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    Vent Free Fireplaces

    Vent-free fireplaces have several advantages over vented models. Since they don't require any bulky vent pipe or chimney, ventless appliances have much more flexibility in terms of placement and can be used in small homes a where it would be impossible to install a vented fireplace. And, if you're searching for efficiency, a vent-fee fireplace is definitely the way to go. Vented units lose a significant amount of the warm air they produce up their chimneys, but ventless fireplaces are entirely self-contained, allowing all of the heat to remain inside the home.
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    Betty
    from IN asked:
    October 7, 2017
    What kind of fumes do these table top fireplaces put out?
    1 Answers
    If you are referring to the bio-ethanol burners we offer, they are designed to provide complete combustion and not emit any odors.
    Will M.
    on October 9, 2017

    Terry
    from OR asked:
    September 4, 2017
    I have a 20 year old Superior VFC 38 vent free fireplace. The previous owner pointed out that it gives off black soot and said this is common for vent free appliances. Is that true? It also does not have the glass doors and she claims it didn't come with them. Is that true? Are glass doors still available?
    1 Answers
    Sooting should not be occurring if everything is installed correctly. This could be due to the logs being placed incorrectly, which will cool the flame and cause sooting, or it could be over-pressurization of the gas valve. I would suggest having a technician come out and service the unit to get it properly operating. As for glass doors, unfortunately, they are not available for vent-free units since the front must remain open.
    Brennan W.
    on September 5, 2017

    Al
    from FL asked:
    May 20, 2017
    Ventless fireplaces seem unsafe; how are combustion products removed?
    1 Answers
    When properly installed and maintained, ventless systems offer complete combustion with the only byproducts being water vapor and carbon dioxide.
    Will M.
    on May 22, 2017

    Connie
    from Eden Prairie, MN asked:
    April 7, 2017
    How do I purchase a kit for propane use?
    1 Answers
    If you have an existing vent free natural gas fireplace and need to convert it to liquid propane, ventless systems are not convertible. Unfortunately, no conversion kit would be available.
    Will M.
    on April 7, 2017

    Mike
    from Myrtle Beach, SC asked:
    February 11, 2017
    There is water vapor generated when you burn propane; how does your vent free fireplace handle that issue?
    1 Answers
    All ventless systems will emit water vapor as a combustion byproduct and this will only become an issue in well insulated homes that lack a high rate of air exchange with the outdoors. This problem is normally rectified, somewhat, by properly sizing the BTU input of the chosen ventless system to ensure it is not over-sized for the cubic footage of the room the system is installed in, along with any other rooms that may be open to this space, in addition to installing the optional outside air kit offered with many of the ventless fireplaces and fireboxes we advertise.
    Will M.
    on February 13, 2017

    Gregory DiLalo
    from East Brunswick, New Jersey asked:
    January 16, 2017
    I would like to install a vent-free natural gas insert in my existing wood burning fireplace. The front width opening of the existing fireplace is 35 1/8" (brick to brick), the height of the opening is exactly 31", and the depth of the firebox is 19 3/4". The rear width of the firebox is 22". Do you have an insert that will fit in this opening and can be trimmed out with a facing so that any gap is covered around the insert?
    1 Answers
    Brennan W.
    on January 17, 2017

    Bill Wilson
    from Hubbard, Oregon asked:
    January 15, 2017
    We purchased a home with a Superior fireplace that vents to the outside without a chimney. It is wonderful and quiet, but cannot find out how to open the glass front so I can clean the inside of the glass. House is 10 yrs old and previous owner left no information.
    1 Answers
    We will be happy to make a few suggestions. If you could, please provide the manufacturer and model number of your current fireplace. We look forward to your response.
    Brennan W.
    on January 16, 2017

    Iridios
    from Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania asked:
    January 14, 2017
    I need to replace a propane fireplace that was damaged. What do I measure so that I can get one that is a similar or same size of the one being replaced. I may or may not want to replace the mantle it is in. The model number of the old one is VSGF28PTB/CSGF28PTB.
    1 Answers
    We will be happy to make a few suggestions. Before we do, please provide the front width, rear width, depth, and height of your unit, as well as whether you will be utilizing natural gas or propane and whether or not you would like a remote. We look forward to your response.
    Brennan W.
    on January 16, 2017

