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    Direct Vent Fireplaces

    Direct vent gas fireplaces are very popular because they can be vented without a masonry chimney. Instead of requiring custom-built structures, these gas appliances use special double-wall pipe and can be vented horizontally through a wall or vertically through a roof. This allows them to be very flexible in terms of placement and much easier to install than traditional wood fireplaces. You'll also find that most direct vent fireplaces feature a high efficiency rating, thanks to glass doors that radiate heat while preventing warm room air from being lost up the flue.
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    Chris
    from Missoula, MT asked:
    July 13, 2017
    Do I have to buy a barrier screen?
    1 Answers
    Commencing on January 1, 2015, new legislation went into effect that requires all glass fronted hearth appliances that exceed a 172 degree glass surface temperature to have a safety barrier screen as a standard feature. Many manufacturers redesigned their appliances ahead of this date to include a barrier screen as standard, while others made the screen a required add on. To stay in compliance while still giving our customers a choice, we do not require the purchase of a separate barrier screen in cases where the manufacturer does not make it a standard feature. However, the screen will always be presented as a purchase option and is highly recommended. An example of a unit with the screen listed as a configuration option is the Empire Tahoe Deluxe. As you will see, the screen is listed under the first configuration step for this unit. It is important to note that almost all hearth appliances allow removal of the screen after purchase, if the customer so desires.
    eFireplaceStore
    on July 13, 2017

    Craig
    from Windsor, CA asked:
    November 2, 2017
    Which units do not need any batteries for remotes used as receivers for the fireplace?
    1 Answers
    All of our units that have receivers will need batteries.
    Brennan W.
    on November 2, 2017

    Helen
    from Farwell, TX asked:
    May 10, 2017
    Can these gas fireplaces be used with or be converted to be used with propane?
    1 Answers
    Most all direct vent gas fireplaces may indeed be converted to a different gas type.
    Will M.
    on May 10, 2017

    John
    from Stillwater, NY asked:
    March 26, 2017
    What would make my vented gas fireplace smoke up my siding?
    1 Answers
    Having a dirty flame could cause sooting to appear on your siding. This would be the case if your burner flame currently has any black tipping and would be rectified with a proper cleaning, which typically involves removing the front glass and any logs and media to vacuum the burner pan. Of course, this may also be the result of a vinyl siding shield not being used. If this is the case, the vinyl siding will be damaged from excessive heat.
    Will M.
    on March 27, 2017

    Jennifer
    from Hilton, NY asked:
    January 30, 2017
    The attached photo contain the measurements of my current wood fireplace. I would like to install a gas insert. What size do I need to purchase?
    1 Answers
    Were you looking for a direct vent insert or something vent free? Also, did you want to operate the system with a remote? Also, would you like a system featuring a standing or non-standing pilot flame (electronic ignition)? If you would like a remote, would you also like to be able to control the burner flame height? Are you using natural gas or liquid propane? To include the venting, we will need to know the total height of the chimney, measured from the hearth floor (this would only apply to direct vent inserts). Please view our selection of gas inserts here and please re-attach your hearth measurements when replying to this email. If you need further assistance with this, you may reach me (Will M.) directly at 1-800-203-1642 ext. 404.
    Will M.
    on January 31, 2017

    Jeff
    from Elgin, IL asked:
    January 19, 2017
    I want to purchase and install a Direct Vent fireplace in my soon to be built game room in my basement. 20' X 40' are the dimensions of the room where the fireplace will be located. How many BTUs should I be looking at for the fireplace to adequately heat that size of a room?
    1 Answers
    You will want to use a unit with around 28,000 BTUs.
    Brennan W.
    on January 20, 2017

    James
    from Murfreesboro, AR asked:
    December 12, 2016
    Compare direct-vent to vent-less (safety, efficiency, etc ).
    1 Answers
    There is quite a bit of information regarding this topic here.
    Will M.
    on December 13, 2016

