT builder series wood burning fireplace?
By Brennan W. on April 27, 2015
The smooth faced version of this unit can be seen by clicking here
By Neal Hummitsch from Chicago, IL on January 5, 2017
I'm looking for glass doors for this unit. I would prefer something that has a tight seal and comes with install directions.
By Brennan W. on January 5, 2017
By Pegge from Quail Valley, California on January 5, 2017
We have a fireplace and we are planning to use it to save money on our electric bill. What kind do we look into. Our house is solely wired for electricity.
By Brennan W. on January 5, 2017
By John from AZ on February 21, 2017
Do you also have building plans?
By Will M. on February 21, 2017
By Donald from Chas, SC on September 12, 2015
Are these Superior 36" WCT Builder series circulating wood burning fireplaces approved for installation in double wide homes?
By eFireplaceStore on September 14, 2015
Answer:This unit can indeed be utilized in a mobile home. In order to do so, the firebox must be anchored and grounded. It must also be equipped with an outside air combustion kit.
By Joe from California on January 5, 2017
Do you sell a fireplace with a larger opening?
By Brennan W. on January 6, 2017
We do indeed. A 42" version of this unit can be found here
By Susan from Orange, TX on August 27, 2015
What si the depth of the firebox of this Superior 36 inch WCT Builder series wood burning fireplace? Also, can glass doors be used on this unit?
By Will M. on August 27, 2015
Answer:The overall depth of the firebox is 21.125" and the inside opening depth is 14.438". The optional doors can be viewed under the heading "Popular Accessories for this Item" on the product page in question.
By Jack from Long Island, NY on February 1, 2015
I am looking for a 36" wood burning fireplace that I can cover the metal facing with stone. What would you suggest?
By eFireplaceStore on February 2, 2015
By Randy from Bedford, PA on November 10, 2015
What is the warranty on this Superior 36" WCT Builder series circulating wood burning fireplace?
By Will M. on November 10, 2015
By Mike from Dequincy, LA on November 6, 2015
I have the Superior WCT2-036WS in my house. Can a blower be added?
By Will M. on November 6, 2015
By Scott from Atlanta, GA on October 27, 2015
We are building a screened porch on our home in Atlanta and it would be very protected from the elements. Is there a special kind of fireplace for this application or can any of these wood burning units, such as this Superior 36 inch WCT Builder Series circulating wood burning fireplace, be used?
By Brennan W. on October 28, 2015
Answer:While being protected from the elements will certainly help with the life of a fireplace, unfortunately indoor units are not made of stainless steel and can rust in high humidity. We would suggest using an outdoor wood burning unit in such a setting.
By Nan from MA on November 10, 2015
What are the actual and the framing dimensions of this Superior 36" WCT Builder series circulating wood burning fireplace? Can the black front of this fireplace be detached?
By Will M. on November 10, 2015
The front face weldment cannot be removed and the framing dimensions are 38" W x 37-5/8" H x 22" D. The dimensions of the fireplace are shown on page 4 of this installation manual.
By Brenda from Powhatan, VA on October 24, 2016
How do you remove the old unit? Do you have to remove some of the mantle?
By Will M. on October 25, 2016
Answer:You will likely have to remove some of the tile or stone finishing materials to access the framed cavity for the existing fireplace for removal.
By Marie from Harwich, MA on November 29, 2015
I am about to order this Superior 36" WCT Builder series circulating wood burning fireplace. Do I need to order the outside air kit? I am ordering the blower kit, and wasn't sure if that made the outside air kit unnecessary.
By eFireplaceStore on November 30, 2015
Answer:The blower kit and outside air kit are not directly related. The blower is designed to recirculate room air for convection purposes, while the outside air kit is designed to provide a dedicated source of combustion air for the fire. It is recommended to install such a kit, as it improves thermal efficiency of the fireplace and lowers the amount of cold make up air that is pulled into the home to replace the air the fireplace is pulling out.
By David from Westerville ,OH on February 5, 2016
I was told that the EPA bannedd open-burn fireplaces. Is this fireplace ok to have in the US?
