By Justin from Eastern PA on January 27, 2013
I want a ZC wood fireplace with forced air option. I also like the idea of using a gas fire starter. It seems to be one or the other. Do you carry one?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 28, 2013
Answer:Many of the open faced models we carry can be equipped with a log lighter, however they are not an efficient source of supplemental heat. They do offer a blower to supplement circulation, but do not have a forced air heating option. All sealed units that do have the forced air option do not have provisions for a log lighter. This is mainly due to the very high temperatures that can be achieved with this type of unit. I apologize that we do not offer a unit with both options.
By Doug from Eufaula, AL on October 14, 2013
I'm looking to replace the brick panels (3 of them) in my 36 inch wood burning fireplace. Do you have those?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on October 15, 2013
Yes, we do offer some universal refractory panels that will work for your woodburning fireplace. Please see the following links:
One 24"h x 28"w Panel
Two 24" h x 40"w Panels
These panels are about 3/4" thick and can be cut down to the size you need with a masonry blade or tile saw. They are suitable for use as side, rear and floor panels inside any manufactured woodburning fireplace.
By Brian from Napa, CA on March 1, 2014
Which of your wood burning fireplaces are approved in CA?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on March 3, 2014
Depending on your local code, you may need a fully EPA certified fireplace, such as the Flame Monaco XTD EPA woodburning Fireplace
, or you may be able to use any of the fireplaces on the EPA list of cleaner fireplaces. If that is the case, we have a few other models you may prefer with an open-faced look and large viewing area.
By Bill Kohls from Temperance, MI on November 10, 2012
Do all fireplace inserts require a grate?
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on November 12, 2012
Answer:The use of a grate is completely up to you. Grates do aide in air circulation which can lend to easier starting fires. However, traditional inserts, those full-bodied appliances that are installed into masonry fireplaces, do not normally accept grates.
By Richard from Chelsea, Alabama on November 12, 2013
Do you sell a fireplace that would be suitable to put a wood stove in?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 13, 2013
Answer:While we do carry several manufactured fireplaces that can be used in conjunction with wood burning inserts, we do not carry a model that can be utilized with a free standing wood stove. The manufactured units are not able to deal with the extra height and are not listed for this installation. Only a large masonry fireplace would be suitable for this application.
By el from Jacksonville, FL on November 10, 2012
I am replacing my Heatilator E-36 with your FMI Bungalow 36. My chimney pipe is 8 inches - is it going to work?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 12, 2012
Answer:Unfortunately, the FMI pipe that the Bungalow uses and the Heatilator pipe that you currently have will not be compatible with one another. It would be necessary to replace the existing chimney system with the proper FMI 8DM line of piping.
By James from Boulder, Colorado on November 19, 2013
We live in Boulder, Colorado and are considering buying a high efficiency wood insert to go into our existing masonry fireplace. That all seems straightforward enough, however, I'm wondering about the efficiency rating. Are the models you sell tested and rated at sea level or do you have any units/options rated for altitude? We are at 5500 feet here and I am aware, from having recently purchased a furnace, that a unit rated at sea level will perform significantly less at altitude and that a unit rated for altitude is needed. Can you help me figure this out?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 19, 2013
Answer:Gas appliances will indeed be derated significantly when used at higher altitudes. Above 4,500 feet, it is necessary to change the main burner orifice to allow for the altitude change.
For wood burning appliances, the change in altitude does not have as much of an effect. BTU ratings are slightly less, as there is less oxygen to fuel the fire, but manufacturers do not produce wood stoves and inserts that are built specifically for altitude. The only thing to consider is that the chimney may need to be extended a bit further than an insert at sea level, as stoves burned at high altitudes seem to perform better with the taller chimney.
By Doug from MN on December 11, 2013
What do you have available in a low cost EPA Phase II-certified fireplace?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 11, 2013
By Jennifer from Chestertown, Maryland on January 20, 2013
We bought a house with a Martin Model SA42 insert and the brick firewall is badly cracked. I thought about finding parts for it, but was wondering what would be the best way to replace the whole thing? It has vents so I am assuming it is a circulating one. Also, If I do replace it, do I have to get a blower or does the circulating type come with one? How do I know what kind of glass doors to get and can I burn it with the doors shut? We have not used it at all because we are afraid to with that crack. We don't know anything about these fireplaces and no one we know has anything like it, so we don't know where to go from here. We live in Chestertown Maryland and don't know of any place nearby that sells these. Any assistance would be appreciated!
