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Empire Comfort Vail 26

Post in 'It's a Gas!' started by eschills, Jan 10, 2010.

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  1. eschills

    eschills Member

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    I run a pellet stove in the lower level of my raised ranch. I have to still use my oil heat to keep upstairs as warm as I like. I am thinking about an Empire Comfort Vail 26 vent free propane fireplace for upstairs. I have propane line on the other side of the wall for my oven, so install would be very easy. Any feedback on this unit?

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  2. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    If you want positive feedback on house-vented gas burning units (aka vent-free),
    you probably won't get too much of it here.
    They are efficient - about 99% - & that's the ONLY good thing I can say about them.
    They will put a gallon of water vapor into your home, for every gallon of propane they burn.
    They will burn EVERYTHING that floats in the air in your home as well.
    Dust, dog hair, cat dander, aerosol sprays, You name it. If it floats & is combustible,
    a house-vented unit WILL burn it. That's where most of the unpleasant smells that
    these units give off come from.
    They also put what the manufacture specifies as "an acceptable amount of carbon monoxide"
    into your home.
    How much do YOU consider acceptable?
  3. jtp10181

    jtp10181 Minister of Fire

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    Can't really add any to that, DAKSY pretty much summed up vent-free units.
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