FMI VGCAT50H, VGCAT50, GCAT50H, GCAT50 Owner's manual

FMI VGCAT50H, VGCAT50, GCAT50H, GCAT50 Owner's manual
catalytic Wood Burning Fireplace
OWNER’S OPERATION AND
INSTALLATION MANUAL
PFS
C
®
US
(V)GCAT50
Smooth Face with Insulation
(V)GCAT50H
Smooth Face with Insulation and Herringbone Refractory
These models meet the EPA Wood Burning Fireplace
Program Phase 2 emission level. NOTE: To ensure proper
fireplace operation, the catalyst should be replaced at a
minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years.
SAVE THIS BOOK
This book is valuable. In addition to instructing you
on how to install and maintain your appliance, it also
contains information that will enable you to obtain replacement parts or accessory items when needed. Keep
it with your other important papers.
This fireplace is approved for use as a wood burning fireplace or for use with a vented gas log approved to ANS
Z21.60 and Z21.84 standards or for use with a vent-free gas
log heater approved to ANS Z21.11.2 standard.
This wood burning fireplace complies with UL127CAN/ULC-S610-M87 standard as a FACTORY BUILT
APPLIANCE.
FOR CANADA: The authority having jurisdiction (such
as the municipal building department, fire department,
etc.) should be contacted before installation to determine the need to obtain a permit.
INSTALLER: Leave this manual with the appliance.
CONSUMER: Retain this manual for future reference.
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Table of Contents
Safety Information................................................ 2
Specifications....................................................... 3
Fireplace Installation............................................ 4
Venting Installation............................................... 6
Optional Gas Line Installation............................ 10
Glass Door Installation........................................11
Operation and Maintenance Guidelines............. 12
HearthCAT™Emissions Control System............ 14
Technical Service............................................... 15
Replacement Parts............................................. 16
Accessories........................................................ 17
Safety
WARNING: Improper installation, adjustment, alteration,
service or maintenance can
cause injury, property damage or
loss of life. Refer to this manual
for assistance or additional information. Consult a qualified
installer or local distributor.
IMPORTANT: Check local codes
before installing this fireplace.
Before beginning the installation of the fireplace,
read these instructions through completely.
• This FMI PRODUCTS, LLC fireplace and its
components are safe when installed according to this installation manual. Unless you
use FMI PRODUCTS, LLC components,
which have been designed and tested for
the fireplace system, you may cause a fire
hazard.
• The FMI PRODUCTS, LLC warranty will
be voided by and FMI PRODUCTS, LLC
disclaims any responsibility for the following
actions.
a. Modification of the fireplace, components, doors, air inlet system and
damper control.
b. Use of any component part not manufactured or approved by FMI PRODUCTS,
LLC in combination with a FMI PRODUCTS, LLC fireplace system.
Proper installation is the most important step in
ensuring safe and continuous operation of the
fireplace. Consult the local building codes as to
the particular requirements concerned with the
installation of all factory built fireplaces.
WARNING: Do not install a
fireplace insert in this firebox unless the manufacturer's instructions with the insert specifically
state this fireplace has been
tested for use with the insert.
2
This fireplace is not intended to
be used as a substitute for a furnace to heat an entire home. Use
for supplemental heat only.
FOR YOUR SAFETY
• Do not store or use gasoline
or any other flammable vapors
or liquids in the vicinity of this
or any other appliance.
• Due to high temperatures, the
appliance should be located
out of traffic and away from
furniture and draperies.
• Do not place clothing or other
flammable materials on or near
the appliance.
• Never leave children unattended when a fire is burning
in the fireplace.
WARNING: Use solid wood
or processed solid fuel firelogs
only. When processed wood
fuel fire logs are used, do not
poke or stir the logs while they
are burning. Use only fire logs
that have been evaluated for
the application in fireplace and
refer to fire log warnings and
caution markings on packaging
prior to use.
WARNING: Always leave
glass doors fully opened or
fully closed when operating
fireplace.
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Specifications
50" Models
ROUND TOP TERMINATION
SQUARE CHASE-TOP
TERMINATION
2" CHIMNEY AIRSPACE
CLEARANCE TO
COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL
NO COMBUSTIBLE
MATERIAL ON FACE
COMBUSTIBLE
WALL BOARD
11/2" AIR SPACE
BACK AND SIDES
OUTSIDE AIR
MINIMUM 18" TO
PERPENDICULAR
SIDEWALL
GAS LINE
KNOCKOUTS
0" TO
BOTTOM
12" EACH SIDE
HEARTH EXTENSION
74" X 20"
12"
38.5"
11"
67"
21.25"
58"
49"
30"
28.5"
0.625"
59"
50"
8"
1"
59"
LEFT SIDE
32.75"
AIR KIT
KNOCK OUT
GAS LINE
KNOCK OUTS
3.5"
23.5"
10.5"
9.5"
8.5"
13"
17"
50"
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Fireplace Installation
Selecting location
To determine the safest and most efficient
location for the fireplace, you must take into
consideration the following guidelines:
1. The location must allow for proper clearances (see Figures 1 and 2).
2. Consider a location where the fireplace
will not be affected by drafts, air conditioning ducts, windows or doors.
