Fireplaces: Zero clearance gas fireplaces with a traditional look
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According to manufacturer Empire the vent-free fireplaces burn with better than 99 percent fuel efficiency. Vent-free fireplaces draw in room air, then heat and re-circulate the air. An oxygen depletion sensor and automatic shut-off control ensure safety.
Empire's "Slope Glaze Burner System" produces tall, dancing flames and the charred oak log set and a bed of glowing embers simulate the look of a wood fire. The fireplaces can be ordered for use with either natural gas or propane. Additional accessories include ceramic brick liners, single and variable speed blowers, embers kit, and full, corner and flush mounted cabinets, bases, laminates and stone surrounds. The Vail series was priced at $963 to $1,358 in December 2004. Accessories from ember kits to blowers are sold separately and range from $32 to $200. A variety of mantel and base kits are sold separately starting at about $500.