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VENT-FREECOMPACT FIREPLACE

OWNER’S OPERATION AND INSTALLATION MANUAL

PFS ®

US

Shown with Optional Cabinet Mantel/Hearth Base Accessory

Models VMH26TPC and VMH26TNC 14,000 to 26,000 Btu/Hr with Thermostat

WARNING: If the information in this manual is not followedexactly, a fire or explosion may result causing property damage, personal injury, or loss of life.

Do not store or use gasoline or other ­flammable vapors and liquids in the ­vicinity of this or any other appliance.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SMELL GAS

Do not try to light any appliance.

Donottouchanyelectricalswitch;donotuseany phone in your building.

Immediatelycallyourgassupplierfromaneighbor’s phone. Follow the gas supplier’s instructions.

If you cannot reach your gas supplier, call the fire department.

Installationandservicemustbeperformedbyaqualified installer, service agency, or the gas supplier.

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

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Table of Contents

Safety...................................................................

2

Local Codes.........................................................

4

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

4

Product Features..................................................

5

Unpacking............................................................

5

Assembly..............................................................

5

Air for Combustion and Ventilation.......................

6

Installation............................................................

9

Operation...........................................................

19

Inspecting Burner...............................................

22

Cleaning and Maintenance.

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Troubleshooting.................................................

24

Specifications.....................................................

28

Service Hints......................................................

28

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

28

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

28

Accessories........................................................

29

Parts...................................................................

30

Warranty...............................................

Back Cover

Safety

WARNING: Improper installation, adjustment, alteration, service, or maintenance can causeinjuryorpropertydamage.

Refer to this manual for correct installation and operational procedures. For assistance or additional information consult a qualified installer, service agency, or the gas supplier.

WARNING: This is an unventedgas-firedheater. It usesair(oxygen)fromtheroom in which it is installed. Provisions for adequate combustion and ventilation air must be provided. Refer toAir for Combustion and Ventilation section on page 6 of this manual.

This appliance may be installed in an aftermarket,* permanently located, manufactured (mobile) home, where not prohibited by local codes.

This appliance is only for use withthetypeofgasindicatedon the rating plate. This appliance is not convertible for use with other gases.

* Aftermarket: Completion of sale, not for purpose of resale, from the manufacturer

WARNING:Thisproductcontainsand/orgenerateschemicals known to the state of California tocausecancerorbirthdefects, or other reproductive harm.

IMPORTANT: Read this owner’s manual carefully and completely beforetryingtoassemble,operate, orservicethisfireplace.Improper useofthisfireplacecancauseseriousinjuryordeathfromburns,fire, explosion, electrical shock, and carbon monoxide poisoning.

DANGER:Carbonmonoxide

poisoning may lead to death!

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Early signs of carbon monoxide poisoning resemble the flu, with headaches, dizziness, or nausea. If you have these signs, the fireplace may not be working properly. Get fresh air at once! Have fireplace serviced. Some people are more affected by carbon monoxide than others. These include pregnant women, people with heart or lung disease or anemia, those under the influence of alcohol, and those at high altitudes.

Natural and Propane/LP Gas: Natural and propane/LP gases are odorless. An odor-mak- ing agent is added to these gases. The odor helps you detect a gas leak. However, the odor added to the gas can fade. Gas may be present even though no odor exists.

Make certain you read and understand all warnings. Keep this manual for reference. It is your guide to safe and proper operation of this fireplace.

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WARNING: Any change to this heater or its controls can be dangerous.

WARNING: Do not allow fans toblowdirectlyintothefireplace. Avoidanydraftsthatalterburner flame patterns. Ceiling fans can create drafts that alter burner flame patterns. Altered burner patterns can cause sooting.

WARNING:Donotuseablower insert, heat exchanger insert, orotheraccessorynotapproved for use with this fireplace.

Due to high temperatures, the applianceshouldbelocatedout oftrafficandawayfromfurniture and draperies.

Do not place clothing or other flammable material on or near the appliance. Never place any objects in the fireplace.

Fireplace front and screen becomeveryhotwhenrunningfireplace. Keep children and 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.

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

You must operate this fireplace with the fireplace screen and hood in place. Make sure fireplace screen is in place before running fireplace.

Keep the appliance area clear and free from combustible materials,gasoline,andotherflammable vapors and liquids.

1.This appliance is only for use with type of gas indicated on rating plate. This appliance is not convertible for use with other gases.

2.Do not place propane/LP supply tank(s) inside any structure. Locate propane/LP supply tank(s) outdoors (propane/LP only).

3.If you smell gas

shut off gas supply

do not try to light any appliance

do not touch any electrical switch; do not use any phone in your building

immediately call your gas supplier from a neighbor’s phone. Follow the gas supplier’s instructions

if you cannot reach your gas supplier, call the fire department

4.This fireplace shall not be installed in a bedroom or bathroom.

