31 Questions &
from Hilton Head, SC asked:
February 10, 2018
We presently have a wood burning peninsula style fireplace. We would like to convert it to a propane with glass. Does it have to be vented or can it be vent free? Someone said there would be a safety issue.
For the unit you have you can use either vented or vent free. However, there can be certain local restriction (codes) that may not allow vent free logs in you town/city.
on February 12, 2018
from Evergreen, CO asked:
November 9, 2017
I'm designing a new home and would like a "see thru" fireplace between the great room and the master bedroom. Is it possible to have one way glass on both sides so you can't see through it in both rooms and enjoy the same fireplace?
That's a great idea. Unfortunately, though, such a thing does not currently exist on the market. Theoretically, you could install the fireplace and then source the one-way glass locally. But, you'd have to be sure and acquire glass that is tempered or ceramic in construction and able to withstand the heat of the fireplace.
on November 9, 2017
from O'Fallon, IL asked:
October 30, 2017
We are making plans to build a new home. I am looking for a 2-sided fireplace that can be used in my family room on one side and allow access to it for use on my covered deck on the other side. Do you make such a fireplace?
from Chicago, IL asked:
January 16, 2017
I am looking for an interior/exterior fireplace, preferably electric in a small size. Currently building a lavish "Tiny House" and would like to build in a fireplace. Do you have anything to fit my description?
Unfortunately, I do not carry an interior/exterior electric fireplace.
on January 17, 2017
Bill and Darlene Lister
from Pomona, KS asked:
January 13, 2017
We are currently working with an architect to build a home with a see-thru fireplace, between great room and kitchen. We want a "counter height" cooking fireplace in the kitchen, and conventional floor level fireplace on the great room side. Can you please point us the right direction with specs covering inserts and venting. We are on a construction time-line to begin basement construction in March.
To clarify, are you looking for a see-through fireplace with a cooking surface?
on January 13, 2017
from Boulder, CO asked:
January 3, 2017
I'm looking for a see through fireplace for an exterior wall application (one side interior, one side exterior).
from Sevierville, TN asked:
January 2, 2017
I need a see-through gas fireplace for an indoor/outdoor application. I am looking for one that vents to the outside without need for direct vent (vents through exterior louvers).
You can view a list of see-thru gas units HERE
from Atwood, OK asked:
December 23, 2016
We are putting an addition onto our home and are considering a ventless see through propane (colored glass, not wood-burning) fireplace. Should we purchase the parts separately, i.e., firebox, burner and glass, or as a unit?
With glass, we would not have a complete system (fireplace) to offer with your preferred media. You would need to select a firebox along with a see-through ventless burner and any other additional options you may prefer to have this configuration. In sum, you would have to purchase the items separately. Please let us know if you need assistance with this.
on December 23, 2016
from San Francisco asked:
December 19, 2016
I am looking for natural gas insert for my fireplace. The brass on top is 51" long X 14" on the return. 20.5" deep. 24" from tile to brass. 4" drop from tile to floor. 2" above brass. The Interior Corner is about 8" X 8"
I am looking for modern insert / stainless or such/ glass rocks not logs.
While there will be no fireplace inserts made for see-through or peninsula fireplaces, we do have a selection of vented gas burners that will work. Please view our selection Contemporary Fireplace Burners and Heaters
and please also be sure to select "vented" as ventless gas hearth systemsa are not allowed in California.
on December 20, 2016
from Beaufort, SC asked:
October 31, 2016
Do you have three-sided electric fireplaces?
We do not offer any three-sided electric fireplaces.
on November 1, 2016
from Charlottesville, VA asked:
October 15, 2016
Is a see-through gas fireplace available where all four sides are view-able? Is there a gas fireplace 'open pit' style available? Also, is it possible to vent a gas fireplace through a floor system and horizontally to the outside of the home? How far can you go? Thank you,
The type of fireplace you are referring to is commonly known as an "island" model. We did carry this type at one time, but it has since been discontinued due to lack of interest. Some direct vent fireplaces do allow a power vent system that will allow the vent run to be routed downward and through a basement or crawlspace.
on October 17, 2016
from Mill Valley, CA asked:
February 3, 2016
I have a Superior see through fireplace, model ST-3840-1, and one of the glass doors shattered. Do you have a replacement door and is it something I could install?
Unfortunately, after speaking with the manufacturer, it appears replacement doors are no longer available for your fireplace. I apologize for any inconvenience.
on February 3, 2016
from Kirkland, WA asked:
September 23, 2015
I am working on a single family house in Kirkland, Washington and the owner would like to have a see-thru natural gas fireplace. He would like one side to be in the living room and the other outside. Is there a product that can address this situation?
from Zephry Cove, NV asked:
May 5, 2015
Can I install one of these see-thru fireplaces next to a bath tub?
