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    Empire Vail 26 Inch Vent-Free Gas Fireplace with Modulating Hydraulic Thermostat

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    Product Details
    Manufacturer: Empire
    Part Numbers: VFD26FP20LN, VFD26FP20LP
    eFireplaceStore Item Number: CUI-VFD26FP20L
    UPCs: 720968991065, 720968991058


    • Compact design is ideal for small rooms and tight spaces
    • Realistic Flint Hill log set with glowing embers
    • Efficient Contour burner produces up to 20,000 BTUs
    • Built-in modulating hydraulic thermostat
    • Requires no venting
    • Comes with matte black hood, frame, and louvers
    • 5-year limited warranty
    • Actual Dimensions: 26" W x 30 1/4" H x 13 1/8" D
    • Framing Dimensions: 30 1/2" W x 30 3/4" H x 13 1/4" D
    * Please 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.

    *Also Note: This Model Cannot Be Used With An Optional Remote Control Or Wall Switch/Wall Mount Thermostat. A Rotary Knob Is Located On The Unit To Control The Temperature Setting.

    This Vail 26 Inch Special Edition Vent-Free Gas Fireplace is truly an all-in-one solution for people with a little less room in their homes. The compact design of this fireplace is perfect for smaller rooms and tight spaces, the setup requires no bulky venting, and the efficient Contour burner cranks out up to 20,000 BTU's of power.

    This unit is also easy to install and features a built-in modulating hydraulic thermostat for easy operation. It includes a realistic Flint Hill log set with glowing embers and a matte black hood, frame, and louvers. You'd be hard-pressed to find an appliance with a more professional, more finished look.

    You can also count on the 5-year limited warranty that this fireplace includes. That adds long-term peace of mind to what is already an unbelievable home heating package.

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    Customer Questions & Answers
    26 Questions & 26 Answers
    from UT asked:
    July 30, 2017
    Can the inside of the firebox be painted?
    1 Answers
    Yes, providing you use a high heat rated stove paint such as stove bright.
    on July 31, 2017

    from PA asked:
    March 11, 2017
    What square footage will this unit heat?
    1 Answers
    This unit is rated at 20K BTUs, so it will heat up to 100 Sq. Ft.
    on March 13, 2017

    from San Francisco, California asked:
    December 15, 2016
    What is the thermal efficiency of unit is it greater than 60%? 20,000 BTU input?What is output into room?
    1 Answers
    Ventless hearth systems are 99% efficient as there is no heat loss.
    Will M.
    on December 15, 2016

    from Godley, TX asked:
    October 17, 2016
    Do I have to purchase the mantel? I have a Pro Com Fireplace now and the pilot will burn, but it will not ignite. We have an individual who builds fireplaces and services the gas fireplaces. He said we would have to replace it. I do not want a new mantel, just an insert. We have been pleased with the unit we have except for the length of service. We have only had it 6 years and now have to replace it. Is it possible to get a recommendation for an individual who can see if it really does need to be replaced? Thank you.
    1 Answers
    The mantel is not required for this Vail 26" model; you can certainly purchase the fireplace by itself. We do not offer specific recommendations for an installer, but you may call local HVAC and plumbing companies for advice.
    Tyler M.
    on October 17, 2016

    from Danville, Va asked:
    October 9, 2016
    Can you install a blower on this model?
    1 Answers
    Yes. The optional blower is shown under "Popular Accessories for this Item." Please note that you will also need to purchase and install the Empire Wire Extension Kit for FBB4 Variable-Speed Blower.
    Will M.
    on October 10, 2016

    from Springfield, MO asked:
    October 7, 2016
    Our power went out not too long ago, as did the pilot light. I turned off the switch on the gas just to be safe; how do I go about getting the pilot light back on?
    1 Answers
    The lighting instructions for your unit can be found on page 17 of the unit's product manual, linked here.
    Brennan W.
    on October 7, 2016

    from MI asked:
    June 9, 2016
    Can I get a corner cabinet to go around this unit?
    1 Answers

    from CO asked:
    November 29, 2015
    Does this Empire Vail 26 inch vent-free gas fireplace with modulating hydraulic thermostat fit into the wall or can it be mounted on the wall?
    1 Answers
    This unit is designed to be built into the wall only. Framing dimensions for the installation are listed in the owner's manual located on the item page for this unit.
    on November 30, 2015