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 21, 2013
Answer:Most manufactured fireplaces, such as your SA42, use the refractory panels largely for decoration. The panels will mount to a metal chassis that seals the unit and covers a built in air space. Only if one of the panels is crumbling completely would it be unsafe to burn.
Martin used Majestic vent pipe, so if you decide to replace the unit, my suggestion would be to go with a Majestic or Monessen unit to save on piping costs. Circulating units have provisions for a blower, but the blower must be purchased separately. Most units will allow you to burn with the doors closed, but in practice I have seen some glass panes shatter. As such, I personally recommend leaving the doors open. If you decide to replace the unit, I am assuming you would like to go back in with another 42 inch model? Please advise.
By Lydia from California on January 7, 2014
Which is the best free standing wood burning fireplace for a mobile home with the least installation problems and also the least expensive?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 7, 2014
FMI products makes a durable product that is fairly simple to install. An example of one of their most popular selling items is the FMI Bungalow - Builder 36 Inch Radiant Wood Burning Fireplace
. This unit can be installed in a mobile home, as long as the outside air kit is used and the unit is anchored to the chassis.
By John from Port Clinton, OH on March 17, 2013
Are any wood burning fireplaces as efficient as inserts? Which ones?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 18, 2013
By John Wisniewski from St. Louis, MO on December 12, 2012
When you say a 36 inch or 42 inch, what is that in reference to? The width or height of the actual opening? I would need a zero clearance with a chimney pipe and everything. Do you have what I would need to put it on the roof? And does the chimney pipe have to be straight, or can it have an elbow?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on December 13, 2012
The "36" and "42" usually refer to the opening width of the fireplace, though in some cases it may be the total width.
We do indeed stock all the necessary venting components for all of our wood-burning fireplaces. Yes, you can offset the Class A chimney pipe with 30-degree elbows if needed. If you are interested, please let us know what model(s) you are interested in and fill out our Chimney Pipe Design & Quote Form
By Alex from Broomall, PA on October 9, 2013
I am looking to add a gas fireplace in my living room, that is vent free. What is the difference between a smooth front and a louvered front? Which one is more efficient?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 9, 2013
Answer:A smooth front fireplace will have no external vents or louvers on the surrounding frame. This gives you the option to use noncombustible finishing material up to the opening of the unit, but a circulating fan cannot be used. A louver faced unit will allow for some natural convection of heat to occur, making the unit slightly more efficient. Thermal efficiency is greatly increased when a blower is installed. The downside to this design is that the louvers cannot be covered.
By Al from Windsor, Ontario, Canada on February 9, 2014
Are your wood burning fireplaces CSA (Canadian Standards Approved) approved?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 10, 2014
Answer:CSA typically only tests and labels gas fired appliances. As such, our wood burning products have not been tested or listed by them. Most of our wood burning products are tested and listed by UL, OMNI, or PFS. Most units also carry an ICC number, which is often required to be accepted by local code enforcement in both Canada and the U.S.
By gene from Rancho Tehama, CA on October 30, 2012
What wood-burning fireplaces can be mounted in the garage with the hearth in the living room?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on October 30, 2012
We have a few closed-combustion chamber models that combine efficiency with the capability to provide heat to a large home. For example, please see the Napoleon Prestige NZ-26
, the Osburn Stratford
or the Napoleon NZ3000
. By the way, the owner's manuals for each of those items can be downloaded on each of those pages.
By John from Georgetown, KY on January 30, 2013
I am looking for a Temco fireplace blower. I know Temco is no longer in business. The Temco number is BL-1. Can I buy an aftermarket blower, and what is the Monessen number?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 30, 2013
Per Monessen, you can indeed replace your Temco BL-1 blower with the FK12 model
By Jason from Santa Rosa, CA on January 1, 2014
I have a wood / gas fireplace. I am tired of not being able to use my fireplace when our air quality district calls a spare the air alert and ban fireplace use when the air gets stagnant. I was wondering if someone could recommend a log or logs that I could use with the gas, so I could use my wood / gas fireplace like a gas insert fireplace. Can you help?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on January 2, 2014
We offer a variety of vented gas log sets
and ventless gas log sets
that you may be able to use, assuming your fireplace is either a masonry unit with a functional chimney or a manufactured unit that has been tested and listed for use with a gas appliance. Our complete gas log sets do indeed include everything needed for installation - burner, logs, grate, embers, etc. However, we do also offer log sets by themselves (no burner or other parts) and burners by themselves (no logs or pilot kits). Please reply with your full fireplace dimensions, as well as how you would like to control your log set (remote control, thermostat, wall switch), and we will be happy to offer recommendations. Also, please let us know if you want a standing pilot kit (millivolt) or an electronic pilot kit (no standing pilot, battery-operated). We look forward to your response.
