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    Vent Free Fireplace Inserts

    If you don't currently have a fireplace that works, one solution to a desire for a hearth is a ventless fireplace insert. These self-contained units don't require the installation of a chimney. Electric, propane, or natural gas, we have the correct vent free fireplace insert for them all! These systems are over 99% efficient and no heat will be lost while it is running. One of our best selling ventless gas fireplace inserts is the Empire Medium Innsbrook Vent-Free Gas Fireplace Insert with Built- In Thermostat. Find the right electric, natural gas, or propane fireplace ventless insert for you!
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    from Allentown pat asked:
    February 13, 2018
    What is the difference between a vent free gas fireplace and a vented and what is needed for both
    1 Answer
    For details on the differences, pro and cons of direct vent vs. vent-free gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts, please refer to our Gas Fireplace and Stove Buying Guide.
    Tyler M. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 13, 2018

    from Yantis, TX asked:
    February 5, 2018
    Are there options for larger vent free fireboxes? I am a builder and I need a larger vent free box and a vent less see through fireplace.
    1 Answer
    We offer single-sided vent-free fireboxes as large as 50" wide and 30" high for the viewing area (for traditional-style configurations with a log set), and for see-thru we have 36" models. If you are interested in a contemporary, linear style, we offer single-sided as large as 72" wide and see-thru as large as 48" wide.
    Tyler M. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 5, 2018

    Dorota B
    from chicago asked:
    February 1, 2018
    Hi I'm looking for a vent free see through fireplace insert. do you have one available and or where could i find one?
    1 Answer
    Inserts do not come in see-through configurations. Just fireplaces and we do carry See-Through Vent-Free fireplaces.
    Owen O.
    on February 1, 2018

    from Leesville, SC asked:
    January 17, 2018
    Hello! My husband and I were all set to purchase the Empire Tahoe Luxury Direct Vent Propane RF fireplace when we were informed by our builder that it would be to our economic advantage to purchase a ventless fireplace. Does this particular fireplace come in a ventless model?
    1 Answer
    While it is certainly less expensive to purchase a ventless gas fireplace, there is no equivalent model available to match the specs and appearance of the Empire Tahoe Luxury RF model. Personally, I would recommend sticking with direct vent for a few reasons; you can see a list of pros and cons in our Gas Fireplace and Stove Buying Guide. If you still want a vent-free recommendation, I would suggest the Empire Vail vent-free series; please see details below. Empire Vail Vent-Free Gas Fireplaces. These are available in 24", 26", 32" and 36" sizes.
    on January 17, 2018

    from Taylorsville, NC asked:
    November 1, 2017
    I need a second opinion please. I was told that I can not buy a new set of propane logs. I was told that I would have to buy a new insert with logs. Is that true? I have sent you a picture for you to see.
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, that is correct. For a prefabricated gas unit like yours, the logs can not be switched out, as they're specifically designed to sit in your fireplace.
    Brennan W.
    on November 2, 2017

    from Pima County, AZ asked:
    March 21, 2017
    Can vent free fireplace inserts be used outside (for example, at the edge of a covered patio)? What additional considerations might there be when using a vent free insert outside? Would any of the Empire vent free inserts be appropriate for outside use? Thank you.
    1 Answer
    Our inserts are not meant to be used outdoors. You would want to look into our Outdoor Gas Fireplaces.
    Brennan W.
    on March 22, 2017

    Tom Christensen
    from Nashville, TN asked:
    January 7, 2017
    I have a vented glass bead gas fireplace. I would like to convert it to a vent free glass bead fireplace. Can this be done by changing the gas burner bars?
    1 Answer
    I will be happy to look into this for you. Is your unit prefabricated or masonry? If prefabricated, please provide the manufacturer and model number.
    Brennan W.
    on January 9, 2017

    from Indiana asked:
    January 4, 2017
    Does this vent free gas fireplace inserts have "safety glass" to protect a child from getting too close to the flame?
    1 Answer
    As most all ventless hearth systems rely on oxygen from the home for combustion, they will not have any solid glass panel or protective barrier like the Direct Vent Fireplace Inserts we offer, which will also feature a protective barrier screen placed in front of the glass to prevent accidental contact. There are some ventless inserts like the Empire VFL28IN92N Loft Vent-Free Fireplace which offers an optional tempered glass front with openings along the top and sides of the front for ventilation which effectively seals the combustion chamber, but this is normally not offered with most all ventless systems. While advertised as a fireplace, please note that this model may also be installed inside of an existing prefabricated wood burning or masonry fireplace opening, just like an insert.
    Will M.
    on January 4, 2017