    Marie Romano
    from East Norriton, PA asked:
    January 10, 2017
    What is the price of a replacement valve for an Empire vent-free gas burner. Product # VFSR-18-R, Serial # 1440566050?
    1 Answers
    Does your unit utilize natural gas or porpane?
    Brennan W.
    on January 10, 2017

    Robert Montgomery
    from Wakarusa, Kansas asked:
    January 6, 2017
    I have a Majestic UVC36RP unvented room heater. Serial #B41B0097501161. I am looking for an owners manual with installation instructions.
    1 Answers
    That's no problem at all. The product manual for your unit can be found here.
    Brennan W.
    on January 6, 2017

    Cherie Smith
    from West Salem, Ohio asked:
    January 4, 2017
    We have a ventless natural gas fireplace; can we change it to propane?
    1 Answers
    We do sell Gas conversion kits for some units. If possible, you can you provide the model # of your unit, and we will happily check for you.
    Chaz
    on January 5, 2017

    Vreni Collier
    from Earlysville, VA asked:
    December 31, 2016
    We have a propane gas unvented room heater that was installed in November 1997. I would like to know if it is possible to convert it to a remote controlled starter (on and off).
    2 Answers
    In all likelihood, this will not be possible, however, we would be more than happy to look into this further if the make and model number can be provided.
    Will M.
    on January 2, 2017
    In all likelihood, this will not be possible, however, we would be more than happy to look into this further if the make and model number can be provided.
    Will M.
    on January 2, 2017

    Kim
    from Hardeeville, SC asked:
    December 29, 2016
    We have a FMI GL5000. We are needing a thermalcouple. I would like a parts list and owner manual, if possible. Because this is a retired style it is hard to find this information. All I have is the model number, date of manufacturer (01-94) and serial number from the tag in the box.
    1 Answers
    We do not have any owners manuals for units that old. You can contact FMI directly.
    Owen
    on December 30, 2016

    Dion Zipperian
    from Ripley, Ohio asked:
    December 27, 2016
    Do you carry a ventless fireplace unit called "Intent Signature Series"?
    1 Answers
    We do not. We currently offer products from the following manufacturers. Dimplex Fire Sense Holly & Martin Majestic Moda Flame Modern Flames Monessen Napoleon SEI Superior
    April L.
    on December 27, 2016

    Jo Ann
    from North Carolina asked:
    December 25, 2016
    I have a ventless gas fireplace, but where I moved they only have propane. What do I need to convert it?
    1 Answers
    That depends on the manufacturer and model of your unit. If you can provide us with both of those, we can check to see if we are able to get a Natural to Propane Conversion kit.
    Chaz
    on December 26, 2016

    Ken Boorman
    from Ontario,Oregon asked:
    December 20, 2016
    Are the ventless fireplaces safe?
    1 Answers
    There is a wealth of information discussing this topic posted here.
    Will M.
    on December 20, 2016

    Larry
    from Dallas, TX asked:
    December 20, 2016
    I need a technician to replace a pro flame receiver. The company, Desa is out of business. Do you have any suggestions as to who I can contact?
    1 Answers
    Please provide the model and serial number of your Desa fireplace for clarity.
    Will M.
    on December 20, 2016

    Lawrence Kenyon
    from Richmond Hill, GA asked:
    December 19, 2016
    I have just purchased a home with an insert model GCUF36B-e. The insert has faux brick on the back and sides, but not in the bottom. The house inspector said this unit should have a bottom piece. The insert has never been used. Did the unit come with a bottom piece that was never installed, or is one not needed? If one is needed, where can it be purchased?
    1 Answers
    I recommend having your inspector contact the manufacturer if this becomes an issue, but firebrick panels used with gas hearth systems are purely decorative and not required for safe operation. Like most all fireboxes, the optional panels for this model will include the two sides and back, but not the floor (hearth) as this area is normally concealed by the burner pan and any decorative media (lava rock, etc) purchased.
    Will M.
    on December 20, 2016

