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

    List Price: $1,239.99
    Sale Price: $1,007.10
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    Product Details
    Manufacturer: Empire
    Part Numbers: VFD26FP20LN,, VFD26FP20LP
    eFireplaceStore Item Number: CUI-VFD26FP20L
    UPCs: 720968991058,, 720968991065


    • 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.

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    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
    13 Questions & 13 Answers
    from Ada, OK asked:
    March 19, 2019
    How much distance is safe below a 6 inch mantle?
    1 Answer
    For a 6" mantel projection, you will need 8 3/4" of distance from the top of the fireplace to the bottom of the mantel shelf.
    Submitted by: Brennan W. on March 20, 2019

    from UT asked:
    July 30, 2017
    Can the inside of the firebox be painted?
    1 Answer
    Yes, providing you use a high heat rated stove paint such as stove bright.
    Submitted by: Owen on July 31, 2017

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

    from San Francisco, CA asked:
    December 15, 2016
    What is the thermal efficiency of unit?
    1 Answer
    Ventless hearth systems are 99% efficient as there is no heat loss.
    Submitted by: Will M. on December 15, 2016

    from Danville, Va asked:
    October 9, 2016
    Can you install a blower on this model?
    1 Answer
    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.
    Submitted by: Will M. on October 10, 2016

    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 Answer
    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.
    Submitted by: eFireplaceStore on November 30, 2015

    from GA asked:
    September 16, 2015
    Does this Empire Vail 26 Inch vent-free gas fireplace require any electricity?
    1 Answer
    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.
    Submitted by: Chris C. on September 17, 2015

    from Warminster, PA asked:
    August 16, 2015
    What is a modulating hydraulic thermostat?
    1 Answer
    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.
    Submitted by: Brennan W. on August 17, 2015

    from Colchester, VT asked:
    May 22, 2014
    Does this use propane or natural gas?
    1 Answer
    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.
    Submitted by: eFireplaceStore on May 22, 2014

    from Pine Hill, NJ asked:
    March 10, 2014
    Is there no option for a remote with this model?
    1 Answer
    The valve system that this unit utilizes does not allow the use of a remote control.
    Submitted by: Chris on March 10, 2014

    from Thornwood, NY asked:
    November 13, 2013
    Can this unit be installed in a wall with an enclosure built outside?
    1 Answer
    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.
    Submitted by: Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 13, 2013

    from NJ asked:
    September 15, 2013
    Would this be able to be wall mounted or does it need the mantel?
    1 Answer
    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.
    Submitted by: Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist on September 16, 2013

    Randolph J
    from Box Springs, GA asked:
    November 15, 2011
    On this unit will the flames touch the logs?
    1 Answer
    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.
    Submitted by: Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 15, 2011

    Customer Reviews
    7 Reviews
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    100% Recommend this product (7 of 7 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 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 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 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 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.

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