There is not a national code against using a see through gas fireplace near a bathtub or a bathroom in general. However, I do recommend checking with your local code agency, as the local code authority will have final say on the matter.
on May 6, 2015
from Nederland, TX asked:
February 24, 2015
Are vented propane fireplaces more efficient than ventless ones or is it the other way around?
Vent free fireplaces are almost perfectly efficient, due to the fact that they do not lose any heat to a venting system. However, they are best for use only in larger rooms, where air changeover diminishes the effects of residual moisture from combustion.
on February 24, 2015
from Colorado Springs, CO asked:
November 26, 2014
I would like to put a fireplace in the wall between our sinks in the master bath so that it shows both from the bathroom and from the bedroom. It is just a normal dividing wall. I don't know anything about the venting. What would you suggest?
When installing a fireplace in a normal dividing wall that measures 4 to 6 inches wide, you would need to build out the wall in both directions to house the increased with of the fireplace. Most two sided fireplaces are approximately 24 inches wide, so the wall would need to be made large enough to accommodate that.
on November 26, 2014
from Georgetown, KY asked:
October 8, 2014
I have a large existing see through wood burning fireplace in my basement manufactured by Majestic. We are trying to determine if a see through direct vent gas fireplace exists. The local guys say that it does not. If not, and with us not having a masonry chimney but only two walled chimney pipe, would it be possible to remove our old firebox and insert a see through direct vent into the old opening?
Your local dealer is correct that a see through direct vent gas fireplace insert does not currently exist. However, it is possible to retrofit a direct vent see through gas fireplace into the space. The current unit would have to be removed first. In order to avoid compromising the stone around the unit, you may want to disassemble as much of the existing unit as possible, then cut the chassis to remove it. Of course, this will all depend on an appropriate direct vent fireplace being available to replace the current unit.
on October 8, 2014
from Black Mountain, NC asked:
September 11, 2014
I am being told by fireplace shops that an 8 inch chimney will return a lot of smoke back into the house. Is that true?
If the fireplace being installed requires a larger diameter chimney, this would be true. However, every manufactured fireplace has an opening that is sized appropriately to the diameter of the flue collar. Once a fireplace opening gets past a certain size, the diameter of the chimney must be increased to handle the volume of flue gases and dilution air that is being pulled from the room.
on September 11, 2014
from Surprise, AZ asked:
August 18, 2014
I have an existing wood burning peninsula 3 sided fireplace and I am unable to convert to gas. Is there such a thing as an electric insert that could go into my existing pre-fab firebox?
While electric inserts do exist, I have yet to see one offered for a multi sided application such as yours. Every model that is available currently is made for a simple one sides application. The only other option I can suggest is using a bio fuel such as ethanol. An artificial see through log set could be used and a specialty burn tray could be placed beneath the set and filled with ethanol fuel. This would give the appearance of a realistic flame, without requiring gas service.
on August 19, 2014
from Houston, TX asked:
January 5, 2014
I have a see through gas fireplace and want to convert it to a see through fireplace with blowers. do you have such a model?
In this section, you will find some full see-through fireplace models that can indeed add an optional blower. However, we do not carry any see-through fireplace inserts that are designed to fit inside a pre-existing two-sided unit. We recommend looking at a few of our see-through models (wood or gas) and checking to see if the framing dimensions will fit inside your opening.
Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
on January 6, 2014
from Carson, WA asked:
October 30, 2013
I have an Osburn Bay Vista free standing fireplace made in August, 1994. I need a rocker switch (high low fan). Where can I buy one?
Per the manufacturer, the original switch is no longer available. However, any 3 position rocker switch from an auto supply or electronic supply store will work in place of the original.
Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
on October 30, 2013
from Maryland asked:
October 16, 2013
Does a 3 sided fireplace have blowers to heat a room?
from Missouri asked:
September 17, 2013
I need a 3 sided natural gas vent free fireplace. Do you have anything that would work?
We may just the unit to fit your needs. It is our Vail Premium Peninsula
Kevin E. - NFI Certified Specialist
on September 17, 2013
from Ontario asked:
March 15, 2013
I am interested in the Monessen Peninsula with Black Liners and Glass Kit. I was told that Monessen is not longer in business and that it was originally Majestic and I may have trouble getting parts. Can I get the model I'm interested in and what other parts will I need?
Monessen fireplaces are still in business and own several other brands, including Majestic. The parent company of Monessen is Vermont Castings. As such, the Monessen and Majestic names are not used as much, but do still exist.
