Empire Comfort Systems


Empire 26" Vail Vent-Free Fireplace with Contour Burner - Thermostat Control with Hi-Low Knob

Fuel Type: Natural Gas

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A Vent-Free system uses room air for combustion and delivers 99.9% of the available heat energy directly to the room. Vent-Free systems have an unmatched safety record, thanks in part to their clean-burning technology and their Oxygen Depletion Sensor, which instantly shuts of the valve if oxygen in the room drops to an unsafe level. Because no venting is required, Vent-Free systems offer more installation options.

Vent-Free systems are limited to 40,000 Btu and must be operated as supplemental heating sources in conjunction with a central furnace that circulates air.


  • Unmatched efficiency – 99.9%
  • Offers the most installation versatility
  • Usually less expensive to buy and to install
  • Can operate with a remote or thermostat
  • Most systems can provide live-saving heat during a winter power outage

Vail Vent-Free Fireplaces

At 99.9 percent efficient, the Vent-Free Vail Fireplace delivers more heat for your energy dollars – 32,000 Btu for the Vail 32 and 36,000 Btu for the Vail 36.  Ceramic glazed pellets in the burner tumble and swirl the gas to produce a natural flickering flame.

The Vail 24 delivers the beauty of hand-painted ceramic fiber logs and natural flickering flames to dens, halls, and even bedrooms.

The Vail 26 Special Edition is the American-made fireplace system that ships complete in one package, and is also offered as a separate fireplace – perfect for built-in and custom mantel applications.

Vail Deluxe 26 Special Edition (VFD26FM)

The Vail 26 is perfect for built-in and custom mantel applications.  Or choose one
of our standard cabinet or corner cabinet mantels, available in five finishes – cherry, dark oak, nutmeg, oak, and white – plus unfinished hardwood or oak.

The 10,000 Btu Millivolt and Intermittent Pilot versions may be installed in bedrooms, where allowed by code.

The Vail 26 Special Edition is the American-made fireplace system that ships complete in one package – fireplace, assembled mantel, Flint Hill log set with 20,000 Btu vent-free Contour burner, matte black hood, frame and louvers – even glowing embers.

This package system installs in as little as 30 minutes, minimizing labor costs.  A total mantel footprint of just over 17 by 45 inches makes the Vail 26 Special Edition ideal for tight spaces and small rooms.

The Vail 26 Special Edition is available in three mantel colors – nutmeg, cherry, and white – and in modulating hydraulic thermostat and Millivolt control.  The Millivolt system allows you to add a wall thermostat, remote control, or thermostat remote control.


  • Includes:
    • Ceramic Fiber Log Set
    • Outer Frame and Louvers in Matte Black

CA Residents: See Prop 65 WARNING.


 Banded Brick Liner

  • Ceramic fiber liner
  • Realistic dark bricks with charcoal mortar
  • Accent band of diagonal bricks


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Traditional Log and Ember Bed Kit

  • Includes: six (6) burnt log pieces, white ash, and lava rock
  • *This kit is not for use atop a burner.

Automatic Single-Speed Fireplace Blower

  • Automatic single-speed blower
  • Improves fireplace efficiency and hot air distribution

Wire extension kit for FBB4 variable-speed blower

    Flexible Stainless Steel Gas Line

    • Stainless steel flexible gas line
    • 24" length
    • Ideal for the connection of a variety of gas appliances

      Platinum Glowing Fireplace Embers

      • Platinum glowing fireplace embers
      • Can be placed directly on burner
      • Includes approximately 1 gram of ember material

      Click to see Fireplace Hood / Steel Frame & Bottom Trim

      Hammered Pewter Fireplace Hood

      • Protective hood for
      • Attractive hammered pewter finish

      Steel Frame, Hammered Pewter

      • Transitions fireplace to adjoining surface
      • Durable three-piece metal construction
      • Available in an attractive Hammered Pewter finish

      Hammered Pewter Bottom Fireplace Trim

      • Bottom trim
      • Attractive hammered pewter finish



      Cabinet Mantels and Corner Cabinet Mantels with Bases

      • Color: Oak, Dark Oak, Cherry, White
      • Product Dimensions: 37 3/4" W x 38 1/2" H x 12 1/2" D(EMF22DO, EMF22C)
      • Built-in base
      • Compact design
      • Traditional styling
      • Five finishes available
      • Cabinet Mantels require 3-piece frame (a black frame is included with the fireplace)