3. A location that avoids the cutting of
joists or roof rafters will make installation
easier.
4. An outside air kit is available with this
fireplace (see Optional Outside Air Kit,
page 6).
3.
4.
5.
Minimum clearance to
combustibles
Back and sides of fireplace 1 1/2" min.*
Front of fireplace
48" min.
Floor**
0" min.
Perpendicular wall to opening 12" min.
Top spacers
0" min.
Mantel clearance
see Mantels,
page 5
Chimney outer pipe surface 2" min.
6.
upon a metal or wood panel extending
the full width and depth of the fireplace.
Set the fireplace directly in front of this
opening and slide unit back until nailing
flanges touch side framing.
Check the level of fireplace and shim with
sheet metal if necessary.
Before securing fireplace to prepared
framing, the ember protector (provided)
must be placed between hearth extension
(not supplied) and under bottom front
edge of fireplace to protect against glowing embers falling through. If the fireplace
is to be installed on a raised platform, a
Z-type ember protector (not supplied)
must be fabricated to fit your required
platform height. The ember protector
should extend under the fireplace a minimum of 1 1/2". The ember protector should
be made of galvanized sheet metal (28
gauge minimum to prevent corrosion.
Using screws or nails, secure the fireplace
to the framing through flanges located on
the sides of the fireplace.
* Not required at nailing flanges
** See step 2 of Framing
WARNING: Do not pack required air spaces with insulation
or other materials.
Minimum/Maximum Chimney Height
The minimum height of the chimney, measured from the base of the fireplace to the
flue gas outlet of the termination, is 16 feet for
straight flue or a flue with one elbow set. The
maximum distance between elbows is 6 feet.
For systems with two elbow sets, the minimum
height is 22 feet. The maximum height of any
system is 50 feet. This measurement includes
the fireplace, chimney sections and the height
of the termination assembly at the level of the
flue gas outlet (see Figure 15, page 9).
67.125"
58.125"
59" (50")
30.125"
Maintain 1 1/2"
Clearance at Sides
and Back of Fireplace
71"
1 1/2" Clearance
Not Required at
Nailing Flanges
Framing
1. Frame opening for fireplace using the
dimensions shown in Figures 1 and 2.
2. If fireplace is to be installed directly on
carpeting, tile (other than ceramic) or any
combustible material other than wood
flooring, the fireplace must be installed
4
100"
Figure 2 - Corner Installation
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Fireplace Installation
Hearth Extension
A hearth extension projecting a minimum of
20" in front of and a minimum of 12" beyond
each side of the fireplace opening is required
to protect combustible floor construction
in front of the fireplace. Fabricate a hearth
extension using a material which meets the
following specifications: a layer of noncombustible, inorganic material having a thermal
conductivity of K=0.84 BTU IN/FT, HR. F (or
less) at 1" thick. For example, if the material
selected has a K factor of 0.25, such as glass
fiber, the following formula would apply:
0.25 x 1.0" = 0.30" thickness required
0.84
Thermal conductivity "K" of materials can be
obtained from the manufacturer or supplier of
the noncombustible material. If the hearth extension is to be covered, use noncombustible
material such as tile, slate, brick, concrete,
metal, glass, marble, stone, etc. Provide a
means to prevent the hearth extension from
shifting and seal gap between the fireplace
frame and hearth extension with a noncombustible material (see Figure 3).
WARNING: Hearth extension
is to be installed only as shown
in Figure 3.
Fireplace Front
Mantels
A mantel may be installed if desired (see
Figure 4). Woodwork such as wood trims,
mantels or any other combustible material
projecting from the front face must not be
placed within 12" of the fireplace opening.
Combustible materials above 12" and projecting more than 1 1/2" from the fireplace
must not be placed less than 15" from the
top opening of the fireplace (NFPA STD 211,
Sec. 7-3.3.3).
Mantels or any other combustible material
also may come up to the side edge of the
black metal face of the fireplace just as long
as the projection from the front face fall within
the limit shown in Figure 4.
6"
Ref.
3" Nom.
12" Min.
Upper
Section of
Fireplace
Fireplace Opening
Top View of Fireplace
FIREBOX
Hearth
Extension
7.75"
Seal Gap
SAFE ZONE
33°
Ember Protector
Figure 3 - Hearth Extension
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11/2" Max.