By Kurt from Owasso, OK on September 23, 2013
What is the difference in quality in the Vantage 42 inch Smoothface and the FMI Craftman all in one 42 inch?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 24, 2013
Answer:Both units are produced by the same manufacturer in the same facility. As such, their assembly process is very much the same and they will feature the same level of quality. The primary differences between the units is the liner styles that are available and slight changes in the facade of each unit.
By Charles from Wendell on January 22, 2013
I have a stone fireplace with measurements of 37 3/4 wide by 28. What size unit should I purchase?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on January 23, 2013
It appears you need a fireplace insert--a unit that would slide inside your existing fireplace and utilize an existing chimney. If this is the case, please advise if you would prefer a woodburning insert or a gas (direct vent or vent-free) insert. For more information, please see our Fireplace Insert Buying Guide
. Please reply with your preferences, as well as the height of your existing chimney, and we would be happy to offer some recommendations with everything you would need for installation.
By Kim from Alabama on February 11, 2014
I have a large double wide mobile home and was wondering if you had a wood burning fireplace that is good for heating and would pass most codes for carrying insurance on the home and not too hard on the wallet?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 11, 2014
Unfortunately, wood burning fireplaces are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of capability and price. We offer several models that are lower cost, but they are primarily for immediate supplemental heat and cannot provide enough output for adjacent rooms. Closed combustion models that offer enough heat to warm the entire home are available, but the cost is usually over 2k for these models.
You may consider using a wood burning stove instead. A model such as the Drolet Eldorado Small Wood Stove With Blower Included - DB02650
is mobile home approved and can provide supplemental heat to approximately 1,500 square feet of area. It is also able to offer much longer burn times and less fuel consumption over a fireplace.
By Nancy from perkins,ok on January 13, 2013
We have a vent less natural gas log fireplace, and would like to put in a wood burning insert. Is that going to be possible? The dimensions of our fireplace opening is 21-1/4 x 36 and depth is 17 inches.
By Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist on January 14, 2013
Answer:Unfortunately, not. Wood burning inserts may only be installed into full masonry, wood burning fireplaces or specifically approved pre-fabricated wood burning appliances.
By Carrie from Cincinnati on February 11, 2013
What is the function of the rear panel - to aid in reflection of heat into the room or something more, such that it is essential for the safe operation of the fireplace? It is my understanding that these panels are primarily for aesthetics and heat reflection vs. safe operation of the unit.
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on February 12, 2013
The panels serve to refract the heat from the firebox out into the room, and they are necessary for safe operation of a woodburning fireplace. Please see our Rutland Masonry Fireplace Patch
for reference in repairing these panels.
By Mallika from Ellicott City on January 3, 2014
I'm looking for a modern wood burning fireplace unit with a screen. I would like a 46" wide look if possible. Do you have any suggestions?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on January 3, 2014
By Matthew from Napa Valley, Northern California on January 9, 2014
I just bought a house and it has a traditional open hearth fireplace. I just had it inspected and the report comes back that it is unsafe for use. There are missing mortars, cracks, and warped top places that would allow fire to get behind the front row of brick. Just seems like a disaster waiting to happen if I tried to use the fireplace.
Is there any form of "insert" that I can put into this fireplace and basically give it a new firebox and flue up the existing cracked brick chimney and thereby allow me to have a functional open fireplace? I know I can get an insert and have a "closed" firebox with a glass door, but that's not what I want. I want a true "open" fireplace. Is that possible? I want some form of insert that basically becomes a liner. Can you help?
I figured you guys would know what could or could not be done.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 9, 2014
Answer:While I do understand the concept you are going for, I am afraid that this sort of product does not exist. All inserts that are produced are designed with a closed front that cannot be changed. It will likely be best to have a professional mason access the fireplace to see what can be done. It is likely that the fireplace can be repaired and the interior parged with a new layer of mortar. The chimney can also be relined with a new steel liner. These repairs would allow you to use the fireplace again as an open wood burner.
