FMI VEF21B User Manual

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Patent No. 7,219,456 B1

Read these instructions completely before beginning installation. Failure to follow them could cause a heater malfunction resulting in serious injury and/or property damage.

WARNING: All electric heaters have hot and arcing or sparking parts inside. Do not use it in areas where gasoline, paint or flammable liquids are or are stored.

This fireplace meets the construction and safety standards of H.U.D. for application in manufactured homes when installed according to these instructions.

INSTALLER: Leave this manual with the appliance. CONSUMER: Retain this manual for future reference.

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Table of Contents



Cleaning and Maintenance.

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Listing Approvals..................................................


Technical Service................................................


Product Dimensions.............................................


Replacement Parts.............................................


Product Identification............................................




Unpacking and Testing.........................................


Wiring Diagram..................................................


Locating Fireplace................................................











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WARNING:Improperinstallation, adjustment, alteration, service or maintenance can cause injury or property damage. Refer to this manual. For assistance or additional information, consult a qualified installer.

CAUTION: Do not expose the heater to the elements (such as rain, etc).

Do not place clothing or other flammable material on or near firebox.Neverplaceanyobjects on the fireplace.

Carefully supervise young children when they are in the room with fireplace.

Fireplace becomes very hot whenrunning.Keepchildrenand adults away from hot surfaces to avoid burns or clothing ignition. Fireplace will remain hot for a time after shutdown. Allow surfaces to cool before touching.

Do not install fireplace directly on carpet or similar surface whichmayrestrictaircirculation beneath unit.

When using electrical heaters, basic precautions should always be followed to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and injury to persons, including the following:

1.Read all instructions before using this heater.

2.Keep combustible materials, such as furniture, pillows, bedding, papers, clothes and curtains at least 3 feet (0.9 m) from front of heater.

3.This heater is hot when in use. To avoid burns, do not let bare skin touch hot surfaces. The grill directly in front of heater outlet becomes hot during heater operation.

4.Extreme caution is necessary when any heater is used by or near children or invalids and whenever heater is left operating and unattended.

5.Always unplug heater when not in use.

6.Do not operate any heater with a damaged cord or plug or if heater malfunctions or has been dropped or damaged in any way.

Return heater to authorized service facility for examination, electrical or mechanical adjustment or repair.

7.Do not use outdoors.

8.This heater is not intended for use in bathrooms, laundry areas and similar indoor locations. Never locate heater where it may fall into a bathtub or other water container.

9.Do not run cord under carpeting. Do not cover cord with throw rugs, runners or the like. Arrange cord away from traffic area and where it will not be tripped over.

10.To disconnect heater, turn controls to the OFF before removing plug from outlet.

11.Do not insert or allow foreign objects to enter any ventilation or exhaust opening as this may cause an electric shock or fire or damage the heater.

12.To prevent possible fire, do not block air intakes in any manner. Do not use on soft surfaces, like a bed, where openings may become blocked.

13.Always use properly grounded fused and polarized outlets.





14.A heater has hot and arcing or sparking parts inside. Do not use it in areas where gasoline, paint or flammable liquids or vapors are used or stored.

15.Use this heater only as described in this manual. Any other use not recommended by the manufacturer may cause fire, electric shock or injury to persons.

16.Avoid the use of an extension cord because the extension cord may overheat and cause a risk of fire. However, if you have to use an extension cord, the cord should be No. 14 AWG minimum size and rated not less than 1875 WATTS.

17.Always use ground fault protection where required by electrical codes.

18.Always disconnect power before performing any cleaning, maintenance or relocation of heater.

19.To prevent a possible fire, do not burn wood or other materials in this heater.

20.To prevent electric shock or fire, always use a certified electrician should new circuits or outlets be required.

21.When transporting or storing heater, keep in a dry place.

22.Control panel door gets hot during operation. Open door by pressing on right side.

A spring magnet will disengage. Pull door down to open.

Listing Approvals

This heater has been tested in accordance with the CSA Standards for fixed and locationdedicated electric room heaters in the United

States. All components are UL or CSA safety certified.

If you need assistance during installation, please contact your local dealer or the FMI PROD-

UCTS, LLC at 1-866-328-4537.


