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    Empire 48" Profile Wooden Mantel with Standard Trim - Primed - MFL-48-PG

    List Price: $309.99
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    • 48" flush mantel with standard trim
    • Constructed with cabinetry-grade materials
    • Matching solid wood trim and full 3/4" moldings
    • Comes in primed hardwood
    • Perfect for remodeling or new construction
    • *Requires owner-supplied tile, stone, or other non-combustible surround
    • Dimensions (in inches):
      • Mantel Top Shelf Width:  72 1/2 in.
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    Product Details
    Manufacturer: Empire
    Part Number: MFL48PG
    eFireplaceStore Item Number: CUI-MFL48PG
    UPC: 720968916709


    • 48" flush mantel with standard trim
    • Constructed with cabinetry-grade materials
    • Matching solid wood trim and full 3/4" moldings
    • Comes in primed hardwood
    • Perfect for remodeling or new construction
    • *Requires owner-supplied tile, stone, or other non-combustible surround
    • Dimensions (in inches):
      • Mantel Top Shelf Width:  72 1/2 in.
      • Mantel Top Shelf Projection from Wall:  6 5/8 in.
      • Overall Height Including Mantel Shelf:  54 1/4 in.
      • Exterior Surround Width:  60 1/2 in.
      • Interior Fireplace Opening Width:  48 in. (46 3/4 in. with trim)
      • Interior Fireplace Opening Height:  40 in. (39 5/8 in. with trim)
      • Mantel Top Shelf Height:  5 1/4 in.
    Empire has created in their 48 Inch Profile Wooden Mantel with Standard Trim a product that is capable of adding that element of grandeur to your fireplace that you might feel is lacking. Designed to really give your living room a hearth that will make your guests stare with admiration, this product will enhance the appearance of your fireplace as well as increase significantly the value of your living room in a way that is satisfactory to your entire family.
    Customer Questions & Answers
    23 Questions & 27 Answers
    from Baltimore, MD asked:
    October 11, 2017
    Does this product come in a smaller size?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, we do not carry this mantel in a smaller size.
    Brennan W.
    on October 11, 2017

    Kay Woon
    from Foster City, CA asked:
    December 17, 2016
    My current fireplace dimensions are: Inside: 36" wide by 30" high. The surrounding tiles / Outside dimension: 60" wide by 41 1/2" high. Would this mental work for me? Can I cut the legs down to give e a better proportion?
    1 Answer
    While the height of your tile is not an issue, the exterior width is 60 1/2" and this would not be wide enough. The Empire 52 Inch Profile Wooden Mantel with Standard Trim - Primed - MFL-52-PG would be more appropriate and you may be able to shorten the legs somewhat to ensure the 42" opening height will cover the top edge of your tile.
    Will M.
    on December 19, 2016

    from MI asked:
    December 30, 2015
    Can this Empire 48" Profile wooden mantel with standard trim come with no primer? I would like to stain it to match my floor?
    1 Answer
    The unfinished variant of this same mantel can be seen here. With this model, you would be able to stain it on site to match the floor.
    Chris C.
    on December 31, 2015

    from Largo, FL asked:
    March 28, 2015
    Can you clarify the dimensions on the Empire 48" and the 52" fireplace mantel models? It shows that the mantel is wider, 72.5", on the smaller (48") mantel versus, 71.5", on the larger (52") mantel. Is this correct?
    1 Answer
    This is correct. While the mantel shelf width is actually an inch shorter for the 52" model, the interior width and exterior width of the lower portion will be wider than the 48".
    Brennan W.
    on March 30, 2015

    from Port St. Lucie, FL asked:
    January 15, 2015
    How do I measure my fireplace to see if I need the Empire 48" or 52" trim size? My existing metal trim measures 46" in width on the outside and 42" width on the inside. I am assuming that the 52" size would be needed to provide enough overhang for my mantel. Am I correct?
    1 Answer
    That is indeed correct. Ideally, you would want at least 3 to 4 inches on either side of the outer surround before you encounter the mantel legs. The 52 inch would be suitable for your application.
    on January 15, 2015

    from Virginia, VA asked:
    December 3, 2014
    Does the surround come with this mantel?
    1 Answer
    This mantel is indeed the complete assembly with the mantel shelf as well as the legs on both sides of the fireplace opening. Please note that the tile shown in the photo continuing from the fireplace opening to the interior edges of the mantel is not included.
    Chris C.
    on December 4, 2014