    Delinda Zehner
    from Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania asked:
    December 11, 2016
    I have a wooden fireplace mantel that the inside opening measures 35 1/4" wide by 36" tall. What is the largest fireplace insert that can be safely used?
    1 Answers
    In order to advise, I will need to gather a bit more information. How far does the upper mantel shelf project from the wooden breast board? Also, how far do the decorative columns project from the surrounding face? Please advise when you can.
    eFireplaceStore
    on December 12, 2016

    Ed Leppek
    from Bay City, MI asked:
    December 1, 2016
    I have a Majestic G342N direct vent fireplace with an 8 5/8" x 5" vent. Do you have either pipe that size or an adapter to Duravent 8" x 5" (or an idea what I can do with this)?
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, we do not carry any pipe or adapters for your unit.
    Brennan W.
    on December 1, 2016

    Michael Lulkin
    from Greenwich, CT asked:
    November 2, 2016
    I am looking to add a fireplace to a new location in my home. I want to place my large TV above the fireplace, in an alcove to prevent direct heat from hitting the TV. I do not want to TV up extremely high on the wall, and it is important that the TV and fireplace look balanced. I am looking for a long, rectangular fireplace (mirroring the shape of the TV).

    Brad
    from Pillager, MN asked:
    October 12, 2016
    I'm looking for a low-priced, propane, approximately 36 inches wide, fireplace with a blower. Do you have any recommendations?
    1 Answers
    I would first suggest the Empire Tahoe Deluxe Direct Vent Propane Fireplace - 36", as it is within the builder line of products by Empire. This unit does allow for a heat circulating blower to be installed as an accessory, seen here. Additionally, Superior offers their line of Merit Series fireplaces, such as the DRT2035, which also has a blower accessory available for it.
    Chris C.
    on October 13, 2016

    Dennis
    from Carterville, IL asked:
    October 1, 2016
    Does the DVD 36 fp30p vent out at the top?
    1 Answers
    This unit can be vented vertically or horizontally. The flue collar will be reversible and can easily be configured to suit the application.
    eFireplaceStore
    on October 3, 2016

    Yolanda
    from Brookline, NH asked:
    September 24, 2016
    Can Direct Vent Fireplaces be installed under a regular or transom window?
    1 Answers
    Installation below a window is possible, however there must be enough overhead clearance for the vent termination to maintain 12 inches from the termination to the underside of the window.
    eFireplaceStore
    on September 26, 2016

    Dan
    from Somerville, MA asked:
    April 21, 2016
    I am in the process of designing a 3 condo complex and am interested in featuring gas fireplaces. The one exterior wall on which I would place them is at the front of the house. I am curious what is the lowest possible exterior profile, in other words, I don't wish to see too much piping at front of house. How small can we go?
    1 Answers
    Many of the direct vent fireplaces by Empire can utilize the Duravent Direct Vent Pro venting, which offers a horizontal round termination cap measuring 11" x 11" seen here. Once installed, this would be the only component of the venting system exposed to the exterior.
    Chris C.
    on April 21, 2016

    Pete
    from MA asked:
    February 21, 2016
    I am looking to install a natural gas fireplace in my basement. I would need to vent it up to the ceiling (about 5 ft) then horizontally through the joist cavity (about 6 ft). That cavity would be covered with drywall for the last 4 ft. First, is this even possible in a direct vent application, and if so which brand fireplaces would better for this sort of application?
    1 Answers
    Creating an enclosure with drywall in the fashion you describe would simply reduce your clearances with a situation that is already not ideal for terminating a direct vent fireplace as drywall is considered combustible. Typically, direct venting will have anywhere from a 6 5/8"-8" outer wall with 1" of clearance to the bottom and sides and 3" of clearance at the top, meaning that you would have up to 12 5/8" of height that would need to be maintained to ensure clearances for the horizontal run between the floor joists. Additionally, horizontal runs of direct vent pipe will typically require 1/4" of rise per horizontal foot, meaning that you will need an additional 1.5" of vertical clearance with the horizontal run, so choosing a fireplace that uses 8" outer diameter venting will be out of the question as floor joists are typically 12" and your horizontal run would require 14 1/8" of clearance. Even with the smaller 6 5/8" outer diameter venting, this would require 12 1/8" of clearance height, so the termination you describe will not be possible, unless the floor joists are taller or the horizontal run to the outdoors will be between the first floor and a crawlspace with a cement floor.
    Will M.
    on February 22, 2016

