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    Empire 48" Profile Wooden Mantel with Standard Trim - Unfinished - MFL-48-UH

    List Price: $279.99
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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 unfinished 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: MFL48UH
    eFireplaceStore Item Number: CUI-MFL48UH
    UPC: 720968916693


    • 48" flush mantel with standard trim
    • Constructed with cabinetry-grade materials
    • Matching solid wood trim and full 3/4" moldings
    • Comes in unfinished 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:  46 3/4 in. (48 in. with trim)
      • Interior Fireplace Opening Height:  39 5/8 in. (40 in. with trim)
      • Mantel Top Shelf Height:  5 1/4 in.
    Empire realizes that the process of finishing your hearth can not only be a draining one but also one that is a little bit frustrating. In order to prevent either of these scenarios from happening, they have designed the 48 Inch Profile Wooden Mantel with Standard Trim to help give your fireplace a truly breathtaking appearance. Since it comes Unfinished, it provides for you the opportunity to customize it to better fit in with its surroundings so that you have a hearth that is completely integrated with your living room.
    Customer Questions & Answers
    20 Questions & 20 Answers
    from MI asked:
    October 6, 2017
    Do you suggest paint or stain application with this product?
    1 Answers
    This mantel is designed to be either stained or painted.
    Brennan W.
    on October 6, 2017

    Raj. Opal
    from Las Vegas asked:
    December 22, 2016
    My gas fireplace is bare, with a white tile surround measuring 53 3/4" wide and 38 1/2" high. Should I order your 48" profile mantel surround that comes unpainted for $225 pr do you suggest some other model?
    1 Answers
    The mantel legs may need to be shortened as the opening height is 39 5/8, but the width would be correct.
    Will M.
    on December 23, 2016

    Dave Mulvahill
    from Niceville, FL asked:
    December 6, 2016
    I need a 67" mantel. How much is that with the lower section and not the legs (mantel and lower board only)?
    1 Answers
    We do not offer a product matching this description.
    Will M.
    on December 6, 2016

    from Aurora, CO asked:
    January 12, 2016
    This Empire 48" Profile wooden mantel with standard trim stands on the floor, correct?
    1 Answers
    The mantel legs would indeed rest on the floor for flush-faced installations like what is depicted in the product image.
    Will M.
    on January 12, 2016

    from Tacoma, WA asked:
    December 13, 2015
    What kind of assembly is required for this Empire 48" Profile wooden mantle with standard trim?
    1 Answers
    This product will include one wall and two surround cleats for attaching the mantel shelf and front facing. This is detailed in the installation manual.
    Will M.
    on December 14, 2015

    from Baltimore, MD asked:
    November 25, 2015
    My fireplace currently is surrounded by 12" x 12" marble tiles. My hearth (including tile) is 60.5" x 45.5". Would this Empire 48" Profile wooden mantel with standard trim surround work with my current marble tiles?
    1 Answers
    This mantel will indeed work well for your application. The outsides of the mantel legs will be flush with the edges of your marble tiles, requiring no shimming. The top of the shelf will end above your tiles, so a pine board will need to be used to shim the gap. The thickness of the board will need to be the same as the projection (thickness) of the marble tiles.
    on November 27, 2015

    from Chesapeake, VA asked:
    October 19, 2014
    How wide are the side pieces and how deep is the mantel shelf? Also, how tall is it from the floor to the shelf?
    1 Answers
    The mantel side legs measure 6 inches in width, while the mantel shelf has 6 5/8 inches of depth. The height from the floor to the underside of the mantel shelf is 49 inches.
    on October 20, 2014

    from Berlin, CT asked:
    May 28, 2014
    Have a fireplace opening on a brick wall (width 36 inches, height 31 inches). Will this mantel and surround be compatible with this opening?
    1 Answers
    This surround will indeed offer proper clearances to your fireplace opening.
    on May 29, 2014

