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    Empire Vail 26" Vent-Free Special Edition Natural Gas Fireplace with Wooden Mantel - Nutmeg - VFD-26-FM30-NN

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    Product Details
    Manufacturer: Empire
    Part Number: VFD26FM30NN
    eFireplaceStore Item Number: CUI-VFD26FM30NN
    UPC: 720968991225


    • 26" gas fireplace and wooden mantel combination with nutmeg finish
    • Features realistic Flint Hill log set and efficient 20,000 BTU contour burner
    • Includes matte black hood, frame, and louvers
    • Requires no venting
    • Equipped with remote-ready millivolt controls
    • Reliable standing/piezo ignitor
    • Easy and rapid installation
    • Comes in Nutmeg finish
    • Natural gas and propane models available
    • Specifications: 41" H x 39 1/2" W x 14 5/8" D
    • 5-year limited warranty
    * Please Note: Shown With Custom Nutmeg Finish.

    *Also Note: This item is a vent free appliance and installation of it may be prohibited in your jurisdiction. Customers are responsible for checking local codes and regulations prior to purchase.

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    Vail wants you to know that if you own a gas fireplace, then they have the item that you need to install to make it look really nice. The 26 Inch Vent-Free Special Edition Natural Gas Fireplace with Wooden Mantel comes with Nutmeg finish, giving yo you a hearth that is extremely inviting and one in which many memories will be made while you and your friends have gathered around it to sit back and relax.
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    Customer Questions & Answers
    30 Questions & 31 Answers
    from Chandlerville, IL asked:
    October 24, 2018
    What is the shipping weight of the fireplace?
    1 Answer
    It is 154 pounds.
    Owen O.
    on October 24, 2018

    from Margate, NJ asked:
    February 12, 2018
    Is the heater unit available without the mantle piece?
    1 Answer
    Yes, the 26" Vail fireplace can be purchased separately, without the mantel. It can be found by searching part number VFD26FP30 on our site.
    Tyler M. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 12, 2018

    from Long Island, NY asked:
    February 8, 2018
    Does this come in a corner model? And do you have something in a darker wood tone?
    1 Answer
    While the "Special Edition" Vail 26" package does not offer a corner configuration, you can get the Vail 26" fireplace itself and pair it with a separately-purchased corner mantel in a dark oak, cherry or nutmeg finish. Please see here for details on the mantel options: Empire Mantels . Please note, the Vail models are also available in 32" and 36" sizes. For a quote, please reply with your size and mantel finish preference, your fuel type (natural gas or propane) and advise on your choice of optional accessories (such as interior brick liner, blower, remote control, etc.).
    Tyler M. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 8, 2018

    David R
    from Lebanon, PA asked:
    January 14, 2018
    I have read that it is not recommended to install a TV above a ventless gas/LP fireplace - is that correct?
    1 Answer
    The main concern is that you are getting almost a hundred percent of the heat billowing from the unit and anything above the opening tends to get a lot of that heat. It is important to utilize a mantel to shield electronics from heat, also a blower in your fireplace can help to direct that heat into the room.
    on January 15, 2018

    from Mansfield PA asked:
    January 6, 2018
    Can this unit be manually lit in the event of a power outage?
    1 Answer
    Yes. In fact, this model is equipped with a millivolt/standing pilot ignition, so the pilot will always be on and the unit can be lit from there either manually (with a knob on the unit) or with a wall switch, remote control or wall thermostat.
    Tyler M.
    on January 8, 2018