23" Fireplace/Insert






15 Amp


Grounded Circuit

Note: This heater must be electrically wired and grounded in accordance with local codes or, in the absence of local codes, with National Electric Code ANSI/NFPA 70-latestedition or the Canadian Electric Code, CSA C22.1 as appropriate.

Product Dimensions



































































































































Figure 1 - Heater Dimensions



Product Identification







Ember Control

Panel Door



Heat Vents





Heater Flame Ember

Power Button

(Behind Door)




Front Glass





Back Glass








Log Set

Figure 2 - Product Identification

Unpacking and Testing

Carefully remove unit from box. Prior to permanently installing unit, test to make sure unit operates properly. To do this, plug unit's power supply cord into a conveniently located 120-voltgrounded outlet.

CAUTION; The unit's power supply cord must be connected to a properly grounded and pro-tected120-voltoutlet.Alwaysuseground fault protection where required by the electrical code.

WARNING: Do not operate the unit if it is damaged or has malfunctioned.Ifyoususpectthe unit is damaged, return the unit to an authorized service facility forexamination,electricalormechanical adjustment or repair.

Locating Fireplace

WARNING: Due to high temperatures, this heater should be located out of traffic. Keep combustible materials such as furniture, pillows, bedding, papers, clothes and curtains at least 3 feet (0.9 m) from the front of the heater.

WARNING: Never locate this heaterwhereitmayfallintoabathtub or other water container.

NOTICE:Minimumandmaximum clearancesmustbemaintainedat alltimes.Illustrationsthroughout theseinstructionsreflecttypical installations and are for design purposes only. Actual installations may vary slightly due to individual preferences.

WARNING: To prevent contact with sagging or loose insulation, the heater must not beinstalledagainstvaporbarrier orexposedinsulation.Localized overheating could occur and a fire could result.



Locating Fireplace


CAUTION: Do not expose the heater to the elements (such as rain, etc.)

CAUTION: Wear gloves and safety glasses for protection during installation and maintenance.

This electric fireplace can be installed in a mantel, framed into a wall or installed into an existing fireplace. If installing into a mantel, follow mantel’s assembly instructions.

Figure 3 illustrates a variety of ways the heater may be located in a room. The heater may be installed directly on the floor or raised on a hearth.




Into Wall

Mantel or Existing

Installation Fireplace

Figure 3 - Heater Locations


WARNING - RISK OF FIRE! The power cord must not be pinched or against a sharp edge. Secure cord to avoid tripping or snaggingtoreducetheriskoffire, electric shock or personal injury.

Do not run cord under carpeting. Do not cover cord with throw rugs, runners or the like.Arrange cord away from traffic areas and where it will not be tripped over.


To prevent a possible fire, do not block air intake or exhaust in any manner. Do not use on soft surfaces where openings may become blocked.

WARNING - RISK OF FIRE! Do not blow or place insulation against the firebox.

WARNING: If the information in these instructions is not followedexactly,afireorexplosion mayresultcausingpropertydamage, personal injury or death.

Do not store or use gasoline or otherflammablevaporsinthevicinity of this or any other heater.

Installing fireplace

Select a suitable location that is not susceptible to moisture and is a safe distance from drapes, furniture and high traffic areas.

Note: Follow all national and local electrical codes. This insert can be installed into either an existing fireplace or as new construction/ renovation.

Installing in Mantel

1.Assemble mantel according to mantel instructions.

2.Locate mantel near a wall (or corner depending on mantel type) close to a power source. You may have to alter base boards to fit mantel flush against wall.

3.Insert fireplace into front of mantel. Be careful not to scratch finish on base. Fireplace will fit flush against front of mantel.

4.Plug fireplace into power source. Push mantel with fireplace into final location.

Existing Fireplace Installation

1.Thoroughly clean out existing fireplace and hearth area.

2.Seal all drafts, vents or ash clean-outswith fiberglass insulation. Seal flue. Once sealed, close damper to stop debris from falling onto unit.

3.If existing fire box is susceptible to moisture, cap top of chimney flue to prevent infiltration of water.





Note: It is strongly advised that you hire a qualified professional to undertake this step in order to prevent personal injury. Once the flueiscapped,chimneyisnolongersuitable for wood burning.

Note: Do not install this unit into a fireplace that is prone to dampness; the area of installation must be dry.