By James from Phoenix, AZ on April 29, 2013
Do you have an insert that looks more like real brick for a Majestic Fireplace, Model BR42?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on April 30, 2013
The only other option for your woodburning fireplace that we can offer are our universal refractory panels. These are gray with a stacked brick pattern. Please see the following links:
One 24"h x 28"w Panel
Two 24" h x 40"w Panels
These panels are about 3/4" thick and can be cut down to the size you need with a masonry blade or tile saw. They are suitable for use as side, rear and floor panels inside any manufactured woodburning fireplace.
By Sharon from Las Vegas, NV on January 23, 2013
I have a gas fireplace that I would like to close the gas and take out the rocks and do wood burning. My vent opening is approximately 6 inches, and I have an opening on the right side. Can I do it and what needs to be done?
By Chris on January 23, 2013
Answer:Being that a wood burning fire generates a much greater amount of heat than a gas fireplace, I would not recommend using a gas fireplace to burn wood. The firebox and flue pipe itself is not rated to handle the heat produced by a wood fire. You may need to remove the gas fireplace, and re install a true wood burning firebox.
By Ben from Juliette, GA on June 19, 2013
Does anyone manufacture a remote controlled starter for a propane starter under wood logs?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on June 20, 2013
Unfortunately, we do not offer any remote-operated log lighters, only the standard models that must be manually lit. You can see our full selection in the Fire Starters
section on this website.
By rick charlton from Chico, CA on November 21, 2012
Is the Vantage Hearth value line series 42" circulating wood burning fireplace with stamped louvers & full insulation California approved?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 21, 2012
Answer:Typically, open-faced inefficient wood-burning fireplaces such as the Vantage Hearth Value Line series are not permitted for installation in California. We recommend checking with your local building inspector to be sure.
By Billy from Texas on November 10, 2013
I'm looking for a wood burning fireplace for a small mobile home. What is the best recommendation?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 11, 2013
By Udall from Washington, DC on November 20, 2013
I'm looking at purchasing a home that does not have a fireplace. How difficult and costly will it be to put in a woodburning fireplace?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on November 21, 2013
Answer:Depending on the layout of the home, installing a decorative woodburning fireplace is relatively simple. You can either frame it into an existing wall or build a wooden enclosure for it and of course allow for the required chimney pipe to run vertically over the roof. Please browse our selection and let us know if you have installation questions about any of our models.
By John from Clintonville, WI on February 4, 2014
I am looking for a fireplace to install in my living room, build a frame around it, and run an insulated pipe thru the roof. I will need to bring it out from the wall and frame to look like it's built in. I would like to get the most BTU's from the fireplace and be able to have the front open at times to enjoy the fire. What would you suggest for higher BTU's at the best price possible? I would like to supplement our propane furnace. We have a 2000 square foot home. I have seen traditional fireplaces with folding doors on the front but even with a blower I am not sure how many BTUs they put out. I guess I would need a zero clearance or low clearance unit. What do you think?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 4, 2014
Most open faced wood burning fireplaces do not have a listed BTU rating from the factory, as the actual output will vary widely. Fire building skills, type and moisture content of fuel, and height of your chimney will all play key roles. Generally, the taller the firebox, the higher BTU capability of the unit.
One such unit that offers greater heating ability than most is the Monessen WMC WarmMajic Heat Circulating Wood-Burning Fireplace with Black Doors
. The shape of the firebox encourages greater release of radiant heat and the circulating fan helps to increase convection. As such, the fireplace can serve as a genuine supplemental heating appliance. If you have an estimate for the total height of your room and any subsequent floors or attic space above, I can quote a chimney for your needs.
By John from St. Louis, MO on November 28, 2012
What's the difference between a circulating and non-circulating wood-burning fireplace?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 29, 2012
Answer:Circulating fireplaces will have stamped or removable metal louvers above and below the face of the fireplace. Some clean face models will have narrow slits in the top or sides instead. This allows you to equip these units with an accessory blower, which will help to circulate heat from the unit. However, the louvers on this unit cannot be covered.
Non-circulating units will have a continually clean face with no louvers or vents. They can be finished right up to the fireplace opening with noncombustible material. However, these units have no provisions for a fan.