I am assuming that you are interested in the Monessen Arlington model? That particular unit is able heat approximately 700 square feet in a vented application and can be vented directly through your outside brick wall, using Monessen brand or Simpson Duravent brand piping.
Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
on March 18, 2013
from Littleton, Colorado asked:
February 16, 2013
Do you have other styles (4-sided views) of the Napoleon BGNV40 Multi-View unit? Also, please explain the difference between natural vent and direct-vent designs.
This unit is available in several different versions, including an island (4-sided), peninsula, left and right corner, and thru.
Natural vent, also known as B-vent, is a type of fireplace that vents its exhaust to the outdoors but draws combustion air from the room. The units are excellent for ambiance and immediate radiant heat, but nothing more. Direct vent fireplaces are completely sealed, drawing their combustion air from the outdoors. Many of them are heater rated and can be used as a genuine source of supplemental heating, especially in a power outage.
Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
on February 18, 2013
from San Francisco Bay Area - East Bay asked:
January 7, 2013
Is the most common size 36 inches for three sided see-through natural gas fireplaces? Are there any suggested smaller brands? What brands and models would you recommend for quality and value for the buck? This would be for a counter top height between a bedroom and bath. What is the difference between direct vented B vent? Best manufacturers to consider?
Yes, 36 inches is the standard size for see-thru and peninsula multi-view fireplaces. For gas fireplaces, we recommend any of the manufacturers we carry: Empire, Napoleon, Monessen, Majestic, FMI, or Vantage Hearth. The differences between direct vent and B-vent are listed and explained in the following article on our website:
Gas Fireplace and Stove Buying Guide
Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
on January 7, 2013
from Pennsylvania asked:
November 20, 2012
I'm trying to replace a ventless gas two-sided fireplace that's only 23.5" wide. I just started to look today. Am I going to have a problem finding one?
Yes. The 36 inch width is the standard size for these see-thru vent free fireboxes. In fact, that is the only size we carry.
on November 20, 2012
Hi, I need a see-through , no ventilation fireplace, since I would like to install it in a house that has no preparation for fireplace. What can you recommend and what is everything that I need?
Do I need logs and a burner?
For a vent-free, see-thru type of installation, you will indeed need only the unit itself, along with a burner and log assembly. You can then finish either side of the unit with mantels and finishing materials of your choosing. Please view some of our products at the links below:
This unit comes with the burner already installed. You will notice the photo is of a peninsula model; however, you will receive a see-thru version. The logs that must be purchased for this unit can be seen here:
Is it possible to install one of your see-through fireplaces into an existing brick fireplace that has been built as a double-sided fireplace opening in the living room and the family room?
I am just starting to inquire about the possibility of having our fireplace use gas heat in this way. Any help and suggestions would be helpful.
While it is possible to install a manufactured fireplace in this way, it is certainly more challenging than a wood framed application. You must verify that the opening of your existing brick fireplace is slightly larger than the overall length and height of the manufactured unit and that the depth is fairly close to the depth of the manufactured model.
Also, the existing clay flue will need to be large enough to accommodate the vent piping that the unit will utilize. Depending on the model you are interested in, this piping can be as large as 8" around. Lastly, you may need to have a custom surround manufactured to cover the gap between the metal firebox and the brick on both of the fireplace openings.
To begin, I would measure the height, width, and depth of your existing fireplace and verify the size of your clay flue. This will determine if this type of retrofit can be done. I will be happy to assist you further, once you have these measurements.
I want to put a 2-sided fireplace in our basement. My question is between direct vent versus vent-free.
1. How does vent-free work?
2. Do they both put out the same amount of heat?
3. Is vent-free safe for use in our basement?
4. Overall, do you recommend one over the other?
Vent-free fireplaces use clean-burning technology to be able to vent directly into the room and use room air for combustion. The amount of heat put out by either kind with depend on the particular manufacturer and model of the fireplace in question. Check the BTU ratings of any fireplace you are interested in; this will give you an idea of the amount of heat produced. Vent-free is safe in most basements, but you would need to check the owner's manual of any vent-free fireplace to be sure it is acceptable for that application. More often we recommend going the direct vent route, but vent-free is fine if you understand all of the caveats.
For more information on the differences, and pros and cons of each, please see our Gas Fireplace & Stove Buying Guide
from Atlanta asked:
October 27, 2012
I'm looking for a direct vent, see-thru, 36" gas fireplace with ceramic glass and hopefully a circulation fan. I need recommendations.
Unfortunately, none of our direct vent see-thru models have ceramic glass - only tempered. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
on October 29, 2012