By eFireplaceStore on February 8, 2016
Answer:The EPA is indeed in the process of implementing stricter emissions guidelines, known as Tier III emissions standards. However, the use of open-faced fireplaces is still being permitted by many local authorities. It will always be best to check with your local code office to confirm such a unit can be used.
By James from Holyoke, MA on May 29, 2016
Could you explain circulating vs the need to add a fan?
By Will M. on May 31, 2016
Answer:With circulating fireplaces, you have the ability to add a blower. Subsequently, there is no difference between the two.
By William from Crown Point, NY on November 6, 2015
I have a HCE-4050 unit that might need replacing. It was installed 11/22/96. If we need to replace it, what model would be best? Would this Superior 36" WCT Builder series circulating wood burning fireplace work for our home?
By Chris C. on November 6, 2015
The Superior WCT2036 would be a low cost replacement to fit within the existing framing. However, due to the age of the existing fireplace, the chimney system used would not be cross compatible to the models available today. If you were able to modify the framing to accommodate a slightly larger model fireplace, I would suggest the Pro Series by Superior, such as the Superior WRT3036
By Luther from Kirbyville, TX on February 10, 2015
What type of insulation must be installed between this firebox and the wood framing? Also, what other items do I need to install this fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on February 11, 2015
Answer:No insulation will be needed between the fireplace chassis and the combustible framing around it. You will need to ensure that the opening is framed to meet the requirements outlined in the owners manual. If the unit is against an outside wall, the wall itself can be insulated. Staples or metal strapping should be used to keep the insulation in place in order to guarantee that it does not come loose and fall on the unit.
In addition to the unit, venting must be purchased to complete the installation.
By Charlie Witty from Lebanon, Illinois on December 2, 2016
Am I correct in assuming these fireplaces can be placed directly within an existing brick fireplace, provided it fits, and of course, adding the 8" insert going vertically up the chimney?
By Brennan W. on December 2, 2016
Answer:You could indeed install this unit in that way.
By Bernie from Greenville, PA on February 23, 2017
Has anyone ever installed this unit outside? My idea is to frame it in just like I did when I installed a unit over 20 years ago. I would cover up the front during winter months. Do you have suggestions?
By Will M. on February 24, 2017
This, and other models offered in the "fireplace" category on our site, may not be installed outdoors. We offer a full line of fireplaces that may be installed outdoors here
By Nick from Atlanta, GA on May 29, 2015
Would the Superior 36" WCT Builder Series Insert fit a fireplace opening that is 38.5 W x 28.5 H x 22.5 D?
By Will M. on June 1, 2015
This will not fit as the framing height required for this model is 37 5/8", however, this is not an "insert" and is meant to be framed in to an enclosure with combustible framing members and finishing materials. If you are looking for a true "insert" that is intended to be installed in to a stone or brick masonry fireplace and chimney, please view our selection of fireplace inserts.
By Jo from Wagener, SC on January 22, 2016
I live in an older home, roughly 100 years old, and my chimney went between two rooms so that the fireplace was open on both sides but it is bricked up on one side. Can this Superior 36" WCT Builder series circulating wood burning fireplace be inserted in an existing fireplace and chimney? I know that the chimney would need to be relined since it's so old.
By Brennan W. on January 22, 2016
Answer:This unit could indeed be installed in such a way, provided the opening allows for the framing requirements listed in the product manual (which can be found on the unit's page).
By Rebecca from Stroudsburg, PA on September 21, 2016
What is the maximum temperature that this unit can handle?
By eFireplaceStore on September 21, 2016
Answer:The unit and chimney are both listed as a system and rated to handle 1,700 degrees intermittent with the standard 8DM chimney and 2,100 degrees intermittent with the 8HT chimney system.
By Carl from Denver, CO on February 11, 2015
Can this fireplace be used outdoors?
By Brennan W. on February 11, 2015
Answer:Unfortunately, this unit is not approved for outdoor use. We apologize for the inconvenience.
By Brent from Lubbock, Texas on November 22, 2016
I would like to put glass doors on this unit. Can the doors be left closed when burning a fire, despite that I installed the outside air vent.
By Carl from Denver, CO on February 11, 2015
Can I add a gas log set to this fireplace?