    from 02771 asked:
    December 29, 2016
    I have a fireplace: 35 1/4" W & 31 1/2" H. Do you have a ventless option that fits these dimensions?
    1 Answer
    To properly size any of the fireplace inserts we offer, we will need to know the front width, rear width, front height, rear height and depth of your fireplace opening.
    Will M.
    on December 29, 2016

    from Athens, AL asked:
    December 13, 2016
    I read a lot about ventless fireplaces being unsafe; is ts true?
    1 Answer
    While some people believe that they are unsafe because they use oxygen in the room for combustion, vent free appliances come with a modified pilot called an oxygen depletion sensor, which will shut the unit down the second there is a drop in oxygen level. Vent free appliances are definitely safe when installed and used properly.
    Brennan W.
    on December 14, 2016

    David Nicholas
    from Adams , Massachusetts asked:
    December 5, 2016
    I am looking for a vent free insert with logs for my restaurant. I recently removed my vented logs. My fireplace opening is 38" wide and 26" high. I am also looking for this stove to help heat a banquet room.
    1 Answer
    We will also need to know the opening depth to make recommendations and I highly suggest contacting your local code office if there is any question as to whether open-hearth ventless systems are allowed in a commercial setting.
    Will M.
    on December 6, 2016

    from AZ asked:
    June 3, 2016
    Do vent free fireplaces need glass doors?
    1 Answer
    Almost all vent free fireplaces use a barrier screen only. Glass doors are usually not available, as they would impede heat transfer to the room.
    on June 3, 2016

    from MA asked:
    April 27, 2016
    Do you need to have a fireplace lined and/or dampers in it if you wish to have a gas insert?
    1 Answer
    Inserts are meant to be installed in a preexisting masonry fireplace.
    Brennan W.
    on April 27, 2016

    from MD asked:
    February 21, 2016
    Would you recommend a vented or ventless fireplace insert?
    1 Answer
    Both types have their strong points, but for primary heating of a space, I recommend a vented insert. This type will draw combustion air from the outdoors and is sealed from the room. This prevents any negative effect on room air quality and ensures the unit can run as long as needed. The only primary drawback is that they are less efficient than a vent free insert. Vent free inserts are easy to install and require no outside venting, but they should only be used for supplemental heat. They add moisture to the room and as such, they should only be used for 4 hours continuously. The units can also effect people with sensitive noses or allergy issues.
    on February 22, 2016

    from Tulsa, OK asked:
    January 2, 2016
    How far above the ventless gas fireplace insert should a TV be?
    1 Answer
    Generally, clearance for a fireplace to the television should be double the clearances outlined in the manual for clearance to the mantel. It is recommended to utilize a mantel that is at least as deep as the television, as it will help to serve as a heat shield.
    on January 4, 2016

    from Simpsonville, SC asked:
    December 20, 2015
    The house I purchased came with an American Dream vent free gas logs set installed in a wood burning fireplace. What does vent free stand for? Should I keep the chimney vent closed in order to save heat?
    1 Answer
    Vent free gas logs are designed with a very specific burner assembly and log placement. The burner is engineered to maintain a very hot and even flame, which passes its way between the logs, rather than hitting them directly. This means the set burns very cleanly and as such, the damper in the fireplace can remain closed.
    on December 21, 2015

    from NJ asked:
    November 2, 2015
    Do I need a flue in order to use a vent free fireplace insert?
    1 Answer
    Vent free systems are designed to provide a complete burn, eliminating the need for venting.
    Will M.
    on November 3, 2015

    from MA asked:
    April 26, 2015
    Are there any concerns with carbon monoxide with vent free natural gas inserts? Also, are there any laws against using them in Massachusetts that you know of?
    1 Answer
    Vent free appliances do not put out carbon monoxide. They operate at an efficiency that puts off only carbon dioxide and water vapor. While they are approved for sale in Massachusetts, you will need to speak to local code enforcement before installing, as different jurisdictions have different rules regarding installation of fireplaces inserts.
    Brennan W.
    on April 27, 2015