    from Sacramento, CA asked:
    October 26, 2014
    Can this mantel be put over a stone fireplace?
    1 Answer
    It can indeed. However, you may need to shim the mounting cleat in order for the shelf to fit properly.
    on October 27, 2014

    from Austin, TX asked:
    June 22, 2014
    Is the primed finish really white as shown in the photo?
    5 Answers
    The unit will indeed come with a thin coating of white primer. Paint can be applied directly without the need for any additional preparation.
    on June 23, 2014
    Yes. Here is a photo of what it looks like on mine.
    on June 24, 2014
    from CA
    It is white, primer obviously. 2 coats of paint are needed for a nice finish. Very happy with it overall.
    on June 24, 2014
    from Connecticut
    I bought unfinished, and my husband applied primer twice and turn out really bright white and pretty. I love it.
    on June 24, 2014
    from Maryland
    Yes it is.
    on June 25, 2014
    from NYC

    from Elgin, IL asked:
    May 9, 2014
    What materials do you recommend for the space between the fireplace opening (the insert) and the wood surround shown in your ad for the Empire 48" Profile wooden mantel?
    1 Answer
    We recommend using any noncombustible material common in such installations, such as tile, marble or stone.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on May 9, 2014

    from Anchorage, Alaska asked:
    February 5, 2014
    How much does this item weigh?
    1 Answer
    This surround assembly has a weight of 44 pounds.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 6, 2014

    from NY asked:
    November 9, 2013
    What is the return depth? Our stone is 1 1/4 inches from the wall. Would it work with this mantel? Also our fireplace is about 36 inches in opening height. Do you think we will be able to cut the bottom of the mantel to match it?
    1 Answer
    The legs of this mantel can indeed be cut down in height if needed to accommodate shorter fireplace openings. The legs for this mantel project from the wall by approximately 3/4 of an inch, but the entire mantel can be built out further from the wall if needed to accommodate for greater stone depth.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on November 11, 2013

    from Peyton, CO asked:
    October 17, 2013
    Is this a surround fireplace mantel?
    1 Answer
    Indeed, this mantel surround includes the mantel shelf, the breastboard, trim, as well as the two fluted sections on the left and right sides running vertically. For a better illustration, please view the installation guide.
    on October 17, 2013

    from New York, NY asked:
    September 28, 2013
    My fireplace is surrounded by slate. Can the mantel be installed on slate?
    1 Answer
    A mantel can indeed be installed upon the slate, as long as the slate surface is fairly smooth with no more than 1/4 inch in projection irregularities.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on September 30, 2013

    from NC asked:
    September 7, 2013
    We are looking to redo our fireplace but I am having some difficulty trying to figure out a mantel kit that will work. I have attached a picture below. We are hoping to lower the mantel, so that is why I am interested in the 48" one. We will have to keep the step, as we do not want to have to redo the floor. We plan on redoing the green tile though. The width of the step is 53.75" The gas insert is 36" . Will this work?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, the hearth and tile surround of your current setup is narrower than the manufactured wooden surrounds we carry. As such, the surrounds would need to be narrowed by having a finish carpenter shorten the breast board. This will likely be your best option. Another option would be to widen the hearth when you redo the tile, but by the appearance of it, this could crowd the door and window molding.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on September 9, 2013

    from NC asked:
    August 25, 2013
    Is this price for just the mantel or the whole kit (side beams that go to floor)?
    1 Answer
    This price is indeed for the complete mantel--the shelf, the breastboard, and the legs.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on August 26, 2013

    from Gwynedd Valley, PA asked:
    January 22, 2013
    What size unit fits in this mantel? We are interested in vent free propane.
    1 Answer
    A 36" vent-free unit, such as this Vail Premium Vent-Free Propane Fireplace with Remote Ready Controls - 36 Inch would look nice surrounded by custom non-combustible facing (not included) and this mantel.
    Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
    on January 22, 2013

    from Bethlehem, PA asked:
    October 19, 2012
    I'm very interested in the Empire 48" and 52" models. What is the width of the extension (leg) of the surround section?
    1 Answer
    Each fluted leg extension is approximately 6 inches in width. This measurement is taken without any finishing trim added.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on October 22, 2012

    Betty Bielinski
    from CA asked:
    September 30, 2012
    Can I get a catolg and locations for your company?
    1 Answer
    I'm sorry, but we are an online-only retailer with no brick-and-mortar locations. We do not have any printed materials available either, as all of our information is posted on the website.
    Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
    on October 1, 2012