By Michael from Longview, Texas on December 24, 2013
I am building a house that is 1920 sq ft. We are wanting to put in an wood burning fireplace insert. We were wondering if the FMI Bungalow 42" with a rotary blower was a good selection as this unit will be the main heat of the house. Can you help us?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 26, 2013
Answer:Open faced fireplaces, such as the Bungalow, are not intended for use as a primary heat source. These units do provide some immediate radiant heat, but they simply do not have the efficiency to heat such a large space. A controlled combustion appliance, such as a wood stove or sealed wood burning fireplace would be a better choice. These units are more costly, but they will effectively heat your space, even in the coldest weather. Would a free standing stove be an option or must the unit be built in? Please advise.
By Jill from Lake Placid, NY on September 25, 2013
I am looking to buy a fireplace next week. What is the difference between the circulating fireplaces and the radiant models?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on September 25, 2013
Answer:The circulating woodburning fireplaces have louvers above and below the firebox opening. Room air enters the fireplace through the lower louvers and is heated by the fire in the firebox, then the air is circulated back into the room through the upper louvers. These models can utilize a blower fan to force the air out into the room with a little more speed and efficiency. These blowers are usually purchased separately and can be found in the "Accessories" tab on the circulating fireplaces' item pages. Radiant woodburning fireplace models feature a smooth or flush face, and these units do not have louvers or an option to add a blower fan. Heat radiates from the firebox opening into the room. These models can have noncombustible facing such as tile or brick built over the face of the fireplace up to the actual opening, which can create a more contemporary look with only the firebox itself visible.
By Bill from Denison, TX on April 11, 2013
What is the difference between a firebrick liner and a standard refractory firebrick?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on April 12, 2013
Answer:A firebrick liner and refractory firebrick refer to the same thing in most cases. Both descriptions are usually referring to concrete liner panels that are stamped and dyed to give the appearance of real firebrick. On some units, the liner uses real firebricks and mortar, to give the appearance of a true masonry fireplace. FMI's "mosaic masonry" line of fireplaces is a good example of this. These units tend to be more expensive, but do a superior job of radiating heat and offer a better appearance.
By Annette from Dodson, LA on July 20, 2013
We have a wood burning fireplace that is single walled. When we had our chimney cleaned, they told us that it could be dangerous when a fire is lit, if the brick had a crack in it. What can we do to make our chimney safer?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on July 22, 2013
Answer:From your description, it sounds like relining the chimney with a stainless steel chimney liner will be the best option to pursue. We would need more information before we could direct you to a product, including the dimensions of the flue, the dimensions of the fireplace opening and if the chimney is single clay flue tile or chimney unlined brick.
By Diane from Lake Wales, FL on March 25, 2013
Do you have a grate with a blower for a wood burning fireplace?
By Dawn H. on March 26, 2013
By Gita from Denver, CO on February 25, 2014
I just bought a condo that was build in 1982 and has a wood burning fireplace. I don't know anything about it other than it's ugly and big (44"wx41h)! What are my options to make it look nicer and smaller? Thanks
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 26, 2014
Answer:Part of the black metal facing on the unit can be covered with noncombustible material, as long as the louvers are not covered as well. The unit is old enough otherwise that accessories are likely not available for it any longer.
By Tim from Linden, VA on January 25, 2013
I bought the Monessen 44" Biltmore wood burning fireplace from you about a year and a half ago. We love it but have been having a constant smoke-back issue, mainly from the front right of the fireplace. It is pretty much constant. We have an 18' vertical run of double wall CF chimney capped with your Majestic cap, #RLTCF11. It rises 5' about the roof and has nothing near it to impede draft. Our house is old and not air tight, so I know that is not the issue. Cracking a window does not make a difference. We love our fires, but the constant smoke makes us not want to have one. Do you have any ideas? Is this a problem common to the Monessens? Would a vacu-stack or wind-beater make a difference? Any info is very much appreciated. Thank you.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 25, 2013
Answer:I apologize for the smoke spillage you are experiencing with your Biltmore. This is definitely not an issue that is common to the Monessen line, but does not mean it cannot happen. Too short a stack is usually the most common problem, but you are definitely beyond the minimum required height. You mention that the termination is 5 feet above the roof. Is this 5 feet above the peak or just through the roof decking? What is the pitch of the roof? Also, are there any other items running in the house that could compete with the unit, such as a whole house fan or furnace? Please advise at your convenience.
By JP from Russellville, AR on November 17, 2013
What is the difference between the Vantage Hearth value line and performance line?
By Chris on November 17, 2013
Answer:The performance line series of fireplaces are deeper and taller than the value line.