    Ray
    from NC asked:
    January 22, 2016
    Can I upgrade my interior workings on a VCasting 36CFDVPI fireplace unit? Right now it says that it has an output of 21,000 BTUs but I want to upgrade it to 33,000 BTUs.
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, a conversion of this type is not allowed.
    Will M.
    on January 22, 2016

    Lisa
    from NY asked:
    January 18, 2016
    We have a fireplace unit Majestic 36CFDVNV and we are missing a piece that goes along the top above the glass (I believe there is a canopy type piece that was never installed). Can this piece be ordered separately?
    1 Answers
    For replacement parts, please fill out this form.
    Will M.
    on January 19, 2016

    Pat
    from OR asked:
    December 30, 2015
    Do all of these Direct vent fireplaces meet Oregon code?
    1 Answers
    As both statewide and local code will vary widely, it is always best to contact your local code office as we do not keep up with the vast and varying nationwide code requirements. The direct vent gas fireplaces we offer have all been tested to their respective ANSI standard.
    Will M.
    on December 30, 2015

    Renee
    from Virginia Beach, VA asked:
    December 6, 2015
    I have a gas ventless gas fireplace and I'm not happy with it. I like the direct vent fireplace but my house is all brick and I was told that I couldn't install a direct vent system through brick. Is this true?
    1 Answers
    You may absolutely install direct venting through brick. Someone may have been mistaken and confused the requirement for the exhaust vent for a direct vent insert (for existing wood burning fireplaces) to terminate at the top of a masonry chimney, but direct vent fireplaces (that you frame in) allow many configurations for venting.
    Will M.
    on December 7, 2015

    Patti
    from Madison, GA asked:
    November 4, 2015
    How do I determine what size of fireplace and what BTU output I need for my home? I have a 1400 square foot home with ceilings that are standard 8 foot ceilings.
    1 Answers
    When trying to heat an area of 1,400 square feet, I would suggest a fireplace capable of at least 35,000 BTU or more. As an example, the Empire Tahoe Luxury Direct Vent Natural Gas RF Fireplace would be one of my first recommendations from the information you have provided so far.
    Chris C.
    on November 4, 2015

    Peggy
    from Holmen, WI asked:
    September 29, 2015
    We have a Superior direct vent gas fireplace. The vent outside has a tilted vent cover that allows birds to make nests between the cover and the box as well as the pipe that connects to the box. Is there other vent boxes that would prevent this birds from getting into the box?
    1 Answers
    We would need to know the model number of the fireplace in order to see if alternate caps are available, but I would recommend securing installing screen mesh to prevent this from happening. This material can be sourced at a local hardware store. This product may also work, so long as the dimensions of your cap are suitable.
    Will M.
    on September 29, 2015

    Rachel
    from Philadelphia, PA asked:
    September 4, 2015
    When a direct vented fireplace is ventilated outside through a wall as opposed to up through a chimney, will the wall become dirty from the exhaust overtime?
    1 Answers
    This will not happen with proper installation.
    Will M.
    on September 4, 2015

    Donald
    from Holyoke, MA asked:
    August 17, 2015
    We have a direct vent gas fireplace where the vent protrudes from an outside "dog-house". When the fireplace is not being used, cold air comes in all around it. Why is this happening?
    1 Answers
    It is highly likely that the fireplace "dog house" was not air tight when the fireplace was installed. It may be necessary to remove the siding and seal any cracks that may be allowing cold air to infiltrate the home with fireblocking adhesive and foil tape. With modern construction, the rest of the home is likely to be tightly wrapped and the same guidelines would have needed to be followed when the fireplace was installed. Homes are pressurized and there is a constant exchange of air taking place. If the remainder of the home is tightly sealed while the "dog house" is not, air will be pulled into the home from any gaps in the construction in this area.
    Will M.
    on August 18, 2015

