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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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