    Boo
    from Pomona, NJ asked:
    December 13, 2016
    I have a ventfree propane fireplace. I now have natural gas at premise. Can I get a natural gas thermostat gas valve assembly, and gas regulator to transition my fireplace from propane to natural gas?
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, vent free hearth systems are not convertible.
    Will M.
    on December 13, 2016

    Anne Meissner
    from Cleveland Heights, Ohio asked:
    December 12, 2016
    How safe are non-vented fireplaces? How are fumes dispersed throughout the room? Do they differ in the gas burning aspect?
    1 Answers
    Ventless gas hearth systems are safety tested for safe use without the need for venting, however, these systems will require annual cleanings and are not recommended for anyone with allergies or other breathing conditions such as asthma. Because these systems provide complete combustion with the only byproducts being water vapor and carbon dioxide, they will put quite a bit of moisture into the air and lessen the available oxygen in the home slightly. While they will shut down once the oxygen level around the pilot assembly reaches 19%, this is still not ideal for anyone with asthma, etc. Additionally, newer homes with very tight insulation will not have much of an air exchange with the outdoors. In these cases, the water vapor produced may result in mold. When the system is not cleaned annually, any dust, pet dander, etc. will build up in the burner pan or on the logs. With nowhere to vent, the byproducts will simply burn away into the home, along with their somewhat toxic fumes. Lastly, if a direct vent fireplace has a 30K Btu input with 70% efficiency, it may be used more frequently to achieve the same level of heat when compared with a ventless systems with the same 30K input as these system are 99% efficient.
    Will M.
    on December 13, 2016

    Tim Sander
    from Horse Shoe, NC asked:
    December 2, 2016
    I have a Superior fireplace box, model CF-3860, with no flue. It has a vent free gas log and burner set in it. It seems to have a covered opening for a flue, but that cannot be opened. Can you identify the fireplace box or provide a manual for it so I have some idea of how safe it is to use for a ventless propane burner? Thanks.
    1 Answers
    The only manual I was able to obtain for your unit can be found here.
    Brennan W.
    on December 2, 2016

    Ron
    from Kentucky asked:
    December 1, 2016
    Which unit puts off the most heat for the price?
    1 Answers
    I will be happy to look into this for you. Are you looking for propane or natural gas?
    Brennan W.
    on December 1, 2016

    Donald Deharde
    from Nashville, TN asked:
    November 19, 2016
    Does it matter if the gas is natural or propane on a ventless gas fireplace. What type of professional is qualified to install this?

    Andrea N. Paddock
    from Monroe, CT asked:
    November 12, 2016
    Recently we had our gas-fired water heater replaced. In the process of switching out the old and replacing it with the new, the technician shut off the gas. When he finished, we realized the pilot light on our vent-free Empire Breckinridge VFD32FB0L fireplace was not lit. How do we light it, so we can use the fireplace during the winter?

    Pam Duncan
    from Pelzer, SC asked:
    November 1, 2016
    I converted my wood fireplace to propane gas, however I am not happy because I have a whole going up my chimney. It seems my damper was removed, when I had a wood stove installed Where can I find piece of metal to close over this whole?

    Rick
    from NC asked:
    October 17, 2016
    Can a vent-free fireplace be installed flush in an interior room, through an exterior wall, as long as it is enclosed in an insulated water tight structure that will double as an outside barbecue preparation area on an open patio deck?
    1 Answers
    Certainly. This enclosure is commonly called a "doghouse" in the industry and is a relatively common way to enclose both vent-free and direct vent fireplaces without sacrificing the floor space in a room.
    eFireplaceStore
    on October 18, 2016

    Brian
    from NY asked:
    June 26, 2016
    Can a TV be mounted above the fireplace? I have approximately 500 square feet is 10,000 BTU enough?
    1 Answers
    Televisions can indeed be mounted above vent free fireplaces, however you must follow the guidelines specified by the manufacturer. For a 500 square foot area in your climate, I recommend a vent free unit around 20,000 BTUs.
    eFireplaceStore
    on June 27, 2016

    Len
    from VA asked:
    June 4, 2016
    Is a non-combustible hearth required like on a wood burning masonry fireplace?
    1 Answers
    Both direct vent and vent free gas fireplaces generally do not require a non-combustible hearth as a rule. There are a handful of models on the market that require one, but they are rare. The installation instructions for each model will specifically state if this is a requirement.
    eFireplaceStore
    on June 6, 2016