    from Lenox, MA asked:
    October 5, 2015
    Can this Empire Vail 26 inch vent-free gas fireplace with modulating hydraulic thermostat be set up to run on propane gas? We do not have natural gas where I live.
    1 Answers
    This fireplace is available for purchase either for use with natural gas or propane. Please select "Propane" in the "Choose Fuel Type" menu below the pricing information to order the unit for use with propane.
    Tyler M.
    on October 5, 2015

    from GA asked:
    September 16, 2015
    Does this Empire Vail 26 Inch vent-free gas fireplace require any electricity?
    1 Answers
    This fireplace does not require any external power source to operate. If you were to add the optional blower, 110V power would be necessary to operate the blower, but the fireplace would still operate and provide heat in the event of a power outage.
    Chris C.
    on September 17, 2015

    from Warminster, PA asked:
    August 16, 2015
    What is a modulating hydraulic thermostat?
    1 Answers
    The hydraulic thermostat is located behind the lower louver assembly and allows you to have the unit come on and off to maintain a desired temperature.
    Brennan W.
    on August 17, 2015

    from Tucson, AZ asked:
    October 3, 2014
    Can this model be used in a bedroom?
    1 Answers
    There is a 10k BTU limitation for vent free appliances. As such, the correct version of this appliance to use is the Empire Vail 10,000 BTU Vent-Free Natural Gas Fireplace - 26" - VFD-26-FP30L10N. While the size and log set is the same, the unit will have a smaller main burner orifice to allow it to conform to the BTU limitation.
    on October 6, 2014

    from Berea, OH asked:
    October 2, 2014
    Does this unit not have a mantle? I am interested in this size of vent free natural gas fireplace but I do need a mantle.
    1 Answers
    This unit is available as a special edition version with a mantel included. An example is the Empire Vail 26" Vent-Free Special Edition Natural Gas Fireplace with Wooden Mantel - Nutmeg. We also offer another, larger mantel that can be used with this model. In addition to purchasing the unit without the mantel, you could purchase the Empire EMBF11S Standard Wooden Mantel Cabinet with Base - For 26" Vail Fireplaces. This mantel is larger than the special edition version and features different styling.
    on October 3, 2014

    from Republic, PA asked:
    September 25, 2014
    Will this unit fit my fireplace with an opening of 28 1/2" W by 30 1/2" H by 20 1/2"D?
    1 Answers
    While you have plenty of depth, the width and height will need to be expanded slightly. This unit requires 30 1/4 inches of width and 30 3/8 inches of height to fit properly.
    on September 25, 2014

    from Milford, CT asked:
    September 6, 2014
    Can I add doors to this unit?
    1 Answers
    Several of the larger models in the Vail series of vent free units offer decorative screen doors, however this 26 inch model does not offer that option. I apologize for the inconvenience.
    on September 8, 2014

    from Colchester, Vermont asked:
    May 22, 2014
    Does this use propane or natural gas?
    1 Answers
    This unit is available in both fuel types. You will need to select the fuel type needed from the drop down selection box that is located just beneath the pricing information.
    on May 22, 2014

    from Pine Hill, New Jersey asked:
    March 10, 2014
    Is there no option for a remote with this model?
    1 Answers
    The valve system that this unit utilizes does not allow the use of a remote control. The comparable unit that allows the use of a remote control can be seen here.
    on March 10, 2014

    from Redding, California asked:
    February 15, 2014
    We are building a 700 sq.ft. addition to our home for my parents. We are looking at direct vent fireplaces, this is a vent free fireplace. What is the difference, and would this work as a corner unit? Does it have a blower? How does the thermostat work? We have natural gas.
    1 Answers
    Vent free fireplaces are designed to use combustion air from the room and return all heated air back to the space. They burn cleanly, but can cause issues for anyone with a sensitive nose or allergies. They are also not legal for use in California. For a primary source of heat in an addition, the direct vent model would be a better choice, as no combustion air is used from the room and air quality is not affected. Like the vent free, direct vent models offer accessory blowers and can be controlled by a wall thermostat or remote.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 17, 2014

    from Pittsburgh, PA asked:
    December 10, 2013
    From what I read it doesn't appear that I need to add any additional accessories, is that correct? It appears that it is the firebox, hood, logs, and embers. I take it that the inside of the firebox is a flat black finish and is not required to have the ceramic brick accessory. Can you give me any other information on this and confirm my findings?
    1 Answers
    This unit is indeed complete and does not require any additional components to be installed. The ceramic liner panels that are offered are purely for appearance purposes with this model. The unit has an internal thermostat that can be set to modulate the temperature within the room, making it an effective supplemental heater.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on December 10, 2013