    Joe
    from Baltimore, MD asked:
    April 26, 2015
    What is a recommended minimum BTU output for a room that measures approximately 22x24 with the allowance for a stairwell? The room is the lower level of a split foyer home with the front being half below ground and the rear at walk out level, all with a standard 8 foot tall ceiling in place. Will the recommended BTU output be the same with or without a fan?
    1 Answers
    A minimum BTU rating for your space would be in the 17,000 BTU range. The addition of a blower would not affect this rating.
    Brennan W.
    on April 27, 2015

    Craig
    from TN asked:
    March 31, 2015
    What does direct vent mean?
    1 Answers
    Direct vent means that the unit has a closed glass front, and the venting for the unit is double walled. The inner pipe exhausts flue gases while the outer pipe draws in air for combustion.
    Brennan W.
    on March 31, 2015

    Jake
    from Cincinnati, OH asked:
    February 23, 2015
    I installed my new direct vent fireplace. Do I need to seal the hole where the thermocouple and thermopile wires come through into the firebox?
    1 Answers
    You will indeed. It is a bit odd that this hole is not already sealed, as this is usually done at the factory. However, the holes can easily be sealed with a high temperature RTV sealant, which is commonly available at auto parts and home improvement stores.
    eFireplaceStore
    on February 24, 2015

    Tim
    from MI asked:
    February 8, 2015
    I want to replace my Majestic DVT36RN with a minimal amount of adjustments. It is a natural gas fireplace that is vented from the top and gives off 25,000 BTUs. What would you suggest?
    1 Answers
    A very dependable model that we offer with the same configuration and BTU output is the Empire Tahoe Premium Direct Vent Natural Gas Fireplace with Standing Pilot - 36" - DVP-36-FP30N. We have sold a large number of the Empire Tahoe series with excellent results.
    eFireplaceStore
    on February 9, 2015

    Mary
    from Salisbury, NC asked:
    November 13, 2014
    I have a vented natural gas fireplace that does not have a blower. There is an outlet under the fireplace. The model # is TC36N by ESA. What type of blower do I need and can we install it ourselves?
    1 Answers
    Installation of a blower on this model is fairly straight forward. The blower needed is the FMI Rotary Type Fan Blower with Magnetic Attachment. The blower allows magnetic attachment to the inner bottom cavity of the fireplace and is simply plugged in to the junction box in the same area. A manual switch should already be in place with the unit to control the blower.
    eFireplaceStore
    on November 14, 2014

    Cindy
    from Bucks County, PA asked:
    November 4, 2014
    Can I install a direct vent insert into my old fireplace even though my house uses oil, not gas, for heat?
    1 Answers
    A direct vent insert could be installed in your fireplace, assuming it meets the guidelines needed to house one. However, you would need to provide a dedicated fuel source for it, such as an LP cylinder.
    eFireplaceStore
    on November 4, 2014

    Scott
    from Philadelphia, PA asked:
    October 7, 2014
    I am in the initial stages of looking into gas fireplaces. I have questions about "vented, vent-free, and direct venting" fireplaces. Does a direct vent fireplace burn vented logs, and, if so, do they produce the more normal looking flames? I was under the impression that vented logs needed to have a chimney capable of burning real wood logs. Can they be used in a direct vent fireplace?
    1 Answers
    Naturally vented gas logs are the type of vented log set that is installed into an existing masonry fireplace or prefabricated wood burning fireplace. They require a chimney that is in good working order and completely vertical. These log sets typically feature a large realistic flame, but they do not produce much heat and are largely for looks. Direct vent gas fireplaces will have a sealed combustion chamber, using tempered or ceramic glass. The fireplace will come with a specific log set that must be installed. Like the natural vent logs, a direct vent features a realistic flame pattern, but efficiency is greater and the unit functions as a true supplemental heater. No combustion air is pulled from the room. A coaxial (pipe within a pipe) pulls combustion air from the outdoors and vents exhaust to the outdoors. The venting system can be routed vertically or horizontally. Vent free fireplaces use a specially engineered burner system and specific log set to ensure a clean burn. These systems do not require a vent of any kind, but they are limited to an output of 40k BTUs. Their very specific log placement lends a less realistic look, as the flames do not directly contact the logs. Vent free appliances create a great deal of supplemental heat, but they do not work well for all applications. People with sensitive noses will likely detect the odor of the burned gas and vent free sets can be an irritant to people with allergies or lung ailments. Vent free appliances also require air from the room for combustion and release moisture back into the room. As such, they work best in larger rooms with high ceilings.
    eFireplaceStore
    on October 8, 2014