By Brennan W. on February 11, 2015
Answer:This unit is indeed able to have a gas log set installed within it. It has knock outs on both the right and left side that will allow for running a gas line inside.
By Kay from La Mesa, CA on April 30, 2015
Does this Superior WCT 36" circulating fireplace have a damper? Is it manually operated? Is the air intake completely closable?
By Brennan W. on April 30, 2015
Answer:This unit does indeed have a built in manual damper. The combustion air kit, however, cannot be closed.
By Steve from AL on April 10, 2017
Is it possible to use clay flue liners for the flue?
By Will M. on April 11, 2017
Answer:You may only use the tested and listed IHP/Superior 8DM chimney system with this fireplace. If your existing flue tile also has an 8" round inner dimension, you may be able to have this installation approved by your local code office, as the local authority having jurisdiction will always have the final say. Of course, this will not account for exactly how the transition will be made from the top of the fireplace to the lowermost terracotta flue tile. Also, installations of this type are typically not successful as most customers will not have a masonry fireplace opening large enough to account for the framing dimensions of the fireplace and, if the fireplace were indeed this large, the chimney inner diameter should then be much larger than 8".
By Doug from Flemington, NJ on September 7, 2014
I am redoing a house that has a superior fireplace. How can I tell what model it is? I need the spec's on the installation of it. I moved it from the original position and the town building inspector wants to see the installation spec's. Can you help me?
By eFireplaceStore on September 8, 2014
Answer:The unit should have a build tag or plate the will indicate a model number for the fireplace. This tag is usually located in the bottom of the unit, beneath the firebox floor. Another common location is inside the firebox itself, on the upper left or right side of the opening.
By Kay from La Mesa, CA on April 30, 2015
Would this Superior 36" WCT circulating fireplace accept other fan brands? Also, is it necessary to buy your vent systems in order to use this fireplace?
By Brennan W. on April 30, 2015
Answer:The two blowers listed under the "Accessories" tab are the only two compatible blowers for this unit. The triple fan blower will be the quieter blower, though it operates at a lower speed than the squirrel cage blower. The 8DM vent pipe listed under the "Venting Components" tab is indeed the only vent pipe approved and compatible with this unit.
By Ardis from Longview, TX on February 2, 2015
Can doors be used on this fireplace?
By Tyler M. on February 2, 2015
Answer:Yes, this fireplace offers three optional bi-fold glass door assemblies - these include black, brushed brass and platinum trim. You can see these items in the "Accessories" tab on this fireplace's item page.
By Ray from Texas City, TX on December 9, 2015
Can this Superior 36" WCT Builder series circulating wood burning fireplace be installed into a wood frame?
By Tyler M. on December 9, 2015
Yes, this fireplace can be installed in a framed wooden enclosure. Please see pages 5-6 of the owner's manual
for detailed information.
By Kay from La Mesa, CA on May 1, 2015
Are there 45 degree elbow chimney pieces for this Superior 36" WCT builder series fireplace?
By Brennan W. on May 1, 2015
Answer:This unit can not use any elbows with an angle over 30 degrees.
By Thomas from Thousand Oaks, CA on July 7, 2016
I was wondering if this fireplace has an ICC report number as the plan checker is asking for one. Can you help me?
By Chris C. on July 8, 2016
Answer:The manufacturer, Superior does not have ICC numbers for their fireplaces, but they were able to provide me with the PFS Coroporation number. PFS was the 3rd party testing agency for this fireplace, and the report number is F09-171.
By Mary from Dallas, TX on January 30, 2016
I want to build a fireplace on my outdoor patio. Can this Superior 36" WCT Builder series circulating wood burning fireplace be used for that?
By Brennan W. on February 1, 2016
By Bill from Cincinnati, OH on November 7, 2015
How does the Superior 2000 series differ from the Superior 3000 series? Are they both zero clearance? Do they both have blower accessories? What is the flue size on each? Does each have knock outs for gas logs?
By eFireplaceStore on November 9, 2015
Answer:The 2000 and 3000 series fireplaces are very similar in features. Both use the same 8DM chimney system, have gas line knockouts, are zero clearance to a wood floor, and have circulating versions that can utilize a fan. The difference is that the 3000 series box has a taller and deeper opening, allowing for more viewing area and larger fires.