15" Min.
Seal Gap
Fireplace Front
Raised Hearth
Fireplace Front
Elevated
Safe
Zone for
Projection of
Combustible
Materials
33°
Ember Protector
Ember Protector
Combustible
Material
12 1/4" Ref.
3" Max.
4.5"
Min. to
Perpendicular
Side Wall
12"
Combustible
Material Must
Not Overlap
Front Face
Figure 4 - Mantel Clearances to
Combustible Material
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Venting Installation
Optional Outside air Kit
(Model ak4/ak4f)
The installation of an outside air kit should
be performed during the rough framing of
the fireplace due to the nature of it's location.
Outside combustion air is accessed through
a vented crawl space (AK4F) or through a
sidewall (AK4).
CAUTION: Combustion air
inlet ducts shall not terminate
in attic space.
Secure to Collars with Metal Tape,
Screws or Straps (Min. 1/4" x 20" size)
Air Inlet
Location
Must Allow
For Bushes
or Snow
LINEAL GAIN
DESCRIPTION
GAIN
Georgian
Fireplace
66 1/2"
12-12DM
Pipe Section
10 5/8"
12-12HT
18-12DM
Pipe Section
16 5/8"
18-12HT
24-12DM
Pipe Section
23 5/8"
24-12HT
36-12DM
Pipe Section
34 5/8"
36-12HT
48-12DM
Pipe Section
46 5/8"
48-12HT
RLT-12D
Round Termination
7 3/4"*
RLT-12HT
Square Chase-Top
STL-12D
7" to 15"*
with Slip Section
* The lineal gain for the terminations is measured to the flue gas outlet height.
15" Galvanized
Outer Pipe
Air Inlet
Eyebrow
Vent Hood
Vented Crawl Space
Required for
(Check Local Codes
Wall Installation
Before Installing in a
Vented Crawl Space)
Figure 5 - Outside Air Kit
Chimney Pipe
The FMI PRODUCTS, LLC chimney system
consists of 12", 18", 24", 36" and 48" snaplock, double-wall pipe segments, planned
for maximum adaptability to individual site
requirements. Actual lengths gained after
fitting overlaps must be taken into consideration (lineal gain) and are given in the lineal
gain chart (see Figure 6). Lineal Gain is the
actual measurable length of a part after two
or more parts are connected. For Canada,
use chimney parts designated "HT".
WARNING: The opening in
the collar around the chimney at
the top of the fireplace must not
be obstructed. Never use blown
insulation to fill the chimney
enclosure.
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PART NO.
Hemmed
End
12 3/8"
Stainless
Inner Pipe
Figure 6 - Lineal Gain
Assembly and installation of
double wall chimney system
Each double wall chimney section consists of a
galvanized outer pipe, a stainless steel inner flue
pipe and a wire spacer. Pipe sections must be
assembled independently as chimney is installed.
When connecting chimney directly to fireplace,
the inner flue pipe section must be installed first
with lanced side up. The outer pipe section can
then be installed over the flue pipe section with
hemmed end up. Press down on each pipe section until lances securely engage hem on fireplace
starter. The wire will assure the proper spacing
between inner and outer pipe sections.
Continue to assemble chimney sections as
outlined above, making sure that both inner and
outer pipe sections are locked together. When
installing double wall snap-lock chimney together, it is important to assure the joint between
chimney sections is locked. Check by pulling
chimney upward after locking. The chimney
will not come apart if properly locked. It is not
necessary to add screws to keep the chimney
together (exception, see Figure 9, page 8).
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Venting Installation
Continued
Using ELBOW offsets (30E-12DM)
1. To achieve desired offset, you may install
combinations of 12", 18", 24", 36" and 48"
length of double wall pipe (see offset chart
and Figure 7).
OFFSET
A
RISE
B
12"
CHIMNEY LENGTH
18" 24" 36" 48"
2. Chimney weight above offset rests on
return elbow. Straps must be securely
nailed to rafters or joists (see Figure 8,
details a and b).
3. Maximum length of pipe between supports
(return elbow or 12S-12DM) is 6' of angle
run. Maximum of two 6' angle run sections
per chimney system (see Figure 7).
4. All pipe connections between the offset
and return must be secured with two
screws on the outer pipe only (see Figure
9, page 8). Do not penetrate the inner
stainless.
See Detail A
4 3/8" 16 3/8"
ELBOW SET ONLY
9 3/4" 25 1/2"
1
12 3/4" 30 3/4"
1
15"
34 3/4"
1
18"
40"
1
1
21 1/4" 46 1/4"
1
23 3/4" 49 1/4"
1
1
27 3/4" 56 3/4"
1
2" Min.