    Pat Juarbe
    from East Stroudsburg PA asked:
    September 18, 2012
    My mantel measures 73 inches. I like the Empire but I need it a little larger. Do you have this to my specifications?
    1 Answer
    We do have a larger version of this same Empire shelf. Please have a look at the Empire 72" shelf. This item measures out to be 72 1/2" in width, so it is nearly as large as you require.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on September 19, 2012

    from California asked:
    September 13, 2012
    I have a wood burning fireplace with gas. I would like to convert to a product that is permanent with no messy clean up. What do you recommend?
    1 Answer
    You have a couple of options. You could either look into putting some gas logs into your existing fireplace or perhaps a gas insert if you have a masonry fireplace. Please also take a look at our Gas Logs Buying Guide and Fireplace Insert Buying Guide for additional information.
    Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
    on September 14, 2012

    Charlotte King
    from Fort Smith, AR asked:
    May 8, 2012
    We are looking for a fireplace mantle complete set that measures at the widest 52 inches on the top mantle piece. Do you have anything with this measurement?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, the mantel assemblies that we currently carry have a much wider overall mantel shelf width than you require. It may be necessary to have a carpenter or cabinet maker construct a narrower shelf for your needs, as it seems you are looking for a non standard size.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on May 8, 2012

    from ga asked:
    March 19, 2012
    We are installing a fireplace insert the measurements are 40in wide and 34in high,don't know which one would look the best the 48 or 52. Which one do you think would look the best?
    1 Answer
    Typically, you will want to have at least 6 inches on either side of the fireplace so that the surround does not appear to be crowding it. This being the case, I would recommend up sizing to the 52" version of the surround so that your installation looks more proportional. This will also allow the use of more finishing material to show around the outside edges of the fireplace.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on March 20, 2012

    from redmond, or asked:
    December 11, 2011
    Does this mantel come in black, espresso, ebony?
    1 Answer
    This mantel is only available with a primed finish or as an unfinished unit. You may find the unfinished version by clicking the Accessories tab on this item page.
    Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist
    on December 12, 2011