By Matt from firstname.lastname@example.org on November 22, 2016
I currently have this fireplace, what gas logs will work with this?
By April from Roanoke, VA on February 20, 2015
There used to be a wood burning stove in the house that we just purchase but it's gone now. However, there is a chimney that leads to a hole in my wall. Can I attach this fireplace to that chimney?
By eFireplaceStore on February 20, 2015
Answer:Unfortunately, no. This system requires the use of a specific air cooled chimney system, which can only be vented vertically. I'm afraid the current setup would only be usable with another wood stove.
By Bruce from KY on October 10, 2015
Do the blowers and doors come with this Superior 36 inch WCT Builder Series circulating wood burning fireplace or do I purchase them separately?
By eFireplaceStore on October 12, 2015
By Paul from Warwick, NY on August 29, 2016
I currently have a Superior BR-36-2, will this fireplace WCT2036WS be an exact replacement?
By Chris C. on August 29, 2016
Answer:This model is a very close match to the older BR-36-2 series fireplaces in size. However, the BR-36-2 fireplaces utilized the FTF8 chimney components, whereas the WCT2036WS now uses the 8DM chimney components. If you were to install the WCT2036, the chimney system would also need to be replaced at the same time.
By Judith from Frankfort, KY on October 15, 2015
Do you have the materials necessary to install this Superior 36" WCT BUilder series circulating wood burning fireplace in a two story house?
By Chris C. on October 15, 2015
We do indeed carry the necessary venting components to safely and effectively vent the fireplace into a two story home. Please visit our Chimney Pipe Design and Quote Form
to receive a complete quote for the necessary chimney components.
By Luke from Lincoln, NE on December 13, 2016
I wanted to confirm that this is a wood burning unit. Is there any way I could draw combustion air from outside? I don't want this unit to heat the room. I installed it in, but it seems to suck the warm air out of the rest of the house.
By Will M. on December 13, 2016
This is indeed a wood burning fireplace, however, all open-hearth style wood fireplaces like this model rely heavily on oxygen from the home to establish and maintain combustion. While a barometric damper that will automatically pull in air from the outdoors once the available oxygen in the home is depleted, this is simply used to prevent a smoldering fire and smoke spillage. If you are looking for a wood burning fireplace that will not rely so much on oxygen from the home, I suggest looking into purchasing one of the EPA Certified Zero Clearance Fireplaces
we offer as they are essentially wood stoves that may be framed in much like the original product in question. With an optional outside air kit installed, most all of these models will have a gasketed door and air controls to limit the amount of air being used from the home for combustion.
By Kevin from Louisville, KY on June 19, 2015
Can this Superior 36" WCT builder series fireplace be installed into an existing brick fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on June 22, 2015
Answer:This unit is designed to be installed into a framed wall opening, rather than inserted into an existing masonry fireplace. The unit requires the use of a double wall, rigid Class A chimney system. This type of system is not easily routed up an existing masonry chimney without extensive modification.
By Dave from Jacksonville, FL on January 5, 2015
How do I install the blower kit into my fireplace? I see that there is an access panel and that I need to remove part of the fireplace bottom to get to it. Where do I mount the rheostat?
By Tyler M. on January 6, 2015
Yes, the access panel will be removed for blower installation. Please see the installation instructions for the blower below, the rheostat knob will replace the knockout plug on the lower louver assembly as shown on page 2:
By Mark from Sudbury, MA on December 17, 2015
Does this Superior 36" WCT Builder series circulating wood burning fireplace use a single 8 inch vent or is it a concentric pipe with the smoke in the inner and cooling air in the outer?
By Chris C. on December 17, 2015
Answer:This fireplace is only tested and listed for use with the FMI/Superior line of 8DM chimney which is a concentric system consisting of a stainless steel 8" inner wall to carry the combustion by-products, and a 12 3/8" galvanized outer wall. There is an air space between the two walls to allow for air to flow between the two walls allowing clearances to be reduced to a 2" minimum.
By James from Phoenix, AZ on January 24, 2017
Is this a Phase 2, EPA certified fireplace?