    Lee
    from MI asked:
    October 4, 2014
    What is the smallest wall natural gas fireplace that you offer?
    1 Answers
    That would be the Napoleon Torch Direct Vent Gas Fireplace - 12-in.. This model is tall and narrow, requiring only a 14 1/2 inch wide framed cavity for installation.
    eFireplaceStore
    on October 6, 2014

    Pam
    from Barre, VT asked:
    September 9, 2014
    We would like to buy and have installed a direct vent fireplace to replace a Riannai RHFE 1004 FA heater. The heater was also direct vent, but would a gas fireplace fit where the heater hitched up?
    1 Answers
    This Rinnai heater uses a unique venting system that allows the flue collar to be located in any number of positions before passing it through the wall. There is not a reason why you cannot use a direct vent fireplace in the same spot as the heater, however the location of the vent piping will likely be different. At the very least, the hole in the wall will need to be enlarged, as this heater uses a vent pipe that is much smaller than a comparable direct vent fireplace.
    eFireplaceStore
    on September 9, 2014

    Ed
    from Murray, KY asked:
    June 6, 2014
    I am looking for a 36" propane direct vent (top) fireplace in the 30,000 btu range that has a depth of less than 18", has a remote with temperature, a blower all in one package. It would also include a deluxe set of logs with variable flame, back lighting hopefully. What do you have? I am not looking for the highest price fireplace on the market. What I am looking for is a high quality, excellent warranty for a reasonable price. What do you have? I am going to use it for ambiance most of the time, however if we have an ice storm in winter I can be without electricity for a couple of weeks and the fireplace would be my primary heat source.
    1 Answers
    We do carry a model that meets all of your needs, with the lone exception that the fireplace depth is 19 7/8" deep; please see the 36" Empire Tahoe Luxury Direct Vent Propane RF Fireplace with Remote Control.
    Tyler M.
    on June 9, 2014

    Amanda
    from Charlotte, NC asked:
    April 29, 2014
    We are interested in adding a direct vent fireplace to an exterior wall of our home. We would like to vent it up through a faux chimney, for curb appeal. (It is on the front of our home, so I don't want a vent sticking straight out through the wall.) Is there a minimum height requirement for the chimney, as there is with a standard vented gas log set, or wood burning? Or does the vent just need to clear the top of the chimney, regardless of the height above the roofline?
    1 Answers
    Direct vent fireplaces require much less vent clearance than standard wood burning or B-vent units. For instance, the vent piping needs only to extend 12 inches beyond a roof that has a pitch of up to 6/12. If you would like to supply the exact roof pitch on the front of your home, I will be happy to advise on the minimum amount of vent pipe that is needed.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on April 29, 2014

    Craig
    from TN asked:
    March 17, 2014
    Can I do a basement install with a direct vent LP gas log fireplace?
    1 Answers
    Yes, a direct vent fireplace can indeed be installed in a basement. If you are horizontally terminating the venting system, the horizontal termination cap will need to be at least 12" above grade (perhaps more per your local code or the manufacturer). We have snorkel termination caps available to help achieve this clearance, if needed for your application. Please let us know if there is a specific model that you have questions about and we can provide more specific information.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on March 17, 2014

    Candid Arcidy
    from Bedford, NH asked:
    February 19, 2014
    I want to replace a wood stove that has an 8" vent collar and want to know if I can replace it with a direct vent fireplace (propane). I prefer wood burning so is there a direct vent fireplace insert for wood?
    1 Answers
    Direct vent fireplace by design are gas burning appliances. The venting system required for them is an aluminum and galvanized steel combination that is not suited for wood burning. Most wood burning appliances do have provisions for a combustion air intake, but it will depend on the model.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 19, 2014