4.Plan the power supply. If an existing grounded outlet is near fireplace, power cord can run along front of fireplace. If cord is not long enough to reach outlet, a grounded extension cord minimum AWG No. 14 and rated to a minimum of 1875 watts, may be used. If you plan to cut or drill a hole in existing fireplace for wiring, it is best to hire a professional to do this step in order to prevent personal injury.To reduce theriskoffire,donotrunpowercordunder rugs, carpets, etc. Arrange power supply cord away from high traffic areas where it may pose a tripping hazard.

WARNING:Thesolidfuel/gas fireplacehasbeenconvertedfor use with an electric insert and cannot be used for original fuels unless all original parts have been replaced and the fireplace has been reapproved by the authority having jurisdiction.

New Construction or Renovation

1.Select a location at least 3 feet (0.9 m) away from combustible materials such as curtains or drapes, furniture, bedding, paper, etc.

2.Mark desired location on floor and store unit in a safe, dry and dust free location.

3.Frame in an opening leaving at least 1/4"

(6 mm) around the edge of the unit (see ).

Any new wiring must be done in compliance with local and national codes and other applicable regulations in order to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock or other injuries.

Therefore, it strongly recommended that you hire a professional to complete any such work.

4.Plan you power supply route. See step 4 of Framing


Figure 4, shows a typical framing of this heater using combustible materials. All required clearances to combustibles must be adhered to. Header height is measured from the base of the heater.

Tools and building supplies required for installation:


• Square




• Level

Phillips screwdriver


Framing materials

Electric drill/bits

Tape measure


Caulking material

CAUTION:Provideadequate clearances around the air openingsandadequateaccessibility clearances for servicing and proper operations.


Header Height




0.75" - 0.50"


Note: The height that a combustible mantel is fitted above the heater is dependent on thea minimum of 1" above the front.

Figure 4 - Framing Heater for New Construction/Renovation



Flame Control



Installing as Insert

Oncethesitehasbeenprepared,thefireplace insert can be installed.

1.Make sure power switch is in the OFF position.

2.Plug fireplace into a 15-amp/120volt, grounded outlet.

3.Push fireplace insert so that the trim is against the finished mantle or wall surface.


WARNING:Controlpaneldoor on this heater cannot, in any way, be covered as it may create a fire hazard.

Combustible Finishing Material: Materials made of or surfaced with wood, compressed paper, plant fibers, plastics or any material capable of igniting andburning,whetherflame proofed or not, plastered or unplastered (this includes drywall).

Noncombustible Finishing Material : Materials which will not ignite and burn. Such materials are those consisting entirely of steel, iron, brick, tile, concrete, slate, glass or plasters or combinations thereof or have a fire rating of zero.

Finishing checklist

Power supply service must be completed prior to finishing to avoid reconstruction.

Grills and air openings cannot be covered in any circumstances.

Note: The heater is a zero clearance fireplace and may be finished with combustible or noncombustible finishing materials.

When using paint or lacquer to finish the mantel, they must be heat resistant to prevent discoloration.


The controls (see Figure 5) are located behind hinged control panel door. If using heater, control panel door will be hot during and immediately after operation. Open door by pressing on right side. A spring magnet will push door forward. Pull door down to open.

1.Plug in electric fireplace.

2.Turn on lighted power switch (see Figure 5).

3.Adjust Flame and Ember to desired settings using the control pad on fireplace or remote control (see Figure 6). Figure 7, page8,showsfireplacesettingsavailable.

Default settings are circled. Press control pad or remote control buttons once and release to adjust settings.

The heater works with a thermostat when turned on. It will shut off when room reaches approximately 86° F (30° C).

Ember Control



Heater Flame Ember

Lighted Power Switch

Figure 5 - Controls For Electric Fireplace

4.When using remote control, aim remote at sensor located in center of unit just above log set. IMPORTANT: This remote control must remain within 20 feet (6 m) of fireplace to be effective.

5.When power switch is turned off, fireplace settings go back to default (see Figure 7, page 8).

Figure 6 - Remote Control For Electric





















Figure 7 - Fireplace Settings (Default Settings are Circled)

Cleaning and Maintenance

WARNING: Always disconnect power and allow the heater to cool before performing any cleaning,maintenanceorrelocation of this heater. Turn controls to OFF and remove plug from outlet or turn off circuit breaker to heater.