    James
    from Jackson, MS asked:
    May 12, 2016
    I am looking for a vent less fireplace that can accommodate river rock in the lower price range. What would you suggest?
    1 Answers
    Chris C.
    on May 12, 2016

    Paul
    from Rush, KY asked:
    February 11, 2016
    I need a fireplace insert that uses natural gas, is ventless, and measures 34 inches wide by 25 inches high. Do you carry one this size?
    1 Answers
    If you are looking for a fireplace insert that can be installed into your existing prefabricated wood burning or masonry fireplace opening, you will find several models that will work with your width and height dimension here.
    Will M.
    on February 11, 2016

    Cathy
    from Exeter, NH asked:
    February 7, 2016
    Can I put a TV above a vent free gas fireplace?
    1 Answers
    You most likely will be able to do this, so long as the television can be mounted safely above the fireplace per the manufacturer's minimum requirement for mantel clearances. This information will be provided in the product literature for each gas fireplace offered on our site.
    Will M.
    on February 8, 2016

    Chip
    from St. Louis, MO asked:
    January 3, 2016
    We want to add a vent free, zero clearance propane fireplace to our living room. It is a large room, so we want the largest fireplace that we can get. We plan on doing the stone work around it once it is installed. What do you suggest?
    2 Answers
    For an installation such as yours, I would suggest the Napoleon High Country NZ6000 Wood Burning Fireplace, which provides the highest heat output of our wood burning units and would work well with a stone finish.
    Brennan W.
    on January 4, 2016
    We have several vent free units from which to choose. The largest of which is our 48" Empire Boulevard fireplace. It would be useful to keep in mind that often, the larger fireplaces are generally more modern in their styling. For example, this Boulevard unit is very wide but it is not very tall. This linear style provides a more modern look than something like our 36" Empire Vail.
    Kevin E.
    on January 4, 2016

    Paul
    from Rensselaer, IN asked:
    December 29, 2015
    Can Vent Free fireplaces be installed into an inside wall instead of an outer wall?
    1 Answers
    Vent free fireplaces can indeed be installed in an interior wall.
    Brennan W.
    on December 30, 2015

    RuthAnn
    from Oak Island, NC asked:
    December 19, 2015
    Is there anything I can do to minimize the propane smell when I burn my vent free fireplace? It was installed by our builder and we had no previous experience with propane, having come from a home with a wood burning fireplace. We don't use it often. We have a full tank of propane and just had it serviced. (Had I known then what I know now, I might have made a different choice.)
    1 Answers
    If gas pressure has been verified to be in range at the unit and the log set has been placed properly, I'm afraid there is nothing else that can really be done. Vent free units do emit an odor and some individuals are more sensitive to it than others. The amount of methyl mercaptan used in the propane by the supplier can also have an effect.
    eFireplaceStore
    on December 21, 2015

    Arline
    from Atlanta, GA asked:
    November 24, 2015
    How many BTU's from a vent free fireplace will I need for a room that measures 30 x 17 - 510 square feet with 8 foot high ceilings?
    1 Answers
    For your room we would recommend a unit with a BTU rating of approximately 18,000-20,000.
    Tyler M.
    on November 24, 2015

    Anne
    from Greenville, SC asked:
    September 13, 2015
    I'm interested in the Superior 36" VRE 3000 Series Propane Vent Free Fireplace for my Screened in porch. Is this model suitable? Also, where would I find a mantel or attractive enclosure for this unit?
    1 Answers
    This unit can indeed be used for a screened in porch application without an issue. Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not offer a model specific enclosure for this particular unit. As such, you will need to work with a local cabinetmaker or finish carpenter to trim out the unit once installed.
    eFireplaceStore
    on September 14, 2015

    Jim
    from UT asked:
    September 10, 2015
    Do your vent free fireplaces have oxygen depletion sensors?
    1 Answers
    By mandate, all vent free fireplace utilize an oxygen depletion system. In the event of low oxygen levels in the room, the pilot flame will begin to lift away from the pilot tube. When oxygen levels become low enough, the flame will lift so far off of the tube that it will no longer heat the thermocouple/flame sensor. This will cause the valve to lose voltage/signal and shut down, extinguishing the main burner flame.
    eFireplaceStore
    on September 11, 2015

