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    Direct Vent Gas Fireplace Inserts

    Are you looking to increase the efficiency of your fireplace? Direct vent gas fireplace inserts are the most popular option. Vented gas fireplace inserts burn cleanly and directly vent the exhaust out of the chimney. The Empire Innsbrook Large Direct Vent Gas Fireplace Insert with Millivolt Controls is one of our best sellers at efireplacestore.com. It comes with a beautiful heat resistant front viewing window along with a 30,000 BTU Slope Glaze Flair Burner that creates flames of varying heights. This model also comes complete with realistic ceramic fiber logs as well as a built in silent blower that will help circulate the heat in your home. This particular model has both propane and natural gas options and comes complete with a 3-year warranty.
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    26 Questions & 25 Answers
    Margarita
    from Atlanta, GA asked:
    November 19, 2012
    Can you tell me about BTU's in direct-vent fireplaces?
    1 Answers
    BTU is an acronym for "British thermal unit", and it is a measurement of heat produced by burning fuel. The general rule of thumb is 35 BTUs heats one square foot; therefore 35,000 BTUs = 1,000 square feet of heating area for a 100% efficient appliance. Because direct vent appliances vary in efficiency, the heat output will vary as well. For example, if you have a direct vent appliance with a BTU input rating of 28,000 and an efficiency of 78%, you will need to divide that input rating by .78 to determine the actual BTU output. The output for this appliance is then 21,840 BTUs in total, which then leaves us with the ability to heat approximately 620 square feet.
    Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
    on November 19, 2012

    Russell
    from CA asked:
    April 16, 2017
    I have an older Superior Dr-500. The entire insert is 36" tall and 40" wide, top vent up through roof. The system has a very meager flame which cannot be increased using the air shutter. Given the age of the unit, I wonder if I should repair or replace it. What is best? I suspect the Honeywell gas valve requires replacing. The Honeywell electric pilot seems to work fine. Ideally, I want a gas insert with an electric pilot that puts out heat as well as flame.
    1 Answers
    I would normally advise that a service call may be the best route in order to extend the life of your fireplace, but this model has a Honeywell valve that is no longer available. If a local technician decided that the best course of action will be to replace the valve as it sounds as though it may indeed require replacement, the only option will be to replace the entire system anyway, so you could spare the expense of a service call and just look into replacing the entire fireplace as replacing the valve would likely not rectify the issue with low flame height. However, I will recommend paying close attention to the product literature for any replacement fireplace you are considering as hearth manufacturers are more concerned with the fullness of the flame and flame appearance than they are with flame height. Proper combustion via the proper inlet gas pressure, air shutter adjustment and vent design will result in the most realistic flame aesthetic and max Btus for any direct vent hearth system out there. Too high of a flame can be an issue as it will create a dirty burn. If the flame shows any black tipping resulting from excessive gas pressure without the proper amount of oxygen provided via the (primary) air shutter or (secondary) venting, the inner combustion chamber (glass and valve components) will develop a buildup of soot, leading to operational issues with the fireplace. Also, the exterior wall of a structure may show this sooting if the air to fuel mixture is not proper for the fireplace.
    Will M.
    on April 17, 2017

    Nick
    from Egg Harbor City, NJ asked:
    January 30, 2017
    I am looking for a gas, vented insert that fits 25 1/4" (W) x 23 1/2" (T) x 12 3/4" (D).
    1 Answers
    We do not offer any direct vent inserts that could be installed in a fireplace opening with these measurements.
    Will M.
    on January 31, 2017

    Nancy & Michael Bainter
    from Pacific Grove, CA asked:
    December 29, 2016
    Do we order and then hire someone from the fireplace store to install the insert? We have both an electrical outlet next to the 'key' to our gas fireplace that is tile framed with a tile hearth that we sit on from time to time. So, should we order an electric insert or a natural gas insert with blower? Which is easier to install, and who should install it?
    1 Answers
    To find an installer in your area go to www.nficertified.org.
    Owen
    on December 30, 2016

    Mike Altz
    from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma asked:
    November 16, 2016
    I currently have a brick fireplace with gas logs. I would like to convert it to an insert. Would direct vent require me to cut a hole in the brick chimney or is there a way to vent it out the top? What is used as a power supply for the blower. Would I need regular 120V run to the insert?