    Robert J
    from Decherd, TN asked:
    December 6, 2017
    Do you sell a 10,000 btu vent-free natural gas fireplace with wooden mantel?
    1 Answer
    Yes, in fact, we sell a very similar 26" Vail model with a 10,000 BTU burner that can be paired with a flat wall or corner mantel cabinet. The mantel cabinet is available in a variety of finishes - white, nutmeg, cherry, oak, dark oak, or unfinished oak.
    Tyler M.
    on December 6, 2017

    from Tuckerton, NJ asked:
    October 25, 2017
    Can this unit be installed directly over carpet, since there is space between the firebox and the floor?
    1 Answer
    It is not recommended that the unit be installed on carpet, even with the mantel, for the purpose of making sure the unit is completely stable.
    Brennan W.
    on October 25, 2017

    from Louisville, KY asked:
    October 16, 2017
    What sized area does this fireplace heat?
    1 Answer
    This fireplace can heat approximately 500 square feet.
    Tyler M.
    on October 16, 2017

    from NY asked:
    July 22, 2017
    In the summer, do I need to shut it completely off? Or, can I keep the pilot going?
    1 Answer
    Most users will indeed extinguish the pilot light for the spring and summer months, but that choice is certainly up to you.
    Tyler M.
    on July 24, 2017

    from MO asked:
    April 6, 2017
    Does it have a wall thermostat?
    1 Answer
    This will not arrive with a wall thermostat, but an optional wired or wireless wall thermostat may be ordered separately. These options are shown under "Popular Accessories for This Item" on the product page for the item in question.
    Will M.
    on April 6, 2017

    from Indiana asked:
    October 17, 2016
    Will this run without electricity in case of a power outage? Thank you.
    1 Answer
    Yes. The standing pilot valve system that is part of this appliance ensures that it does not need outside power to operate.
    on October 18, 2016

    from Roseburg, OR asked:
    December 17, 2015
    Is this Empire Vail 26" vent-free special edition natural gas fireplace with wooden mantel ANSI certified?
    1 Answer
    This appliance is design-certified to the ANSI Z21.11.2 standard for Unvented Room Heaters.
    Will M.
    on December 18, 2015

    from Warren, ME asked:
    September 8, 2015
    Does this Empire Vail 26" vent-free Special Edition natural gas fireplace with wooden mantel work without electricity?
    1 Answer
    This unit does not require electricity. Electricity will be required, however, if you install a blower with this fireplace.
    Brennan W.
    on September 9, 2015

    from Port Byron, IL asked:
    May 22, 2015
    Does this Empire Vail 26" vent-free special edition gas fireplace and wooden mantel have another top for use in a corner?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, no. This special package edition is only available with a flat wall style of mantel cabinet.
    on May 22, 2015

    from Wrightstown, NJ asked:
    April 21, 2015
    Does this Empire Vail vent-free fireplace come with a blower/fan?
    1 Answer
    While they do not come with a blower, one can be purchased for it. The blower is available under the "Accessories" tab on the item's page.
    Brennan W.
    on April 21, 2015

    from Montague, NJ asked:
    December 4, 2014
    On what side of this fireplace is the gas supply?
    1 Answer
    The gas supply should be placed on the right hand side for this model, 7 1/2 inches back from the face of the mantel opening.
    on December 4, 2014

    from Williamsville, KY asked:
    October 28, 2014
    Is this fireplace energy efficient? Will it heat a small, 1,000 square foot home?
    2 Answers
    Because of its vent free construction, the heater is 99 percent efficient and can heat 550 square feet of space on average. As is the case with all vent free heaters, the item should be used for supplemental heat only.
    on October 28, 2014
    Yes, absolutely! I have a 1500 square foot home with cathedral ceilings, I never turn my furnace on and last year I got by with less than 800 gal of propane gas. I have had mine since 2002 and use it every year.
    on December 7, 2014
    from Missouri

    from Guelph asked:
    October 26, 2014
    Will this natural gas fireplace work during a power outage?
    1 Answer
    It will indeed. The unit does not require power to operate, as it has a standing pilot.
    on October 27, 2014

    from Drexel Hill, PA asked:
    September 17, 2014
    I was told that the vent free models are not safe for anyone with any kind of breathing symptoms. Is that true?
    1 Answer
    Vent-free appliances are not recommended for homeowners with any respiratory issues. For greater detailed information, please refer to our Gas Fireplace and Stove Buying Guide.
    Chris C.
    on September 17, 2014

