HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces FAQ

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Fireplace Basics:

 

A ventless fireplace is a fireplace that does not have any chimney, flue, or exhaust system. The heat of a ventless fireplace remains in the space.
— What is a ventless fireplace?
HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces do not give off the harmful emissions of wood or gas fireplaces which is why HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces don’t require a chimney or venting of any kind, making them much more eco-friendly. Not venting saves considerable construction costs and allows for a greater flexibility in the placement of the fireplace and design of the project. These are just a few ventless fireplace pros.
— What are the ventless fire place pros over conventional wood or gas fireplaces?

FUEL:

 

HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces use proprietary nontoxic, isopropyl alcohol gel fuel cartridges. The fuel is similar to a hospital-grade hand-sanitizer, rubbing alcohol, or chaffing dish fuel. The alcohol gel fuel cartridges are single-use and pre-filled so there is never any pouring of fuel. Light the cartridges by removing the rubber stopper on the top of the cartridge and light the exposed gel fuel with a long butane lighter.
— What is the fuel source?
With combustion of any type there are emissions. When lit, HearthCabinet’s alcohol gel fuel give off mostly water vapor and carbon dioxide, just like human breath. Trace amount of carbon monoxide are well below the 250 parts per million maximum at only 16 parts per million. They are far cleaner burning than wood or gas fireplaces.
— What are the emissions from alcohol gel fuel?
The alcohol gel fuel cartridges will burn themselves out once all of the gel fuel has been used up or can be extinguished with provided metal snuffer plates at any time.
— How do I extinguish the fuel cartridges?
If you re-cap the alcohol gel fuel cartridges after being extinguished and left to cool they can be relit again. We find that the fire burns longer and higher when used entirely in one sitting.
— Can I relight the cartridges after they have been extinguished?
As lively as a wood fire in appearance, like a log, each cartridge lasts up to 2 hours. Lit with a long butane lighter, cartridges can be extinguished at any time with supplied snuffer plates or left to go out on their own. Room size and airflow can have an impact on the fire’s burn time.
— How long do the cartridges last?
HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces’ isopropyl alcohol gel fuel is comparable in burn-time and emissions released to ethanol. However the isopropyl gel fuel provides a brighter golden flame in comparison and is much safer than liquid fuels.
— How does HearthCabinet’s alcohol gel compare to ethanol fuels?
As much as we love s’mores, the answer is no. To ensure safe use, no foreign objects are allowed inside the fireplace and the door must be closed and locked at all times. Using the cartridges or fireplace other than as directed in our Safe Use document would void the fireplace warranty, approval in New York City, and present serious health and safety risks.
— Can I cook or roast marshmallows over HearthCabinet’s alcohol gel fuel cartridges?
HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces were designed with a proprietary fuel cartridge system that ensures safe use. Other than the alcohol gel fuel cartridges, the only other ‘fuel’ approved for use would be Hearth Cabinet’s Summer Candles with Candle Holder. The use of any other candles or fuel would void the fireplace warranty, approval in New York City, and present serious health and safety risks.
— Can I use other types of fuel in a HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces?
The alcohol gel fuel cartridges cost about $8, shipping included. They come in cases of 8 and can be ordered online and shipped anywhere in North America.
— How much do the fuel cartridges cost?
Each HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace comes with one case of alcohol gel fuel cartridges. Cases of fuel cartridges can be ordered online and shipped anywhere in North America. Ordering information will be provided with the delivery of the fireplace.
— How do I buy cases of fuel cartridges?

GENERAL:

 

HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces are not meant to be a primary heating source, but do provide a wonderful ambient heat.
— Can I heat my home with a HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace?
HearthCabinet’s ventless alcohol gel fuel cartridge system is more efficient than a wood or gas fireplace since no heat is being lost up a chimney or flue. However, they are not recommended to be used as a primary heating source.
— Are HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces efficient?
Yes! HearthCabinet’s vent free fireplaces are very safe. For safe-use instructions, see the Safety & Approvals page.
— Are vent free fireplaces safe and how do I operate a HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace?
HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces are the ONLY ventless fireplaces approved or use in New York City by the New York City Fire Department and Department of Buildings because of patented safety features unique to Hearth Cabinet. To see our approval letters, please see the Safety & Approvals page.
— Why are HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces the ONLY NYC approved ventless fireplaces?
HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces are fully-assembled, self-contained fireboxes. We do not offer mantels or surrounds. We are happy to recommend a variety of mantel companies and designers.
— Does HearthCabinet sell mantels or surrounds?
No. Every HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace has a thin rigid steel mesh screen that allows for airflow and prevents inadvertent contact with the flame.
— Is there glass on the front of the fireplaces?
HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces weigh 100 pounds or more depending on the model.
— How much do the fireplaces weigh?
HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces can be used virtually anywhere they can be installed. In New York City, Hearth Cabinet Ventless Fireplaces are the only ventless fireplaces approved for use by the New York City Fire Department and Department of Buildings. For more information, see the Safety & Approvals page.
— Where can HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces be used?
Yes! HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces can be custom sized or designed to match any project. We work closely with trade professionals to achieve the look a project requires. For more information on our bespoke process, contact us for a personal consultation.
— Can HearthCabinet do custom?
HearthCabinet designs and fabricates every Hearth Cabinet Ventless Fireplace in New York City to ensure unparalleled quality and short lead times, and to contribute to the local economy by employing the best local designers, craftsmen and technicians. This leads to a superior product and better customer service.
— Where are HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces manufactured?