By Tyler M. on January 24, 2017
Answer:No, this is an open-faced, decorative wood-burning fireplace that does not meet EPA standards.
By Charlie Witty from Lebanon, Illinois on December 3, 2016
I was wondering if you have something similar that fits into a brick firebox where the opening is 35 1/2 inches wide, 30 1/2 inches tall and 17 3/4 inches deep? There are no slanted side walls so the opening is a basic box shape.
By eFireplaceStore on December 5, 2016
Answer:I'm afraid that we do not carry an open faced fireplace that is designed to install into a masonry opening. All models of inserts we carry are enclosed and function like a wood stove.
By Jerry Miller from Crystal River, Florida on January 9, 2017
I have a Superior wood burning fireplace. I bought the house with this fireplace in place. I do not know which model it is; either a Superior 36 or Superior 42. Where do I take the measurement to be sure (front---side to side, or back side to side)? I have a smoke problem rolling out of the fireplace, I've tried opening a door next to the fireplace to provide more air flow. I believe the height is too low and I need to extend the existing flue pipe . Please provide information on an additional section of flue pipe cost and dimensions and will an extension accept the top screen section.
By Will M. on January 10, 2017
Answer:Extending the chimney is indeed the best potential solution to this issue. In order to locate the correct chimney, we will need to confirm the model number and make of the fireplace . This information will be located on a metal tag affixed to the fireplace and hidden from plain view. Hearth manufacturers will stamp this information on a metal tag and rivet the tag to the inside of the fireplace opening, normally either just behind the top of the mesh screen on the left or right, just above the refractory brick, or underneath the hearth refractory panel.
By Glen from Bolton, MS on January 9, 2017
Can you tell me what the purpose of side vents are? I'm having a problem with back drafts on certain windy days with smoke coming out the front of the fireplace. I've raised the vent pipe to the regulations to no avail. Would an elbow vent pipe prevent this back draft or should I open the side vent?
By Will M. on January 10, 2017
Answer:If you will, please provide a photo of the chimney cap as we may be able to offer a solution to this problem. The outside air kit may not be the best solution as this simply adds fresh outside air when the home is starved of combustion air while wood burning. As this sounds like you have an issue with the fireplace chimney system doing little to prevent downdraft, adding the outside air kit would do very little to correct this issue.
By Clyde from Monroe, LA on January 21, 2015
Do you have the installation details for this fireplace?
By eFireplaceStore on January 21, 2015
Installation instructions for this particular unit can be seen here
. These instructions will cover the full installation from start to finish.
By Ron from Conroe, TX on April 18, 2015
What is the difference between a Radiant wood burning fireplace and a Circulating wood burning fireplace?
By Brennan W. on April 20, 2015
Answer:Radiant will have a smooth, clean face, while circulating will have slatted, louvered panels on the top and bottom. These louvers are there for the installation and operation of a blower.
By Albina Carannante from 08691 on December 13, 2016
I am replacing an old fireplace HTC4050. I would like to know if this will fit in the opening. I am also in need of a blower, doors, and venting kit.
By Brennan W. on December 14, 2016
The framing will have to be modified for this fireplace to be installed in your opening, but it can certainly be done. In order for me to put a full quote together, please follow the link below so that we can determine the correct venting for your installation:
Chimney Quote Form
By Al from PA on December 10, 2015
I am looking to replace a Preway BI36 fireplace insert with blower. Is this Superior 36" WCT Builder series circulating wood burning fireplace a direct replacement? Can I use the insulate flue pipe already installed for the 8" flue pipe needed for the Superior unit?
By Chris C. on December 10, 2015
Answer:Unfortunately, Superior uses a different line of chimney pipe that the Preway brand. In replacing a Preway fireplace with a new model, the chimney system would need to also be replaced.
By Ernie from Oneida, NY on January 10, 2015
What do I build the frame work around the insert with?
By eFireplaceStore on January 12, 2015
Answer:Some models require steel studs directly adjacent to and above the fireplace, however this model can be framed in with 2 x 4 lumber.
By Charles from Toronto, ON on August 31, 2015
Is this Superior 36 inch WCT Builder Series circulating wood burning fireplace ULC approved for use in Canada?