    from Colorado asked:
    April 28, 2014
    Can this unit be installed on existing carpet floor, or should the carpet be removed?
    1 Answer
    This fireplace cannot be installed directly on carpet. We recommend either removing the carpet (assuming a concrete slab is underneath) or simply using a sheet metal spacer measuring the width and depth of this fireplace on top of the carpet before installing this fireplace.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on April 28, 2014

    from Morgantown asked:
    December 19, 2013
    Where is the gas connection? Is the amount of heat adjustable?
    1 Answer
    The gas line connection for this model is ideally made on the left hand side of the unit. This model does indeed have a high/low adjustment that allows you to adjust BTU output between 10k and 20k.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on December 19, 2013

    from Arkansas asked:
    October 19, 2013
    Could a widescreen TV be placed on top of this mantel?
    1 Answer
    The mantel in this package deal is indeed strong enough to support a widescreen television. The television should be pushed as far back as possible to prevent rising heat from damaging it.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on October 21, 2013

    from Lowell, MA asked:
    September 4, 2013
    Does this come with an electric blower?
    1 Answer
    No, this fireplace does not come with a blower.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on September 4, 2013

    from Chesterton, IN asked:
    March 7, 2013
    Does this unit have a glass panel over the screen?
    1 Answer
    No, this vent-free fireplace has a fixed screen but no glass panel.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on March 7, 2013

    from Madison, NJ asked:
    November 11, 2012
    Can the flame be adjusted in height?
    1 Answer
    The flame can be adjusted in height at the valve. However, the remote operation will be on/off only.
    Magan B.
    on November 12, 2012

    from Madison, NJ asked:
    November 11, 2012
    Does this come complete with blower, everything included?
    1 Answer
    While this package does include the fireplace and the wooden mantel, a blower is not included.
    Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
    on November 12, 2012

    Syed M
    from Brampton, ON asked:
    October 22, 2012
    How many BTU's on this unit? Does it have a blower?
    1 Answer
    This unit has a BTU rating of 20,000. A blower is not included.
    Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
    on October 22, 2012

    from Minnesota asked:
    September 25, 2012
    Can this unit be installed as a corner unit or does it need to be on a flat wall?
    1 Answer
    This particular unit could technically be installed into a corner. However, the mantel's flat back would not provide for a very aesthetically pleasing installation.
    Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist
    on September 25, 2012

    Suzanne P
    from MI asked:
    January 7, 2012
    What are the dimensions on this unit?
    1 Answer
    The dimensions for this unit are located in the item features section and are as follows: 41" H x 39 1/2" W x 14 5/8" D These measurements are for the far most points on the cabinet itself.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on January 9, 2012

    from Lamesa, TX asked:
    November 5, 2011
    Can this be moved from one room to another as long as it is connected to natural gas?
    1 Answer
    It can indeed be relocated from room to room. However, due to it's BTU rating it cannot be installed in a bedroom.
    Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist
    on November 7, 2011