5.Do not use this fireplace as a wood-burn-ing fireplace. Use only the logs provided with the fireplace.

6.Do not add extra logs or ornaments such as pine cones, vermiculite, or rock wool.

Using these added items can cause sooting. Do not add lava rock around base. Rock and debris could fall into the control area of fireplace.

7.This fireplace is designed to be smokeless. If logs ever appear to smoke, turn off fireplace and call a qualified service person.

Note: During initial operation, slight smoking could occur due to log curing and fireplace burning manufacturing residues.

8.To prevent the creation of soot, follow the instructions in Cleaning and Maintenance, page 23.

9.Before using furniture polish, wax, carpet cleaner, or similar products, turn heater off. If heated, the vapors from these products may create a white powder residue within burner box or on adjacent walls or furniture.

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10.This fireplace needs fresh air ventilation to run properly.This fireplace has an Oxygen

Depletion Sensing (ODS) safety shutoff system. The ODS shuts down the fireplace if not enough fresh air is available. See Air for Combustion and Ventilation, page 6. If fireplace keeps shutting off, see

Troubleshooting, page 24.

11.Do not run fireplace

where flammable liquids or vapors are used or stored.

under dusty conditions.

12.Do not use this fireplace to cook food or burn paper or other objects.

13.Do not use fireplace if any part has been under water. Immediately call a qualified service technician to inspect the room fireplace and to replace any part of the control system and any gas control which has been under water.

14.Turn off and unplug fireplace and let cool before servicing. Only a qualified service person should service and repair fireplace.

15.Operating fireplace above elevations of 4,500 feet could cause pilot outage.

16.Do not operate fireplace if any log is broken. Do not operate fireplace if a log is chipped (dime-sizedor larger).

17.To prevent performance problems, do not use propane/LP fuel tank of less than 100 lbs. capacity (propane/LP only).

18.Provide adequate clearances around air openings.

Local Codes

Install and use fireplace with care. Follow all local codes. In the absence of local codes, use the latest edition of The National Fuel Gas Code, ANSI Z223.1/NFPA 54*.

*Available from:

American National Standards Institute, Inc.

1430 Broadway

New York, NY 10018

National Fire Protection Association, Inc.

Batterymarch Park

Quincy, MA 02269

State of Massachusetts: The installation must be made by a licensed plumber or gas fitter in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Sellers of unvented propane or natural gas-firedsupplemental room heaters shall provide to each purchaser a copy of 527 CMR 30 upon sale of the unit.

Vent-freegas products are prohibited for bedroom and bathroom installation in the

Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Product

Identification

Fireplace

Cabinet

Screen

Logs

Control Knob

Ignitor Button

Figure 1 - Vent-FreeGas Compact

Fireplace

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Product Features

Safety Pilot

This fireplace has a pilot with an Oxygen

Depletion Sensing (ODS) safety shutoff system. The ODS/pilot is a required feature for vent-freeroom fireplaces. The ODS/pilot shuts off the fireplace if there is not enough fresh air.

Thermostatic Heat Control

This fireplace has a thermostat sensing bulb and a control valve. The thermostat will automatically modulate the heat output to maintain a consistent room temperature. This results in greater fireplace comfort. This can also result in lower gas bills.

Piezo Ignition System

This fireplace has a piezo ignitor. This system requires no matches, batteries, or other sources to light fireplace.

Unpacking

1.Remove fireplace and hood from carton. Log is wrapped and inside fireplace. Do not remove at this time.

2.Remove all protective packaging applied to fireplace for shipment.

3.Make sure your fireplace includes one hardware packet.

4.Check fireplace for any shipping damage. IfheaterisdamagedcallFMIPRODUCTS,

LLC at 1-866-328-4537for replacement parts before returning to dealer.

Assembly

WARNING: Always have branch support and screen in placebeforeoperatingfireplace.

Thispreventsexcessivetemperatures on fireplace surfaces.

WARNING:Failuretoposition thepartsinaccordancewiththese diagrams or failure to use only parts specifically approved with this fireplace may result in property damage or personal injury.

Assembling Fireplace

Tools Required:

Phillips screwdriver

5/16" hex wrench

slotted screwdriver

Installing Log

1.Lift screen up and pull out to remove.

2.Cut two plastic straps to remove the log from the firebox cavity.

3.An optional blower is available. See Accessories, page 29. Install optional blower now. Follow installation instructions provided with blower.

4.Remove log packaging material and discard packaging. Gently place log set on burner support (see Figure 2). The log should fit flat against top of burner support and log locator tabs fit into the slots under the log. Do not allow log to contact flame. If flame contacts log, soot will be created.

5.Reattach screen by placing the notches in the screen frame over the shoulder screws and pushing down.

Log

Shoulder

Burner Support

with Log

 

Screw

Locator Tabs

 

 

Screen

Branch

Support

Figure 2 - Assembling Fireplace

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