By Carol from GA on June 3, 2013
We need to replace the inside our wood burning Majestic fireplace. What part do we need and how can we determine what we should get?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on June 3, 2013
The components you describe are known as refractory liner panels. These components can be replaced with the original manufacturer panels, if they are still available. Otherwise, universal panels must be cut to fit. Majestic would usually include a model number on the build plate. The plate is usually located on the left or right side of the fireplace, just inside the opening and behind the screens. The other location is below the firebox floor, under the bottom hearth panel. If you are not able to locate the model number, a refractory panel set, such as the Hargrove Replacement Fireplace Refractory Panels - 24 inch X 40 inch - Set of 2
would be the next best option.
By Jack from Cumming , Georgia on October 20, 2013
I would like to put a fireplace in my basement. What is the best bet for function and personality in a finished basement room? Also, how could it be vented?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 21, 2013
Answer:Either a wood burning or gas fireplace could be used for this application. For a good compromise between efficiency and appearance, a closed combustion wood burning fireplace or direct vent gas fireplace can be used.
By Thomas C. from Garner, NC on October 26, 2012
I'm looking for an insert for a wood-burning with fan 43-inch fireplace home built in 1969.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 26, 2012
Answer:With a 43 inch opening, you would be able to use most wood burning inserts that we carry. However, you will also need to know the height and depth of the opening to be certain. Finally, what is the amount of square footage that you would like to heat?
By Jason from Charleston, WV on February 5, 2014
I have a manufactured fireplace in my main living room. This room is 25 by 30 feet with 25 foot ceilings. I was told by a local chimney sweep service that an insert was not an option for this fireplace. I wish to supplement my heat pumps with an efficient wood burning stove (preferably enclosed for safe night burning). There is currently a typical open fireplace. Any thoughts for upgrading this?
The local chimney sweep said I could remove everything (the current chimney is completely safe/ functional just not efficient) to install a new fireplace. They quoted 6-7 thousand if no wood work was needed. Do you have any more economical thoughts?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 6, 2014
If you are not opposed to having an additional appliance in the room, it may be a more economical route to install a free standing stove with a completely separate chimney. This will eliminate the expense of having to remove the existing fireplace and retrofitting the existing chimney for use with a wood stove. In addition, low cost single wall stovepipe can be used in the room, up to the ceiling.
Depending on the brand and model of your existing fireplace, you may also be able to replace it with a closed combustion fireplace, such as the Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace
. If the chimney is compatible, it could be adapted to work with this built in model.
By Matthew from Dallas, TX on November 5, 2013
I currently have a Martin insert firebox Model SA42. I believe it has 8" flues. I am in the process of doing a fireplace remodel and want to convert to an actual wood burning firebox that is larger in capacity size than this box. I want to be able to burn actual wood and have a box that is larger than 36" in width and deeper than 13" (I believe that is the measurement). Is this possible without changing the flues? As per the contractor that will do the job, changing the flues requires removing/repairing walls and the cost is exorbitant. What information can you provide for me?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 6, 2013
Answer:Unfortunately, changing the firebox will also require changing the Class A chimney piping in this case. In some instances, the existing chimney can be reused, if a larger box is available from the same manufacturer that uses the same chimney.
Martin is no longer in business and while their chimney system was the same diameter as other brands, the attachment method to the box is different. Class A chimney is very brand specific and is only listed for use with particular units. As such, it cannot be modified and mixing with other brands will void the warranty of the fireplace and cause issues if a problem should every arise requiring insurance involvement. I apologize for the bad news and wish there was away around this scenario.
By Josh from Powers, Michigan on November 17, 2013
We have an area that is 5 1/2 feet wide where we would like to install a wood burning fireplace. We want it to help heat our home but also be able to open it up like an old fashioned inefficient fireplace.
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on November 18, 2013
By Mark from Altamonte Springs, FL on April 16, 2013
Where can we find someone to install our wood burning fireplace?
By Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on April 16, 2013
Answer:For your reference, you may use the NFI (National Fireplace Institute) website to locate a local certified installer in your area. Their website is www.nficertified.org. Once there, just click on the "Public" link on the right hand side and enter your zip code.
By Steve on November 9, 2012
We are looking at building a stone wood burning fireplace. Is a flue required in the construction of the chimney? This seems like a silly question I suppose but the flue really adds to the cost.