    James
    from Dayton, Ohio asked:
    January 24, 2014
    We have an existing direct vent fireplace and are looking at replacement options. We do not like the glass front of the direct vent, but also do not want to remove the wall vent and try and match our exterior masonry. Are there options for this type of situation or are we just stuck with trying to match masonry or with a capped off vent?
    1 Answers
    The only possible way to keep your existing horizontal termination vent is indeed to get a replacement direct vent fireplace, which of course will have a solid glass front. However, the vent may need to be replaced regardless, as many direct vent models require a specific type of coaxial (pipe-within-a-pipe) vent system. Please reply with your existing manufacturer and model information and we can advise on if re-using what you have in place may be possible.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on January 27, 2014

    Julie
    from Levittown, PA asked:
    November 11, 2013
    I have a 36 inch vent free fireplace that I would like to replace with a direct vent fireplace. What do you suggest?
    1 Answers
    As you can see on this category page, there are numerous options for a 36" direct vent fireplace. The best way to offer a suggestion would be to figure what your available dimensions will be after your vent-free unit is removed. This way, we can use your framing space to determine which models may be a good fit for a replacement.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on November 11, 2013

    Fred
    from Stamford, CT asked:
    October 13, 2013
    What is the difference between CDV, DVD, and BVD fireplaces?
    1 Answers
    The BVD series is a unit manufactured by Empire Comfort Systems and is a B-vent model of fireplace. This means that it draws air from the room for combustion and vents exhaust through a aluminum B-vent pipe. These units are largely decorative and offer little supplemental heat. The DVD series is also an Empire unit and is their basic direct vent design. This model draws air from the outdoors from combustion and is sealed from the room with a pane of tempered glass. The unit can be vented vertically or horizontally and is designed to give supplemental heat. The CDV series is manufactured by Majestic/Monessen and is similar in build and output to the DVD that is made by Empire. It is also a direct vent unit and offers options to customize its appearance.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on October 14, 2013

    Marc
    from Pennsylvania asked:
    September 26, 2013
    I just hooked up a VCD36" vented gas fireplace. The pilot lights, but the burners do not. The unit was exposed to dust. Could it just be too dirty? The gas flow is good and other units work.
    1 Answers
    It is possible that the pilot assembly may be dirty and preventing millivoltage from allowing the gas valve to open. I recommend blowing out the pilot assembly with compressed air. If that does not work, I am happy to call you to perform further troubleshooting.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on September 27, 2013

    Maggie
    from West Bloomfield, MI asked:
    April 14, 2013
    I need a replacement part for the front part of the refractory hearth for FMI Model # GL4100/P. It is the horseshoe shaped part that goes in the front. I also need the blower kit for this model. Do you stock these parts?
    1 Answers
    After checking with FMI, I was informed that the refractory hearth panel is no longer available through them. He did inform me that the correct blower assembly is indeed still available. The part number for the appropriate blower is VCBK3E.
    Chris
    on April 15, 2013

    Verna
    from Palm Springs, FL asked:
    March 22, 2013
    I am interested in a direct vent fireplace like the LHD50N from Napoleon. However, I would prefer to run the vent through the existing fireplace/chimney without destroying either one. The top of the existing fireplace is 36". Are there any rear-flue direct vent fireplaces on the market that would allow me to do this? Most that I have seen require close to 4' (from the floor) before a horizontal vent run is made.
    1 Answers
    The only options we would have that would be suitable for your application would be something like our Loft Inserts. Of course, these do present a smaller viewing area that something like the LHD50.
    Kevin E. - Fireplace Specialist
    on March 22, 2013

    Angela
    from Buffalo, NY asked:
    March 3, 2013
    I currently have a B vent fireplace. Can I replace it with a direct vent? Do I have to replace the pipe through the roof or use what is there?
    1 Answers
    A B vent type of fireplace certainly can be replaced with a direct vent model. However, the venting system is different. A larger direct vent pipe, usually 7 inches in diameter, must be used. If you have a 9 inch by 9 inch area to contain the pipe, retrofitting to a direct vent fireplace would be fairly easy.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on March 4, 2013