    David
    from Oakland, MD asked:
    October 8, 2016
    What is the AFUE efficiency?
    1 Answers
    The efficiency will vary depending on the model selected.
    Will M.
    on October 10, 2016

    Kenneth
    from Courtland, VA asked:
    September 24, 2016
    I am very interested in purchasing a direct vent gas insert. I was just wondering, can I purchase an insert without a blower? I have no electrical outlet in my fireplace.
    1 Answers
    Direct vent gas fireplaces will have a blower as a standard feature. This is because of the design disadvantage of an insert having most of the chassis in the fireplace and behind the surround. The blower helps to pull heat from the chassis that would otherwise accumulate in the fireplace opening behind the surround. That being said, the blower does not have to operate as part of the design. It could simply be left idle.
    eFireplaceStore
    on September 26, 2016

    Mark
    from MA asked:
    June 12, 2016
    I'm building a house and interested in putting in a couple of gas fireplaces. We would like the vented type but can you tell me what kind of venting is required? How big does it need to be? Does it have to be vertical?
    1 Answers
    You will not find a suitable model in the "fireplace insert" category in question because these models may only be installed into an existing masonry or prefabricated wood burning fireplace. You will need to select a Direct Vent Fireplace and no, these fireplaces do not have to be vented vertically and may be vented completely horizontally out of the rear or horizontally with a minimum rise off the top.
    Will M.
    on June 13, 2016

    Tom
    from MD asked:
    January 27, 2016
    What is the best/easiest direct vent fireplace insert model to replace a Superior Natural Gas Model DS-36TN in terms of easy installation?
    1 Answers
    The fireplace and venting components are no longer in production, so I would simply recommend choosing a replacement with framing dimensions equal to, or slightly less than, the current framing dimensions of 36" W x 39" H x 15" D. Unfortunately, the venting will need to be replaced as well. One of the 33" Superior Direct Vent Fireplaces would be my suggestion.
    Will M.
    on January 27, 2016

    Deb
    from Boston, MA asked:
    November 18, 2015
    I have fireplaces in the basement and on the main floor that go through the same chimney. Am I able to place a fireplace insert into both of my units?
    1 Answers
    As long as the dimensions of the chimney flues are large enough to accommodate the pair of 3 inch aluminum vent liners that are required by the inserts, you could certainly complete the retrofit for each fireplace.
    eFireplaceStore
    on November 19, 2015

    Pat
    from Harpers Ferry, WV asked:
    May 23, 2015
    I have an unusual fireplace opening that currently contains a wood stove. The dimensions of the opening are 28" W x 33" H x 24" H. I have a 9" diameter, round ceramic line chimney pipe without a flu. I would like to covert it to a direct vent stove or insert if I can find something that fits and looks right in this opening. Would you suggest?
    1 Answers
    While a custom surround would have to be fabricated with any insert as these are unusual dimensions, the Napoleon GDIZC Direct Vent Gas Fireplace Insert would fit this opening.
    Will M.
    on May 26, 2015

    Tonya
    from Forestville, CA asked:
    December 28, 2014
    We are looking into replacing our wood burning fireplace for a propane insert but are wondering what the cost difference would be to use propane (vs wood) to heat our 900 square foot upper area of our house. What are the propane usage rates for the most efficient fireplace inserts?
    1 Answers
    Of course, fuel costs will vary widely with usage habits but the usage costs of our propane inserts will average around $0.80 to operate per hour.
    Kevin E.
    on December 29, 2014

    Noelle
    from Oneonta, NY asked:
    November 23, 2014
    There is only one measurement listed for size. Is the size the height, width, or depth?
    1 Answers
    The size filter on the left hand side of this item page indicates the width measurement of our offered inserts. The height and depth will vary depending upon which unit you select.
    Kevin E.
    on November 24, 2014