    Don
    from Athens, AL asked:
    July 1, 2015
    What are the differences between the Monessen DIS33G and the DFS32C?
    1 Answers
    Aside from the lower Btu output and the included blower, the primary difference between the DFS32C and DIS33 is that the DIS33 is a fireplace "insert," meaning that it was designed to be installed in an existing stone or brick masonry fireplace opening and corresponding chimney. While the DIS33 can also be framed with combustible framing as an option, there are subtle differences between the log sets and optional accessories as well. The DIS33 will arrive with a cottage clay liner while the DFS32 lists several options, but will not arrive with this already installed. The DFS32 will also list several options for mantels while the DIS33 will not.
    Will M.
    on July 1, 2015

    Jenny
    from Madison, WI asked:
    June 21, 2015
    Is it really true that I don't need a chimney/flue for these vent-free gas fires?
    1 Answers
    As vent free fireplaces utilize the oxygen from the room they are installed in for combustion and are 99% efficient and clean burning, they do not require a chimney.
    Will M.
    on June 22, 2015

    John
    from AR asked:
    May 23, 2015
    I have had open heart surgery. How would a vent free gas fireplace effect my health if I use this as my primary heating source?
    1 Answers
    Vent free appliances should not be depended on as a primary heat source and would not be recommended for anyone with any type of breathing condition or allergy. They rely on oxygen from the home for combustion and will subsequently deplete the oxygen level without providing any type of makeup air. While the ODS or oxygen depletion sensor will shut the appliance down if the oxygen level gets to around 18%, I would not recommend installing a vent free appliance due to your condition.
    Will M.
    on May 26, 2015

    Steve
    from Angel Fire, NM asked:
    April 15, 2015
    I would like to buy a 36 inch propane vent free fireplace that can be controlled by a wall mounted thermostat and that has a blower. Can you help me this kind of fireplace?
    1 Answers
    We do indeed have a few units that would fit your needs, such as the Empire Vail Premium Vent-Free Propane Fireplace with Remote Ready Controls - 36" - VFP-36-BP30LLP, which can have a blower and wall mounted thermostat purchased and installed with it.
    Brennan W.
    on April 16, 2015

    Kurt
    from Dayton, OH asked:
    February 23, 2015
    I have a 36" wide electric media fireplace. I like the style and look of the media fireplace but the electric insert just doesn't put off enough heat. So, I would like to replace the electric insert with a vent-less natural gas fireplace insert. Is this possible? Will I encounter any fire hazard issues? Is this a bad idea for any reason?
    1 Answers
    While this is a common request, I'm afraid that it cannot be safely done. The media centers do not offer enough overhead clearance in order to maintain safe temperatures. Even low output gas fireplaces require a good deal of clearance above the chassis and the relatively compact media centers do not afford enough space.
    eFireplaceStore
    on February 24, 2015

    Victor
    from Bentonville, AR asked:
    February 4, 2015
    I'm moving to Mexico and I want to take a 40" gas fireplace with me. How many BTUs does a fireplace need to generate to heat 400 square feet? What other accessories would I need to look for assuming that I can not find them in Mexico?
    1 Answers
    The average vented fireplace will need to produce between 16,000 to 20,000 BTUs in order to heat an area of 400 square feet. Most likely, the venting will need to be purchased and taken as well, as manufacturer specific venting can be difficult to find. I would also verify the fuel type you will have access to, as propane and propane/butane mixtures are the most prevalent in Mexico.
    eFireplaceStore
    on February 4, 2015