One other thing: can we use stone veneer in the construction of the fireplace? It that safe?
on November 9, 2012
Answer:If you are building a traditional, full masonry fireplace, the flue would be normally constructed of terra cotta flue tiles. These clay flues are sometimes re-lined with a flexible liner years later if the integrity of the flue is compromised. Another option is to build in a pre-fab or metal firebox that takes advantage of manufactured chimney pipe. This fireplace would be framed into your wall and you could finish the outside of it with any material that you'd like - including stone or brick. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
By Lance on November 9, 2012
I am remodeling my house and I would like to remodel my fireplace. It is a wood burning fireplace that looks similar to the FMI Bungalow - Builder 36 Inch Circulating Wood Burning Fireplace.
I would like to find a fireplace that has a bottom flush with the hearth and the sides and top as flush with the mantle opening as possible. I don’t want any of the metal case to show. Or, I would like the minimal amount to show. My opening is 36” and I would like it to remain able to burn wood. What can you recommend?
on November 9, 2012
Unfortunately, this particular model will not be ideal for your needs, as you cannot build over the louvers (the top and bottom vents). However, this model is available with a "smooth face," which has no louvers and can be covered all the way to the opening with noncombustible material. Please see that model here:
36 Inch Radiant Wood Burning Fireplace - Smooth Face
However, that model does not have a floor that can be flush with the hearth. The only such wood burning fireplace we offer with that would be this model:
Floor Level Wood burning Fireplace
Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
By Ryan on November 9, 2012
I am building a new cabin and have a couple questions on a fireplace. We are looking for a large, wood burning fireplace. We would like it to be at least 42”. Local jurisdiction requires an EPA Phase 2 fireplace. Do you sell anything like this? Also, can you put a blower on a wood burning fireplace?
on November 9, 2012
Indeed, we have a few 42" wood burning fireplaces. Among those are some that accept blowers. However, these are all classified as open-faced zero-clearance fireplaces that are not EPA certified. These units are simply not tested to efficiency standards.
Phase 2 appliances would only be closed combustion units like a free standing stove or insert. However, only a few in our inventory carry the stricter Phase 2 certification. These apply to the state of Washington primarily. Please follow the below link to view one of our options:
Phase 2 option
By Laura on November 9, 2012
We have A Black Bart Model #3200 fireplace stove insert. We need to replace it because the wiring has dry-rotted and we would prefer an insert that we can see the flames. The measurements that we have from our fireplace are: 36 in W, 30 in H, 22 in bottom depth, and 14 in top depth. Can you recommend models that might fit?
on November 9, 2012
Per your fireplace dimensions, you could fit many of our wood burning inserts. However, to get the most bang for your buck, I'd recommend our Napoleon 1101. This unit is very efficient and reliable. Also, it includes all pieces needed for installation. There is no need to add a surround or door kit:
By Cheryl on November 9, 2012
I am building a new model home. I have decided not to build a conventional brick fireplace and go the route of a zero clearance wood burning fire place insert. The unit will be located in a 20’ X 13’ family room. I will not be using the fireplace as a primary source of heat but would like it to throw some heat into this room by means of a blower and be attractive looking. Could someone make a recommendation on what I might consider? As for the chimney, I was just going to frame a wood chimney box and would need to also consider how the fireplace will be vented.
on November 9, 2012
Please see some of our recommendations for wood-burning fireplaces:
Woodburning Fireplace 1
This unit comes complete with black cast iron doors and a blower system with speed control. It takes SK8 pipe, and you can see these parts in the "Venting Components" tab.
Woodburning Fireplace 2
This fireplace comes with two blowers and is a very efficient unit. It takes 6" class A chimney pipe, and our recommendations are listed in the "Venting Components" tab on that item page.
Woodburning Fireplace 3
This model does not come with a blower, but one can be found in the "Accessories" tab on the item page linked above.
We have several other models available, and you can see them all, including direct vent gas fireplaces, here:
By Valerie from Port Angeles, Washington on October 26, 2013
I need a zero clearance wood burning corner fireplace unit with a fan to blow heat into the room and with doors. I have an existing free standing unit that I want to replace as I do not want to look at the stack going up. I want to have a hearth and a mantel. When I look at your website I'm not sure which are usable for my situation. If they are pictured without doors can you add doors? If they say fireplace, does that mean zero clearance for installation where no firebox already exists and not an insert?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 28, 2013
You are correct that the units listed as a fireplace can be built into a wooden enclosure, as opposed to a fireplace insert, which must be installed into an existing masonry or prefabricated fireplace. Almost all models can be equipped with doors, but I can check availability for any unit you are interested in. To clarify your installation, are you looking for a unit that is designed as part of a corner, such as the Vantage Hearth Corner 36 Inch Radiant Heat Louver Faced Wood Burning Fireplace with Left Side Open
or a model that is built into the corner of a room, as is done with this
unit? Obviously, the last example is a corner mantel, but building into the corner of the wall is along the same idea.