    Harvey
    from Hammond, IN asked:
    July 7, 2014
    I have an arched see thru woodburning masonry fireplace in my basement that i would like to convert to gas. Can you tell me what my options are? Can I retrofit a direct vent see thru gas fireplace in the existing masonry? Thanks.
    1 Answers
    While they are not designed with this kind of application in mind, it may be possible to install a direct vent see through unit into the current fireplace, however it will require some modification.
    eFireplaceStore
    on July 7, 2014

    Sanders
    from Chicago, Illinois asked:
    February 1, 2014
    I have an existing masonry see through woodburning fireplace. I am looking for a see through gas insert. Can you provide any suggestions?
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, the only see through gas models we carry are designed for installation into a framed wooden opening. We do not carry an insert that can be slid into a masonry opening.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 3, 2014

    Dave
    from Park Ridge, IL asked:
    November 18, 2013
    I have a fireplace in the basement of my ranch home and I would like to install an Innsbrook 25-33LN. I want to remove the brick chimney down to the roof line. Can this unit be exhausted out the side of the remaining part of the chimney? If so, what vents are available? Are they like a dryer vent?
    1 Answers
    The Innsbrook models require at least 10 feet of vertical height before they can terminate per the manufacturer. Unfortunately, there is no horizontal termination kit available for these appliances. The vents to be used with the Innsbrook are dual 3" aluminum liners which are very similar to dryer duct work, however they are heavier material.
    Chris
    on November 19, 2013

    Steve
    from Grapevine, TX asked:
    November 4, 2013
    Is it possible to change a double sided fireplace into back to back direct vent fireplaces. There is a gas supply already there.
    1 Answers
    While two direct vent fireplaces can indeed be installed in a back-to-back manner--as long as the appropriate clearances are met--a see-thru (two-sided) fireplace can only be used as a single unit.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on November 4, 2013

    Michael
    from Reston, VA asked:
    June 27, 2013
    I'm looking for a replacement gasket kit for a Majestic G336N DV Gas Fireplace glass. Do you have anything that would work, since the original part is discontinued?
    1 Answers
    The original gasket used on this glass was actually a high temperature adhesive, which is no longer being produced. However, the adhesive can be carefully scraped away, using an razor knife, then a 3/8 rope gasket can be installed in its place. A product such as the Rutland Fiberglass Grapho-Glas Stove Gasket with Gasket Cement Kit - 7 Foot x 3/8 Inch will be a suitable replacement.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on June 27, 2013

    Gene
    from OH asked:
    June 5, 2013
    Do you have an insert that vents out the back of the fireplace, through a wall and then vertically to the outside? I'm building my house and fireplace and want something that will vent in this fashion.
    1 Answers
    Based on your description, you will need a manufactured fireplace, rather than a fireplace inserts. As you noticed, inserts are designed to retrofit into a masonry chimney and must be vented vertically. They are simply meant to make the existing masonry fireplace more efficient. Manufactured fireplaces are fully insulated and designed to be placed within 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 wooden framing. Almost all of them can be vented horizontally through a wall and terminated horizontally on that same wall. A vertical run is only needed if the horizontal run is too long. The only downside to the manufactured fireplaces is that their BTU output tends to be comparatively less than the inserts. You will need to decide what purpose this fireplace serves before you make a purchasing decision.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on June 6, 2013

    Erik
    from Camarillo, CA asked:
    March 15, 2013
    A picture of my fireplace is attached. I am looking for an Direct Vent Insert that would best fit with the surround. The measurements are 39 ” W X 30” H X 23” D at the bottom and 16D at the top. I'd like to keep the traditional look, have a variable speed fan, adjustable flame, realistic logs with embers, a back light, and a remote for it all.
    1 Answers
    We recommend the Napoleon Large Deluxe XIR4N Direct Vent Insert with Night Light and Radiant Ironwood Log Set. This model includes the blower, hand-held modulating remote control (with thermostat and variable flame control), a night light and a great-looking log set. You can see additional options in the "Accessories" tab on the item page and the required vent kits in the "Venting Components" tab on that same page.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on March 15, 2013