    Customer Reviews
    22 Reviews
    64% (14)
    23% (5)
    5% (1)
    9% (2)
    0% (0)
    82% Recommend this product (18 of 22 responses)
    By Kristin from NJ on August 13, 2017
    Decent, But Extremely Difficult to Put Up
    As many reviews have mentioned, it is extremely difficult to put up. The directions are incredibly vague. There were several points where we thought about abandoning the entire project, but we already had created holes in the wall and decided to push on with it. We originally used the screws and nails provided, but found they were way too weak to support the mantle,and anchor the mantle to the wall securely. After several trips to Lowe's for larger screws, mollies, and longer nails, we finally managed to get it up. It looks nice now, but it took 12 hours of working on it, and a few arguments between my fiance and I to get it done, so I can't say for certain that I would recommend this product.
    ConsHard to follow instructions. Poorly functioning hardware.
    By Andrea from Norwalk on December 7, 2016
    You get what you pay for.
    This was a relatively inexpensive fireplace mantel surround kit we found online. We followed the instructions perfectly but all of the cleats were too weak to hold the included screws. When we screwed into the wood the cleats were made of it just split directly down the center causing them to be unusable. We managed to utilize old wood we had in the house instead. The mantel itself and the trim is fine, just the fact that the rest of the wood provided was not usable is the reason why we are giving it 2 stars.
    ConsCleats are not strong enough for the screws provided.
    By Joseph from Parlin on December 8, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Excellent price and item
    Works really well and heats up room pretty fast.
    By Virginia from Ohio on September 8, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Very nice for the money
    Dressed up our flush fireplace great. You couldn't buy all of the lumber needed to do it on your own for this money. Easy to insall
    By CMB from Waldorf, MD on June 29, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Awesome mantel for an unbeatable price.
    Awesome mantel for an unbeatable price. Perfect addition to our living room. According to my husband, installation was a bit tricky and the mantel needed a little extra reinforcing to make more sturdy. I would suggest getting the already primed one so it saves you a step. All you need to do is add a coat of white paint and you have yourself a beautiful centerpiece.
    ProsSize in description is accurate, material is high quality
    Consbetter installation instructions
    By Gordon from New York on March 13, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Mantel Kit
    Great value. More than basic skills needed to assemble. This is my second unit. Looks great. Would recommend to anyone. Order fulfillment was very good too.
    By Larry Burton from Little Rock, AR on December 9, 2014
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Excellent Product
    The mantel arrived two days after I ordered it. It only took a few hours to get it up and then only a short time to paint, since it was already primed. We couldn't be happier with this mantel. The price, compared to others we looked at, is incredible...and we got free shipping. I highly recommend this product--and the company.
    ProsArrived quickly, everything included, looks super.
    ConsIt didn't put itself up 😄
    By Larry from Little Rock, AR on November 25, 2014
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Very Pleased
    The mantle arrived in perfect shape and right on time. It is now installed, painted, and looking as if it had always been there. We are very pleased.
    By Patricia from South Windsor, CT on November 11, 2014
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    prompt delivery
    Our fireplace mantel was delivered on the day it was promised and in good condition. The assembly was not as easy as expected as the instructions were a bit confusing. All and all the mantel has made a significant difference in our living room.
    ProsBeautifully made. Prompt delivery, and great condition.
    ConsNot the best instructions
    By Joe Turner from Ohio on June 2, 2013
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Good Quality, Good Price
    We purchased this mantel as a decorative upgrade from our previous floating mantel. We were pleased when our purchase arrived sooner than expected. Assembly took only two hours since we added new tile and surrounding floor area. A few screws were missing, but I had some that worked just as well. The result is a gorgeous addition to our living room! The only thing I wish were different is the depth of the mantel. Otherwise, we are very happy.
    By Albert Reed from Alabama on March 3, 2013
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Just What I Wanted
    My new mantel looks great--it is exactly what I wanted.
    By Stephen Washington from South Dakota on November 24, 2012
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Looks Professional
    Having this mantel primed and paint-ready made the installation and finish easy and quick. Though I am not a professional, the mantel looks as though it were professionally installed.
    By Joy from Franklin, KY on January 17, 2012
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    48" Mantel--Primed
    We are very pleased with this mantel. We love how it looks. It arrived earlier than expected and was undamaged in any way. I give it 4 stars for the following reasons. It did take us quite a while--including a call to customer service--to figure out which pieces go where. The instructions include directions for several models but are not model specific, so it often lists pieces or directions that don't go with your particular model, but you don't know if you need to skip the step or if a piece is missing. We had a carpenter friend install this for us, and he beefed up some of the mounting pieces. He did not think it was wise to mount it with only what was included. Overall, very pleased with the final product. The directions need help though.
    By Jerry Richardson from Kansas on December 29, 2011
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Great Looks
    The assembly directions for this mantel were clear and easy. Once I put it together, I was amazed at how great it looks.
    By Clarence Powell from Connecticut on September 24, 2011
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Improved Looks
    Now my fireplace looks much dressier with its new mantel.
    By Cheryl Brooks from Colorado on June 17, 2011
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Looks Custom Made
    This mantel exceeded my expectations in quality and price. Though the assembly directions were not included, I easily found them online and installed the mantel quickly. It looks as though it were custom made!
    By Samuel Lee from South Carolina on May 17, 2011
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Perfect Fit
    I can recommend this product wholeheartedly because it is beautiful, well made, and fits beautifully.
    By John Gallo from on February 17, 2011
    Review for
    Relatively easy to install. Looks great. Decent quality. Directions a little confusing...But, an over all great value.
    By mommadukes from on January 13, 2011
    Review for
    As far as looks are concerned, the mantel deserves a FIVE star rating. Delivery also deserves five stars. When it came to putting it together though, it was missing screws which made assembly difficult. Another fault was that the holes were not drilled in the proper places. I bought this for my daughter and son-in-law as an early christmas gift, and it caused them alot of aggravation to have to go out and find the correct screws and start drilling into the mantel in order to put it together. I must say though, the finished product is exquisite and well worth the money!
    By Ernest Peterson from Delaware on October 11, 2010
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    For New Home
    Although we had subcontracted most of the work for the completion of our new home, we decided to order this mantel which we found online. It was easy to install and we are very pleased with the results. We made a trim modification using wood instead of the tile shown in the picture. We are very pleased.
    By Edward King from Georgia on November 23, 2009
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Dresses Up Insert
    After an easy installation, we were very pleased at how this mantel made our insert look. Plus, there's plenty of shelf room! I would certainly recommend this to anyone.
    By Earl Long from Arizona on November 6, 2009
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Easy Assembly
    Fifteen minutes after unpacking the box, I had this mantel installed. The quality of the materials is great, and I love the way it looks around my fireplace!

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