By Doug on November 9, 2012
I'm looking for a wood fireplace for a new construction: zero clearance, blowers, prefer a least 24” wood, need to be able to burn with doors open and probably non-cat because I read you can’t burn scrap wood in a cat stove. What would you recommend? It needs to be high quality. I will be putting it in a 1700 square foot camp with a lot of windows.
on November 9, 2012
In the field of wood burning fireplaces, our selection ranges from builder grade to high efficiency. The high efficiency units operate more like a traditional wood stove and require the doors to be closed during operation. This is how they obtain such high efficiency. The builder grade units are more affordable and do not require the door for proper operation. However, they truly only heat the room in which they are located. They are not designed to heat an entire home.
Please follow the below link to find a good middle of the road product. The WarmMajic by Majestic includes all the accessories on your list. While this package includes doors, they may be open or closed during operation.
By Patrick on November 9, 2012
Is the Victorian Hearth 301 Zero Clearance B Vent Firebox wood-burning?
on November 9, 2012
Answer:This firebox is intended for B-vent gas burning applications only. It is also intended to be used as an enclosure for any of the Victorian Hearth decorative surrounds/facings. The decorative surrounds push back into the 301 firebox, which provides a fire safe enclosure for the gas coal and log baskets that the Victorian Hearth products can use.
By Robert on November 9, 2012
We are searching for a small fireplace insert: 20” wide and 20”deep. The height of our fireplace can accommodate up 29”. Is there any insert in the marketplace this small?
on November 9, 2012
Answer:Unfortunately, we do not currently offer a wood-burning insert that fits your dimensions. The smallest insert we carry requires a firebox width measurement of 25".
By Braxton Gardner from Williamston, NC on December 20, 2012
We have a modular home and it has a fireplace that I feel needs to be replaced. I would like an insert, even if I have to reframe the wall. Any suggestions? The firebox is 36" W and 22" H.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 21, 2012
By Carl on November 9, 2012
I have a Superior BR-36 fabricated fireplace. Its efficiency is like 10%, and I want to replace it with a high efficiency unit (wood burning fireplace) with at least 75% efficiency. I’d like it to fit in place of the existing unit, but don’t want to have to do an entire remodeling job. And lastly, it needs to have glass doors so I can see the flame. What do you recommend?
on November 9, 2012
Many prefabricated wood burners, such as this model, are indeed very inefficient and are intended mainly for looks. We do carry several sealed combustion would fireplaces that function more like a wood stove and can use outside air for combustion, which further enhances their efficiency. One such model that is very popular can be seen here:
This unit would fit in your existing space, but would require the width of the opening to be closed in just a bit. These models have a tendency to be narrower, as they have a smaller firebox to enhance efficiency of the combustion process. Also, this unit will require a different chimney system to be installed, as the unit that you have now uses a manufacturer specific air cooled system. The chimney can usually be accessed fairly easily, once the existing unit has been removed.
By Elyse on November 9, 2012
Are there wood burning fireplaces that can go between 2 rooms so they are see-thru?
on November 9, 2012
By Billy Wooldridge from Cleburne, Tx. on February 28, 2014
We are building a house. We are looking for a woodburning fp with the ability to pull room air thru the fireplace and exhaust it as heated. You got something like that?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 3, 2014
One of the best appliances that we carry for this purpose is the Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace
. This appliance features a pair of 100 CFM rotary blowers that pull cooler room air into the unit and circulate it around the inner chassis, forcing the now heated air back into the room.
The unit also has a couple of additional options for heat distribution. The first is a passive heat register system that allows you to use a pair of ducts to vent rising heat from the unit to adjacent rooms. The second is a forced air distribution system that includes a powerful in line blower system that can force air to adjacent portions of the house or into the plenum of your central heating system, adding to its efficiency. In real world scenarios, the unit can be expected to heat approximately 2,500 square feet in this way.