    from Thornwood, NY asked:
    November 13, 2013
    Can this unit be installed in a wall with an enclosure built outside?
    1 Answers
    Certainly. I recommend insulating the enclosure and lining the interior with either drywall or fiberboard to help in keeping cold air from bleeding through the fireplace and into the room when it is not in use.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on November 13, 2013

    from Verdi, NV asked:
    November 11, 2013
    We want a propane fireplace to place in a guest suite that is approx 1,000 square feet. This would be the only heat source for that room. Would this be the appropriate fireplace to use in this space?
    1 Answers
    With a 20,000 BTU burner, this model will not be quite sufficient for heating your 1,000 square foot area. We recommend a larger version of the Vail vent-free fireplace, such as the Vail Premium Vent-Free Natural Gas Fireplace with Remote Ready Controls and Blower - 36" - VFP-36-BP31LN. The blower included with that unit will help maximize the efficiency of the 36,000 BTU burner.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on November 12, 2013

    from NJ asked:
    September 15, 2013
    I don't have an existing fireplace, would this be able to be wall mounted or does it need the mantel?
    1 Answers
    This model can be framed into a wooden enclosure or installed inside a cabinet mantel, such as the Empire EMBF11S Standard Wooden Mantel Cabinet with Base.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on September 16, 2013

    from Comanche, OK asked:
    December 24, 2012
    My mantle opening is 27" wide x 31 " tall and 12" deep. Although there is a vent, I had it closed due to wasted heat escaping through the vent. I had the free-standing New Englander removed because the thermostat didn't work and replacement parts were not located. Will this fireplace just slide in the opening, or will I need a firebox or other sort of wall protection?
    1 Answers
    While a manufactured unit such as this Vail fireplace could be installed into an existing cabinet/mantel, there must be sufficient clearances. The framing dimensions required for this unit to fit are 30 1/2 inches wide by 30 3/4 inches tall, making it slightly too large for your opening. You could go with the smaller version of this unit, which is the Vail Vent-Free Natural Gas Fireplace - 24 Inch. This unit is small enough to fit your application and can be finished out with a noncombustible trim of your choosing.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on December 26, 2012

    from Ronald washington.Total off thr grid. asked:
    September 13, 2012
    I'm inquiring about a vent-free propane fireplace - 40,000 BTU. How does ths work without being vented and not causing carbon dioxide posing?
    1 Answers
    Vent free fireplaces operate very cleanly due to their highly engineered burner assemblies which burn their fuel supply completely. They do not produce carbon monoxide and the amount of carbon dioxide produced is negligible. This being said, they function best in larger rooms, as the heat output from the unit can render smaller spaces a bit stifling. These units have a BTU limit of 40,000, in order to keep the amount of oxygen used from within the home to acceptable levels.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on September 14, 2012

    Randolph Johnson
    from Box Springs Ga. asked:
    November 15, 2011
    On this unit can the flames touch the logs? I know on some they say the flames can not.
    1 Answers
    The flames on this unit will not touch the logs. This is to ensure complete combustion and prevent problems with carbon monoxide and soot. While some vent-free appliances may have minimal contract with flames and logs, the vast majority are going to avoid that altogether to prevent any potential issues with incomplete combustion.
    Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
    on November 15, 2011

    Randolph Johnson
    from Box Springs Ga. asked:
    November 12, 2011
    I am wanting to use in a corner. I have a bay window which is 28 inches from the corner to the edge of my windows. Can this be done?
    1 Answers
    This installation is definitely possible. These units only require a clearance of 2" to combustibles on either side. Your window will not be affected.
    Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist
    on November 14, 2011

    Customer Reviews
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    93% Recommend this product (14 of 15 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 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 Michael from Murray on November 26, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    Couldn't be more pleased
    The fireplace came shipped by fed ex. The driver was most helpful and we unloaded in minutes. The installation was easy and we where as warm as a pop tart in minutes. This is a product I would recommend for any need to bring more heat to a area. Just need to add the fan and we will be set.
    ProsQuick shipping easy to assemble
    ConsWe should have ordered the fan with the fireplace
    By Veda from Alabama on August 16, 2015
    I would recommend this item to a friend.
    I absolutely love my new fireplace
    My husband of 59 years and I moved to our little lake house recently. We had wall heaters and even though they kept us warm, we were not happy with the look. We wanted our livingroom to be more inviting and it really is now. This fireplace makes it look like something out of a magazine. It takes a lot to impress someone my age, but this really does it. The customer service department were a great help to me. I'm so thankful I found this company and this wonderful fireplace.
    ProsIt looks just like it was built in.
    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
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    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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