    from New Jersey asked:
    April 26, 2014
    For Empire 48", the width of the shelf is 72", which is the same as that of Empire 52", is this true? I expect the shorter shelf for Empire 48".
    1 Answers
    Per the manufacturer, the top shelf width is 72 1/2 inches wide for both the 48 and 52 inch versions of the profile surround. The mantel legs are simplly spread a bit further out along the shelf on the 52 inch version.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on April 28, 2014

    from Hampton, NH asked:
    February 25, 2014
    Does this mantel come with the side pieces/trim around the stone area?
    1 Answers
    This mantel does come with perimeter trim pieces that run the entire length of the interior of the assembly. If the unit is overlaid on existing tile or stone that causes it to stand out from the wall, it will be necessary to add additional trim to the outside legs to conceal any resulting gap.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 25, 2014

    from San Diego asked:
    February 25, 2014
    What does "Standard Trim" mean?
    1 Answers
    Standard trim is referring to the trim sections included that are designed to run around the interior of the mantel opening. The trim is not decorative or fluted and consists of simple rectangular trim sections. The sections are small and can barely be seen just inward of the mantel legs in the photo.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 25, 2014

    from Massachusetts asked:
    February 16, 2014
    I need a mantel shelf which is no more than 66 inches wide. Do you have this in the Empire style or do I need to have one custom made?
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, we do not currently offer a narrower version of this surround. The only option would be to cut the surround shelf, remove a given length of material, then splice the shelf back together and finish the joint with filler and paint.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 17, 2014

    from Bloomsbury, NJ asked:
    October 5, 2013
    Is it possible to get the Empire 48 inch Profile Wooden Mantel, MFL -48UH which has a 70-72" width in a size that isn't as wide? I have a gas fireplace in a master bedroom. The fireplace itself has a 36 inch wide opening, and is 23 inches high, but I can only have a mantel with a max width of about 60 inches. I love the fact that it is unfinished.
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, this style is not available in a narrower size. The surround could be narrowed by using a bevel cut to remove the necessary material from the breastboard. The cut could then be concealed when finishing the surround.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on October 6, 2013

    from MD asked:
    August 16, 2013
    Does this mantel come in a smaller size or do you carry smaller size fireplace surrounds? I'm in need of one in order to give my small bedroom ambiance.
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, this mantel is not available in a smaller size, nor do we carry a decorative, non model specific surround that is smaller than 48 inches in width. Because of the design of this mantel, it would be possible for an individual with wood working experience to cut the mantel down to a smaller size. It is relatively simple to shorten the legs by cutting material from the bottom of each side, but a bevel cut would need to be made to shorten the breast board and shelf. I recommend working with a finish carpenter if you pursue that route, as they will be able to conceal the cut.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on August 19, 2013

    from Brandon, FL asked:
    July 15, 2013
    Is this an option that will allow a 70 to 80 inch big screen TV to sit on top of the fireplace without being mounted to the wall in any fashion?
    1 Answers
    While it is possible to install a television above many of our fireplaces, none are listed and/or approved for that particular purpose. The reason is that it is simply impractical for the fireplace manufacturers to test their units under all the various television models on the market. A direct vent gas fireplace would be your best option, since vent-free units have more heat pouring out the top of their openings. You can see our full selection below: Direct Vent Fireplaces
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on July 16, 2013

    Dick Herbert
    from East Hampton, NY asked:
    February 1, 2013
    Does this unit come in a 42-inch version?
    1 Answers
    This profile mantel is only available in 52 and 48 inch varieties. However, the mantel could be narrowed by cutting the breast board and top shelf. Material could be removed from the end of the breast board and the shelf could be shortened by cutting it in two, removing the necessary length, and mitering the two halves together again.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 4, 2013

    from Michigan asked:
    December 16, 2012
    The directions on how to install the mantel are not very clear. Are there only two nails that fasten this mantel to the wall? Is there a suggestion for another way of installing it?
    1 Answers
    Per the instructions, there are a total of eight drywall screws and numerous finishing nails that must be used to assemble/install this product. A pair of screws must be used to attach each leg cleat to the breastboard. You must then use 4 additional screws, 2 on each side, to attach the assembly to the wall. Once this is completed, the decorative legs, plinths, and trim must be attached using finishing nails. If assembled in this way, the assembly should be very sturdy.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on December 17, 2012

    from Chicago, IL asked:
    August 18, 2012
    Can I stain this? If I do, will it look similar to white oak or paint only?
    1 Answers
    This profile mantel is designed to be either paint- or stain- ready. If a clear stain is used, the item will have a finished appearance that is closer to red rather than white oak.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on August 20, 2012