    Kathy
    from Laveen, AZ asked:
    March 5, 2013
    I have a large brick fireplace that I want to convert to a direct vent with with the following specs - 38,000 - 27,000 BTU, fixed glass front, remote control (on, off, fan speed and flame size), fan 160 CFM minimum, variable flame adjuster, standing pilot. Insert will include a complete operating system installed per the manufacturer's specs, including the insert, piping and valves, items listed above, outside combustion air, and exhaust to outside. Do you have a recommendation based on these specifications? 36” back width, 26” Depth from front to back, 28” height from hearth to top of the opening, 16” from front to back at the top
    1 Answers
    The insert we have that best fits all of your described needs is the Napoleon XIR4N Large Deluxe Direct Vent Insert with Night Light and Radiant Ironwood Log Set - 40,000 BTU. This insert has an electronic ignition but features an optional standing pilot mode. It includes a remote that will control the flame height, blower speed and the night lights. You can see the necessary vent kits in the "Venting Components" tab on that insert's item page.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on March 5, 2013

    Jon H.
    from Tucson, AZ asked:
    January 12, 2013
    I am trying to determine the correct sized gas fireplace insert. Please see attached image for dimensions.
    1 Answers
    It is likely that some of our smaller direct vent inserts could work for your needs, however I will need to know a bit more information about your fireplace to be certain. What is the depth of the unit from the front of the opening to the rear wall? Also, is the metal smoke shelf held in place by fasteners or is it welded in position? If the shelf can be removed, additional clearance can be gained. Please advise at your convenience.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on January 14, 2013

    Steve shelinsky
    from Yardley, PA asked:
    November 11, 2012
    What's the difference between vent free and direct vent fireplace inserts?
    1 Answers
    There are several differences between direct vent and vent-free fireplaces, stoves and inserts. For more information, please see both our Gas Fireplace and Stove Buying Guide and our Fireplace Insert Buying Guide.
    Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
    on November 12, 2012

    Carol
    November 9, 2012
    My fireplace is nonexistent, though I do have the mantel and an open Ben Franklin restored front. The problem is I have only one chimney (propane) and it is not near where the fireplace has to be due to windows and house design. I am restoring an 1880 Victorian home and the only wall space adequate is not near the chimney to tap into. Is there a "kit" of some sort my contractor can use to convert the open Ben Franklin to a direct vent that can open onto the porch? Or is it possible to snake a vent across the hose to tap the fireplace? I guess we will have to build a firebox and everything - we are starting from a bare wall. Do you have any suggestions for me?
    1 Answers
    Typically, conversion kits are not made to allow an appliance to be switched between fuels. It may be possible to run your vent piping into the existing chimney, but it would be ideal to have a chimney or vent system installed at the location of the appliance. What is the distance between your install location and the existing chimney? Is the existing chimney lined? Please advise at your convenience.
    on November 9, 2012

    Meegan
    November 9, 2012
    I'm looking for parts for the majestic #RHE32. We need a fan temperature sensor #51704.
    1 Answers
    This part is available, and your cost would be $18.95 plus shipping. This item is currently in stock and would be shipped the same or next business day upon order, but you would need to call us to order, as the item is not on the website. Please contact us at 1-800-203-1642 and reference ticket number IAT-433-72216 to complete your order. We are open from 8:30 AM until 5:30 PM CST. We look forward to your call.
    on November 9, 2012

    Douglas Aiken
    from Memphis, TN asked:
    October 23, 2012
    What measurements of our wood-burning fireplace will I need to select a proper insert?
    1 Answers
    In order to choose an insert, you will need to measure the front width, rear width, depth (front to back), and height (bottom of opening to top of opening). For more information, please see our Fireplace Insert Buying Guide.
    Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
    on October 23, 2012



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