    Tricia
    from Dallas, Texas asked:
    January 3, 2013
    We have 2 direct vent fireplaces in our hi-rise condo. We did the break in period burning totally. However , we are still getting a plastic burning smell, especially after about 1 1/2 hours into burning. Why? It smells bad and I feel it is bad for us to smell.
    1 Answers
    Per your description, it sounds as if a component such as a wiring harness or remote receiver may be installed too close to the firebox inner chassis and is overheating. Is this smell coming from both units or just one. Also, what material was used to finish around the fireplaces? Can you see any smoke or a haze in the air when burning the unit?
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on January 6, 2013

    Bill Werner
    from Grand Island, NE asked:
    January 2, 2013
    I have purchased a new 6000CL fireplace and want to vent directly out the back. I have 14 inches from the back of the unit to the outside wall. I have been told locally that the draw is not as good as using the top.
    1 Answers
    Indeed, a top-vent application that has a one or two foot rise before elbowing 90-degrees through a wall is preferable to a rear-vent. However, in most cases a 14" rear-vent run is perfectly acceptable and should work fine, as the normal maximum straight horizontal run is around 20".
    Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
    on January 3, 2013

    David Woods
    from Seattle asked:
    January 2, 2013
    For a direct vent gas stove, I have room to install either a rear-vented or top-vented stove. Are there advantages to one over the other regarding efficiency?
    1 Answers
    If feasible, it is preferable to go with a top vent model, which you can then run the vent pipe up a short distance (1-2 feet), then elbow out 90-degrees and terminate on an exterior wall.
    Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
    on January 2, 2013

    Lois Tate
    from Lake Orion, MI asked:
    December 30, 2012
    I have a direct vent fireplace with no owners manual. I have model no. DVD 32FP30N-1. It is 34" wide by 31" high. Can you help me?
    1 Answers
    Yes, you have the Empire Tahoe Deluxe Direct Vent Natural Gas Fireplace. You can see the owner's manual for this unit here: owner's manual
    Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
    on December 31, 2012

    Kim
    November 9, 2012
    Does a LHD45N Napoleon direct vent gas fireplace need its own electrical circuit? I have the electrician here and he would like to know.
    1 Answers
    Yes, the Napoleon LHD45 will require electricity to operate, as it uses it for ignition. There is a battery back-up, however, so you will be able to use this fireplace in the event of a power outage. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
    on November 9, 2012

    Kevin
    November 9, 2012
    I'm looking to replace an old Majestic fireplace that was capable of burning both wood and gas; this thing is probably 20 years old. We still have the old venting pipe from this system and it's approximately 10-12 inches wide . If I were to install a direct vent system to improve efficiency, would this old pipe still be used? Or the new one run inside it? Or an entirely new exhaust installed? I'm just trying to get an idea of what my best plan of action is here. I fully intend to have a professional install the new unit, however, and this consideration may change the location of the new unit and effect the cost of materials.
    1 Answers
    Most likely, you will need to remove the existing chimney system and replace it with the smaller direct vent piping that will be needed instead. While there are some conversion kits that can adapt an existing wood burning chimney for direct vent purposes, there are no kits that are designed to work with Majestic products. The option does exist to leave the Class A chimney in position and line the chimney with the direct vent pipe; however the existing chimney system must be perfectly straight and the termination at the top of the chimney will need to be modified with a site built storm collar to cover the extra space between the direct vent pipe and the Class A chimney pipe. Please let me know if you have any questions about the installation or if I can assist in any other way.
    on November 9, 2012

    Yousef
    November 9, 2012
    I need the price of an Empire Deluxe 42" direct vent natural gas fireplace to be installed at a room corner with duct to outside of building with brick siding.
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    We would be happy to send you a quote for these items. Please reply with a shipping address and we will send you a quote as quickly as possible. Also, please advise on any optional accessories you may be interested in, such as a blower, brick liner for the interior of the fireplace, remote control (basic on/off or thermostatic), and anything else you that may interest you. Also, please note whether you want the fireplace to have louvers or if you prefer the flush/smooth face model. We look forward to your response.
    on November 9, 2012



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