    from Pikeville, KY asked:
    January 24, 2015
    What is the difference between a firebox and a fireplace insert? We need a ventless system with a blower to push the heat into the room. Which would be best for us? There will be no connection between the fireplaces and the outside walls.
    1 Answer
    A firebox commonly refers to a chassis which can be installed into a framed opening, and a log set of the end user's choosing can be installed. A fireplace insert is a complete appliance including the chassis, log set, burner, and valve assembly which is designed to be installed into an existing masonry or prefabricated fireplace. Fireplace inserts also require the use of a face-plate or surround to cover the gap left between the leading edge of the fireplace and the existing fireplace. A vent free fireplace consists of a chassis, log set, burner, and valve assembly which may be installed into a framed in opening. They are closely designed like a firebox, but the burner and log sets are typically specific to the fireplace itself, and cannot be easily changed. I have listed examples below of each: Empire Breckenridge VFD32FB0L Deluxe Vent-Free Louvered Gas Firebox - 32" Empire Medium Innsbrook Vent-Free Gas Fireplace Insert with Built- In Thermostat Empire Vail Premium Vent-Free Natural Gas Fireplace with Remote Ready Controls and Blower - 36" - VFP-36-BP31LN
    Chris C.
    on January 26, 2015

    from NC asked:
    January 3, 2015
    Do vent free fireplace inserts have a carbon monoxide sensor built into them?
    1 Answer
    While an oxygen depletion sensor is part of their standard construction, the units do not have a carbon monoxide system of any kind. It is recommended to install and maintain at least a couple of carbon monoxide detectors in any home that uses gas appliances.
    on January 5, 2015

    from Columbus, OH asked:
    September 18, 2013
    What is required to use "wellhead" natural gas in a vent free fireplace insert?
    1 Answer
    There is technically nothing separate that is required to operate an appliance on wellhead gas, however every manufacturer that I know of advises against it. Lack of odorants, possible impurities, and variation in BTU content are all concerns. To ensure safe operation, it is best to use only city supplied or treated and stabilized gas.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on September 18, 2013

    from Idaho Falls, ID asked:
    February 10, 2013
    Are there elevation restrictions? Can vent free be operated as a primary heat source?
    1 Answer
    Vent free appliances have an elevation restriction of 4,500 feet. Due to the lack of oxygen, they suffer from frequent pilot outages at any higher elevation. These units must also only be used as a supplemental heat source. Because of oxygen depletion, the unit will eventually shut down if used as a primary heat source. I highly recommend the use of a direct vent appliance as a primary heat source and at higher elevations.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on February 11, 2013

    Luis M
    from Atlanta asked:
    November 17, 2012
    What makes a vent free fireplace "vent free"? Does it need a sensor? Does it need an automatic shut off valve?
    1 Answer
    Vent free fireplaces are completely self contained. By using a lower output burner system, they are able to be used with no exhaust vent. These units will also have an oxygen depletion sensor that will close the gas valve, should oxygen levels in the room reach unsafe levels. These units make excellent supplemental heat sources when installed in large areas with plenty of circulation.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on November 19, 2012

    November 9, 2012
    What is a millivolt control? Does the pilot light stay on all the time with a natural gas fireplace? Can you manually turn your fireplace off and on? Do you have to have a remote control or a thermostat?
    1 Answer
    A millivolt system has a small flame that generates power for the unit's gas valve to operate. As a result, they do not require outside power to operate and can be used in the event of a power outage. The only thing that would be rendered inoperable would be the blower, if applicable. Because of the amount of power the fan needs to operate, it cannot be used during a power outage. With a millivolt system, yes, the pilot will stay lit all the time with natural gas (or propane). You can indeed manually turn it off and on with the control knob. You can even turn it all the way off (extinguishing the pilot) if you wish, but you will have to re-light the pilot every time you want to operate the fireplace. Otherwise, it will go from fully operational back down to just the pilot light. The knob will have three options - "OFF", "PILOT", and "ON", indicating these three options. On almost all of our millivolt units, you can indeed purchase an optional hand-held remote control or a wall-mount thermostat. We also have hand-held remotes that feature thermostatic control.
    on November 9, 2012

    With a vent free fireplace insert, every ounce of fuel is burned, heating your home. These are great additions to any home. If you don't have a masonry fireplace to put the insert into, there are also mantel cabinets specifically designed for ventless fireplace inserts that fit right along any wall!

    Feel free to contact our NFI certified technicians with any questions about ventless gas fireplace inserts or other inserts!
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