    Customer Reviews
    14 Reviews
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    93% Recommend this product (13 of 14 responses)
    By Daniel from Beals, MI on July 4, 2017
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    A Great Addition to Our Home
    We recently purchased a ventless propane fireplace for our new sunroom so that we could enjoy it all year round. The Empire 26 was a great choice and looks great on the raised platform; we prepared to feature it as the focal point of the room. The only disappointments are that it was not equipped with a remote and the flame control level shows little difference from low to high, making the flame pretty much the same all the time. All in all, we are very happy with our purchase, the ease of the transaction, the speedy well-packaged shipping to the door, and the quality of the product.
    By JOE from dunnegan on May 16, 2017
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Best price online
    Very easy to install , plus the free shipping
    By Penny from NY on April 25, 2017
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    As always from this store, my 2nd fireplace is as great as my first for this house. My total purchases for 2 homes is 4. I'm very very satisfied with the fireplaces.
    ProsEasy installation. Customer service great. Whenever I needed assistance the help desk was there with the answers, including when I misplaced my instructions for programming, they walked me through it. Two of my friends have made purchases as well. They, too, are very pleased.
    By Paul from VESTAVIA on January 4, 2017
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    A quality gas log fire place
    Easy to order from experienced technicians. Fed Ex delivery man was great. He delivered created box to carport to inspect, well packed,then helped my neighbor carry 200 lb. fire place inside house. Easy to put together. Recommend brick liner and remote. Technician will walk you through any questions. This fire pace is beautiful. The wood mantel and logs look great. I helped a friend buy a gas log insert in town at a local dealer and my fire place looks just as good as the $3,000 unit and easier to install. The Empire Vail 26" looks just like the picture but better in your own house. The gas logs look real and the flame is beautiful. The logs are 20" in the front and 16" in the back of the fire place. Rated five stars because it is.
    ProsEasy from the get go, to the end. The technicians are there for you if you need help.
    By Michael from Keyport, NJ on March 2, 2016
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Exceptional Service
    Recently ordered a new gas vent-free fireplace for my kitchen. I did a lot of research and eFireplaceStore offered the greatest selection and prices. I placed my order on a Sunday and by Wednesday, 3 days later I had my new fireplace. The item was packed well and I had no problem assembling and installing the unit. I ordered a great amount of items online and sometimes companies can't promise what they say. eFireplaceStore delivered on all that they said they would. Great experience.
    By Jim from West Mifflin on January 7, 2016
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Good value
    Great service product arrived with in a week. Support team was excellent with help on installation
    ConsSmell from the gas
    By Carol from Las Vegas Nevada on January 17, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Great addition
    Am really enjoying my vent free fireplace. It was not difficult to put together although some of the directions were a little confusing. Puts out a great deal of heat, without a blower.
    By Eileen from Ramsey, NJ on December 10, 2014
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    looks good
    I did receive the fireplace earlier than expected that was good. Nothing was damaged. It works great. Finished product looks good.
    By Cindy S. from Indiana, United States on December 6, 2014
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    We love it!
    We have had the fireplace for a little over two weeks, and we absolutely love it. It was incredibly easy to install and set up. It easily and reliably turns on when the temperature changes. The fire is attractive and very, very warm while the top mantle stays cool. It is very attractive with nice details and decorative touches.
    ProsWell constructed. Attractive. Reliable. Warm!
    ConsNone that we can think of at this time.
    By Linda from Beech Island, SC on November 3, 2014
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Perfect addition!
    We bought this as a gift for my son's family. It was installed earlier this week and already in use. They love the fireplace. Not only is it beautiful but it is very functional. I am sure they will love it for many years to come. It arrived within a few days after it was ordered. We are 100% pleased with the whole process.
    By Kim from Pennsylvania on December 16, 2013
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Vent-Free Natural Gas Fireplace
    Very nice keeps the house nice & cozy
    ConsKind of expensive compared to other natural gas fireplaces
    By Dee from Virginia on December 27, 2012
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Heats Like Crazy
    After researching vent free gas fireplaces for a couple of months I chose this one. I wanted white and one that was not too big or too small and this is just the right size. I have a small 50 ish cottage and by the end of the day the low setting is heating the whole house. The electricity went out for about a hour and it sure was nice to have heat! I had professionals install it so I can't comment on that issue.
    ProsBeautiful, simple design and a nice size. It looks like a quality product that beongs in the house.
    ConsWould like the flame to be a bit higher sometimes but it really doesn't distract from pleasure.
    By BB from Manchester, Maryland on September 4, 2011
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Beautiful Fireplace
    We ordered this fireplace on line. It was a little scary with a large purchase as this. We had a perfect experience with delivery in 4 days, the entire order including thermostat was the right one for our fireplace thanks to the man who called us to tell me the correct one to order. (Tyler). We had it installed and are all set for the first frost in Maryland. Thanks efireplacestore. BB
    Prosvery impressive for the size, Nutmeg is a beautiful color.
    By Dawn from on December 23, 2010
    Review for
    This is the best part. Everything together in one piece. Beautiful product. Using it everyday. Heats the whole first floor of my house!

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