    Tim Dykstra
    from Lewiston, MI asked:
    June 29, 2012
    What type of hardwood do you use for the unfinished mantel? Do you have a pine version?
    1 Answers
    This product uses an Asian hardwood, which has a similar grain pattern and general appearance to American White Oak. Almost all of our mantel surrounds and shelves are constructed of the material, for ease of sanding and finishing. We do not offer the product in a pine variant.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on July 2, 2012

    from Charlotte asked:
    February 15, 2012
    What kind of wood is the mantle?
    1 Answers
    Empire builds each of their mantels from 3/4-inch fine-furniture grade cabinetry components, including MDF wrapped in select hardwood veneers.
    Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist
    on February 15, 2012

    Customer Reviews
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    100% Recommend this product (10 of 10 responses)
    By Dave from CA on February 23, 2017
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Fireplace Mantel
    Turned out perfectly for our fireplace.
    ProsEasy to install.
    By Donna from Acworth on December 26, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    looks fantastic
    Looks really expensive
    By Lee from Largo on November 22, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Great Product
    The product was shipped with no damages and arrived two days early. It is exactly what we were looking for. Very happy.
    By Philip from MILTON on November 8, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Nice surround/mantel
    I was able to stain it. Looks good
    ConsInstructions need improvement
    By Dale from United States on May 1, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Great mantel turned out better than expected
    Great mantle! I used MINWAX PolyShades Bombay Mahogany Satin, layed a thick coat with a soft stain brush, used black granite 12" x 12" as the suround, and cut it to size with a diamond saw. Put together perfectly.
    ProsEasy to assemble, comes with instructions, and a great price.
    By Bill from Ohio on January 29, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Great buy
    very easy to install a teenager can do it. All family and friends were so shocked how great it looked and some are thinking of having me do theirs too
    Prosbest price and easy to paint.
    ConsNo cons. If you can understand and read pictures like a child can you can put it together with no problem.
    By Sherry from Stafford, VA on March 12, 2014
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Great Product for a Great Price!
    I try to do things myself when I can and was thrilled when I put this mantle together by myself. It's exactly what I had wanted and looks great all put into place and painted.
    ProsI put this together and up by myself, so it can be a one person job. It did not take very long to do either once I figured out what piece of wood was what. It looks gorgeous and was a great price.
    Cons The only cons I have are that the instructions were a little vague as to what piece of wood was what, but I figured it out. Also, the finishing nails were hard to get into the wood. But overall I am very happy w/the quality of this product and the way it looks once together.
    By Ed Sebs from Chicago Area, IL. on December 25, 2013
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Really Nice Addition to Our House.
    Excellent for the price. I did a lot of research and was concerned it would be particle board and / or cheap looking. Wrong on both concerns.
    ProsAll Wood. Good proportions Easy installation.
    By DONNA from NEW MILFORD, CT on February 11, 2012
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    The product was extremely easy to work with (per my husband) and the outcome was fantastic. We have recommended this product to several friends.
    By Stephen Messer from Mountain Green, UT on December 4, 2011
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Great Bargain on the Profile 48 in Wooden Mantel
    This mantel was the best looking and most economical I found during my internet search for this item. It arrived on time in excellent condition. The wood was easy to stain and we were able to install it in less than two hours.... I'm not that much of a handyman and I appreciated the straight forward instructions that came with the mantel. All in all, for this type of mantel, I think it was a very good deal.
    ProsThe price was right. Easy to install. Looks great in our downstairs family room.
    ConsNothing. This mantel was an exceptional bargain.

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