By Will M. on September 1, 2015
Answer:This wood burning fireplace complies with UL127-CAN/ULC-S610-M87.
By Jack from OH on May 25, 2017
Can this be used for the construction of an outdoor fireplace?
By Owen on May 26, 2017
Answer:It can be, but a stainless steel unit would be a better choice for an outdoor installation, due to its exposure to the elements.
By Cormac Hamilton from New Jersey on November 17, 2016
Can I use a chimney flex liner, with this model, inside an existing clay pipe?
By Lenny from NJ on March 28, 2017
What is the center width of this fireplace? I want to ensure my gas log fits. Thank you.
By Will M. on March 29, 2017
Answer:The center width of the interior opening is 29.3125".
By James from Houston, TX on December 18, 2015
Can this Superior 36" WCT Builder series circulating wood burning fireplace be vented out the side wall?
By eFireplaceStore on December 18, 2015
Answer:It is possible to angle the vent through an outside wall at a 30 degree angle, however a true horizontal run with the Class A vent pipe this model uses is not possible.
By Adele from Compton, CA on February 6, 2017
I would like to know if this fireplace would fit in my current fireplace. All I need is to upgrade or replace my existing one.
By Will M. on February 7, 2017
Please note that this is a zero-clearance fireplace, meaning that it should be installed only into an enclosure that is framed in per the manufacturer's requirements outlined in the installation manual
. If this is a prefabricated wood burning or masonry fireplace you currently own, Fireplace Inserts
are made for this specific purpose.
By Kevin from Flagstaff, AZ on August 9, 2015
I have a framed opening that I want to install an Osburn 1800 insert into. Can I install Durock or similar non combustible fireboard and then the insert? If not, can I install this Superior 36 Inch WCT2036WS fireplace then the Osburn insert? I have access to all sides of the framed opening so installing this fireplace is not a problem.
By eFireplaceStore on August 10, 2015
Because the Osburn brand and other inserts we offer are not insulated for use in a framed opening, you will indeed have to install a prefabricated fireplace first. The issue with the WCT2036WS is that the height is very close to the requirement for the insert, with only a 1 inch variance. The flue collars between the insert and the unit also do not line up. There will not be enough room for an offset because of the small 1 inch variance in height.
A unit you could use is the Superior WRT3042 Pro Series 42" Radiant Wood-Burning Fireplace
. This model is tall enough to fit the insert and the flue collar is further forward, allowing the liner to offset between the insert and the unit.
By Glen from Buckhannon, WV on December 31, 2014
Does this fireplace come with glass doors?
By eFireplaceStore on December 31, 2014
Answer:The doors for this model do not come as standard, however they are listed under the accessories tab on the item page.
By Bill from Peyton, CO on October 27, 2016
Can this fireplace be used in a manufactured home that is on a permanent foundation?
By Brennan W. on October 27, 2016
Answer:This can indeed be installed in a manufactured home.
By Clint Walling from Dallas, TX on December 27, 2016
I would like to use this fireplace insert (WCT2036WS) for an outdoor fireplace I'm building. I do not want to build the fireplace all the way up to the eve of the roof because I do not like the way that will look. Thus, I'm having the height of the fireplace top out at 8 feet. I would like to design the vent to come out of the back side of the fireplace. I would need the vent to make a 45 degree angle to come out the back of the fireplace and then back vertical to follow the roof beam. What vent system would I need to go with this if this design is possible? Also, I would need some way to attach it to the roof beam that it will be perpendicular with.
By Will M. on December 27, 2016
Please note that this fireplace may not be installed in an outdoor setting. For models that can, please view our selection of patio fireplaces.
However, please note that we do not offer any rear-venting, wood burning fireplace and are unaware of any models that exist with this optional configuration. Please note that open-combustion wood burning fireplace will all have required top venting and only 30 degree offset elbows will be available. As the hearth is open, 45 or 90 degree elbows would restrict the flow of flue gases to a point to where the system would not draft.
By Gary from IN on May 28, 2017
Do the warning stickers on the back and sides of the unit need to be removed for safety? Thank you.
By Will M. on May 30, 2017
Answer:These stickers should remain in place.