To service electric fireplace it may be necessary to remove it from the mantel or enclosure in which it is installed. Let unit cool completely before cleaning or servicing.

Cleaning Firebox

1.Open control panel door by pressing on right side. A spring magnet will push door forward. Pull door down to open.

2.Remove 2 screws holding front trim in place. Pull gently to remove trim (see

Figure 8). There are magnets on the lower portion of trim (see Figure 8)

3.With gloves and safety glasses in place, remove 4 screws from glass retainer brackets (2 per bracket).

4.Carefully remove front glass and brackets

(see Figure 9).

5.Using a brush vacuum attachment, gently clean compartment.

6.After cleaning compartment, replace front glass, screw, bracket and trim.

Control Panel Door



Magnets on

Back of Trim

Figure 8 - Removing Trim

Bracket Screws

Front Glass


Figure 9 - Removing Brackets and Front




Cleaning and Maintenance


Replacing log

1.Follow steps 1 through 4 of Cleaning Firebox, page 8.

2.Remove screws from each side of log that secures log to base and remove log (see

Figure 9, page 8).

3.Install new log using screws removed in step 2.

4.Replace front glass, bracket and screws.

5.Replace trim.

Ember LED

Strip with



Figure 10 - Removing Log and Ember


Replacing Ember Strip

1.Follow steps 1 and 2 under Replacing Log.

2.Locate ember LED strip (see Figure 10). Disconnect wire (right side).

3.Remove ember LED strip by squeezing top of standoffs and discard.

4.Connect new ember LED strip using existing standoffs.

5.Reconnect wire to LED strip.

6.Follow steps 3 and 4 under Replacing Log.

Replacing Heater/Blower

1.Follow steps 1 and 2 of Cleaning Firebox, page 8.

2.Remove screws from around top panel of firebox (see Figure 11).

3.There are several wires attached to the top panel. Carefully lift top panel.

4.Disconnect heater/blower wires from main circuit board.

5.Remove screws holding heater/blower to top panel (see Figure 11).

6.Remove brackets from heater/blower (see

Figure 12). Save brackets and screws.

7.To remove heater from blower, remove 4 screws (2 per side).

8.If replacing blower, remove screws from brackets on blower. Install brackets to new blower.

9.Replace blower or heater. Replace screws removed in step 7 (see Figure 13, page 10).

10.Hold heater/blower with brackets in place against top panel and replace screws removed in step 5.

11.Reconnect wires to main circuit board (see

Wiring Diagram, page 12).

12.Replace top panel and screws.

13.Replace trim.

Screws Securing


Top Panel


Figure 11 - Removing Top Panel and



Figure 12 - Removing Brackets from Heater/Blower



Cleaning and Maintenance




Figure 13 - Removing Heater from Blower

Replacing Transformer

1.Follow steps 1 through 3 under Replacing Heater/Blower, page 9.

2.Disconnect transformer wires from control board.

3.Remove screws from outside of firebox surround to remove transformer (see

Figure 14).

4.Remove and discard transformer.

5.Place new transformer against inside of firebox surround and replace screws removed in step 3.

6.Reconnect transformer wires to control board (see Wiring Diagram, page 12).

7.Replace top panel and screws.

8.Replace trim

Transformer Screws

5.Reconnect wires to main control board (see Wiring Diagram, page 12).

6.Replace top panel and screws.

7.Replace trim


Main Control





Figure 15 - Control Board

Replacing Settings Control


1.Follow steps 1 through 3 under Replacing

Heater/Blower,page 9.

2.Disconnect wires from main control board.

3.Remove screws from bracket to remove settings control board.

4.Place new settings control board into position making sure each control is aligned with slot in panel. Install using screws from step 3. DO NOT overtighten. This will damage control board.

5.Reconnect wires to main control board (see Wiring Diagram, page 12).

6.Replace top panel and screws.

7.Replace trim

Figure 14 - Removing Transformer

Replacing Main Control Board

1.Follow steps 1 through 3 under Replacing

Heater/Blower,page 9.

2.Disconnect wires to main control board.

3.Squeeze top of standoffs to remove main control board and discard.

4.Gently push new control board onto standoffs to install.



Control Board

Figure 16 - Replacing Settings Control