INSTALLATION:

 

Contact HearthCabinet during business hours to speak with a design professional that can assist in the design and ordering process or to answer any questions you may have.
— What kind of customer service and consultation is available?
HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces can be installed in minutes by sliding the fireplace into a prepared opening or space and secured with four (4) screws through the base of the firebox. See product spec sheets for specific installation requirements.
— How do you install a HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace? Are there any restrictions?
HearthCabinet does not install fireplaces but can recommend contractors in the New York City area and consult on the installation process.
— Does HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces install the fireplaces?
Any trade professional can quickly and easily install a HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace. See installation requirements on product spec sheets.
— Who can install a HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace?
HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace installations don’t have to be permanent since they are secured with just four (4) screws. HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces must be secured (fixed/not moveable) during use.
— Are the fireplace installations permanent?
Stainless Steel HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces can be used outdoors. Please mention your intended use when specifying or ordering your fireplace.
— Can HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces be used outdoors?
Yes. A minimum of 12” must be left between the top of the firebox frame and the bottom of the TV or electronic device. Within the first 6” above the top of the fireplace frame there must be a barrier (ledge, mantel, or shelf) of heat resistant material between the top of the fireplace frame and the TV or electronic device that extends a minimum of 7” beyond the face of the TV or electronic device to deflect heat away from the TV or electronic device.
— Can I install a TV or electronics above a HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace?
Since HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces only provide a decorative heat and are not a primary heating source they do not require an MEA number. The insulation inside HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces is MEA rated.
— Does HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces have an MEA number?
Our New York City showroom is located in Chelsea, available by appointment, at 250 West 26th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Showroom Hours are Monday – Friday, 9am to 6pm.
— Do you have a showroom?
Check out our Contact page for a full list of publicly accessible HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace installations. NOTE: Some are more accessible than others.
— Where are some publicly accessible HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace installations?

ORDERING:

 

Contact us directly for pricing on all standard or custom models
— How do I get a pricing on HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces?
Yes. HearthCabinet offers a discount to trade professionals.
— Does HearthCabinet offer discounts to the Trade?
To specify or place an order for a HearthCabinet Ventless :

1) Choose a Standard Size* (Name or Model #)
(e.g. Tall, Linear, Square...etc.)
*Contact us directly for custom size, dimensions, and design options.

2) Choose a Material
(e.g. stainless steel, powder-coated steel...etc.)

3) Choose an Interior Finish
(e.g. angled stainless steel, brick pattern glossy black tile...etc.)

4) Choose a Decorative Element
(e.g. ceramic stacking logs, riverstones, glass chips...etc.)

IMPORTANT: Contact us when specifying a HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace to ensure that production timelines meet specific project requirements.
— What information do I need to specify or place an order for a HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace?
HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces are sold directly from HearthCabinet’s New York office. Contact us to place an order.
— How do I purchase a HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace?

SUPPORT:

 

HearthCabinet offers a one year warranty against factory defects. Altering your HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace in any way may void the warranty.
— Does HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces offer a warranty?
All sales are final.
— What is the return policy?
Contact us directly for any repair requests. Do not use any unauthorized parties to make any repairs.
— Who can repair a HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace?
Operate your HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace only as directed and it will last for decades to come. The only maintenance necessary is exchanging the fuel cartridges as needed. To clean the face or interior of the fireplace use a damp cloth. A non-organic stainless steel cleaner can be used on stainless steel surfaces.
— How do I care for and clean my HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace?
Contact us directly to order replacement keys or snuffer plates.
— I have lost the key or snuffer plates for my HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplace. How do I get new ones?