    Cheryl
    from Dunbar, PA asked:
    January 9, 2015
    I have a model VDCFRNB which I had installed approximately 4 years ago. The pilot light will not stay lit. Is there something that I can do? Does something need to be cleaned?
    1 Answers
    I would first suggest using either an emery cloth or 1500 grit sandpaper to clean any carbon deposits or other impurities from the thermocouple and thermopile on the pilot assembly. Additionally, follow the connections from the base of the pilot assembly back to the valve and ensure that the connections are tight. The thermocouple may thread directly into the base of the valve. You may try to loosen the nut securing the line to the valve, and use the same emery cloth or sandpaper to lightly clean the contact point. When re-tightening, turn the nut hand tight, then use a wrench to only tighten another 1/4" turn at most. If these procedures do not remedy the issue, I would suggest having a technician come out to check the thermocouple and thermopile to ensure that they are still producing the correct milivolts allowing the valve to remain open once the pilot flame is lit.
    Chris C.
    on January 9, 2015

    Susan
    from Lambertville, NJ asked:
    January 3, 2015
    Will it harm my TV if I put it above this fireplace?
    1 Answers
    This practice is okay if the proper precautions are taken. One of the following options is the only way to protect the television from damage: 1. Build a recessed alcove in the wall above the fireplace to house the television. This will allow heat to rise past the television, rather than hitting it directly. 2. Mount a mantel shelf above the fireplace and below the television that projects at least as far as the television does. If this option is chosen, you must ensure the mantel is placed high enough above the fireplace to maintain proper clearances specified by the fireplace manufacturer.
    eFireplaceStore
    on January 5, 2015

    Harry
    from Magnolia Springs, AL asked:
    December 23, 2014
    I have this fire pit. The inside would be a 17" diameter circle as far as useable space. I have a small inclosed patio I'd like to put this in. Do you have anything in a vent free log set that might work for me? I have been looking at Peterson island style burners for ideas.
    1 Answers
    Because of the small diameter of the fire pit, the R. H. Peterson sets we carry are not ideal. The overall width required will exceed the space you have. Instead, you may consider using a burner such as the Hearth Products Controls Round Black Steel Natural Gas Outdoor Fire Ring - 12 Inch in conjunction with a manual valve and log set. A set that is meant to be viewed from all angles and designed for the outdoors is the Hearth Products Controls 4 Piece Woodland Ceramic Fiber Outdoor Log Set.
    eFireplaceStore
    on December 24, 2014

    Ki
    from McLean, VA asked:
    November 19, 2014
    I am building an outdoor pavilion and I want to put a gas fireplace in one of the walls without a chimney. I also want an open faced fireplace without glass doors enclosing the front. What would you suggest?
    1 Answers
    I recommend a product such as the Empire Premium Traditional Stainless Steel Outdoor Gas Fireplace with Intermittent Pilot and Seven-Piece Refractory Log Set - 36 Inch. Because this model is completely vent free, there is no chimney system to have to work with. Also, the face of the unit is open and the view of the flame is uninhibited.
    eFireplaceStore
    on November 19, 2014

    Donna
    from Baton Rouge, LA asked:
    November 11, 2014
    I have a gas ventless fireplace in my home and I'm not able to burn it more than an hour without the fumes getting bad in my home. It's in the corner of my room with a big empty space behind it in the walls. I'm wondering if it's possible to cut a hole into the top of the fireplace so it can vent into the wall chamber instead of just into my living room. What would you suggest?
    1 Answers
    Vent free fireplaces should not be cut or altered in any way, as an excessive release of heat into a combustible wall could lead to a fire. Your best option will be to remove the vent free unit and install a vented model in its place. Direct vent fireplaces are completely sealed from room air and can be vented vertically or horizontally.
    eFireplaceStore
    on November 11, 2014

    Paul
    from Lewes, DE asked:
    November 6, 2014
    Can you wash ceramic logs?
    1 Answers
    The logs themselves can be cleaned using a vacuum and brush to remove debris. Any remaining debris can be wiped off with a dry soft rag, but I would advise against using any type of cleaner on the log as the cleaner could negatively react with the flames from the burner. I would check your owner's manual to see if they allow for a damp rag to be used to clean the logs themselves.
    Chris C.
    on November 6, 2014

    Nan
    from Alto, TX asked:
    November 2, 2014
    Can the burner in the vent free propane fireplace logs be adjusted to burn a blue flame?
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, no. Vent free fireplaces and log sets are engineered to burn a certain color and cannot be adjusted in any way. Making adjustments carries the risk of causing incomplete combustion.
    eFireplaceStore
    on November 3, 2014



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