30"
60 3/4"
1
1
33"
66"
1
1
36"
71"
1
1
38 1/4"
75"
2
Straps
41 1/4" 80 1/4"
1
1
1
Straps
45"
86 3/4"
2
Detail B
See Detail B
3
1
46 /4" 89 /2"
1
1
1
Angle Firestop
51"
97"
1
1
53 1/4" 101"
1
2
56 1/4" 106 1/4"
2
59 1/4" 111 1/2"
1
1
1
Straps
61 3/4" 115 1/2" 1
2
Straps
64 3/4" 120 3/4"
1
2
68 1/4" 127"
2
1
Detail A
70"
130"
1
1
2
Return Elbow
74 1/4" 137 1/2" 1
2
1
Figure 8 - Ceiling Support Pipe
76 3/4" 141 1/2"
1
2
1
12S-12DM
79 3/4" 146 3/4"
4
OFFSET CHART (22-50 FT. SYSTEM HEIGHT)
Return
Elbow
Offset
Elbow
Return
Elbow
Offset
Elbow
6' Max.
Return
Elbow
6' Max. Ceiling
Support Pipe
12S-12DM
Return
Elbow
6' Max.
Offset
Elbow
A
Offset
Elbow
Return
Elbow
Offset
6' Max. Elbow
B
6' Max.
6' Max.
C
Figure 7 - Typical Offset Terminations
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Continued
Penetrating roof
Screws
B
A
Figure 9 - Elbow Offset
Firestop Spacers (FS-10)
Firestop spacers are required at each point
where the chimney penetrates a floor space.
Their purpose is to establish and maintain
the required clearance between the chimney
and the combustible materials. When the pipe
passes through a framed opening into a living
space above, the firestop must be placed onto
ceiling from below as shown in Figure 10.
They also provide complete separation from
one floor space to another or attic space as
required by most codes. When the double wall
pipe passes through a framed opening into an
attic space, the firestop must be placed into
an attic floor as shown in Figure 11.
To maintain a 1" clearance to pipe on a roof with
a pitch, a rectangular opening must be cut.
1. Determine the center point through which
pipe will penetrate roof.
2. Determine the center point of the roof. Pitch
is the distance the roof drops over a given
span, usually 12". A 6/12 pitch means that
the roof drops 6" for each 12" one measure
horizontally down from the roof rafters.
3. Use the roof opening chart (Figure 12) to
determine the correct opening length and
flashing required.
4. Remove shingles around the opening
measured. Cut out this section.
5. Add next sections of pipe until the end
penetrates roof line. Check to see that the
proper clearances are maintained. Extend
chimney by adding sections of double
wall pipe until pipe is minimum of 30"
above the highest point of the roof cutout.
Termination and chimney must extend a
minimum of 36" above the highest point
where it passes through the roof.
19.5" Min.
30" Min.
2" Min.
2" Min.
Existing
Ceiling
Frame
2" Min.
Firestop
Spacer
Screws or
Staples
(Min. of 8)
Figure 10 - Firestop Spacer with Living
Space Above Ceiling
Firestop
Spacer
Screws or Staples
(Min. of 8)
Existing
Ceiling
Frame
Figure 11 - Firestop Spacer with Attic
Space Above Ceiling
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Opening "A"
Pitch
Slope Opening Used Flashing
"A" Max.
Model No.
Flat
0°
19.5"
V6F-10DM
0-6/12
26.6°
22"
V6F-10DM
6/12- 12/12 45.0°
27"
V12F-10DM
Figure 12 - Roof Opening Measurements
Flashing installation (v6f-10dm
or v12f-10dm)
Determine flashing to be used with the roof
opening chart. Slide flashing over pipe until
base is flat against roof. Replace as many
shingles as needed to cover exposed area
and flashing base. Secure in position by nailing
through shingles (see Figure 13, page 9). DO
NOT NAIL THROUGH FLASHING CONE.
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Continued
Storm
Collar
Flashing
Cone
Nail Only
Outer
Perimeter
of Flashing
Overlap
Shingles Top
and Sides Only
CAUTION: Do not seal openings on the rooftop flashing. Follow the installation instructions
provided with the termination
being used.
RTL-10D
Stainless
Inner Flue
Pipe
Underlap
Shingles
at Bottom
Figure 13 - Flashing Installation
Installing Flashing on a Metal Roof
When installing the flashing on a metal roof,
it is required that putty tape be used between
the flashing and the roof. The flashing must be
secured to the roof using #8 x 3/4" screws and
then sealed with roof coating to prevent leakage through the screw holes. A roof coating
must also be applied around the perimeter of
the flashing to provide a proper seal.
Storm Collar Installation (SC2-1)
Place storm collar over pipe and slide down
until it is snug against the open edge of the
flashing (see Figure 14). Apply waterproof
caulk around the perimeter of the collar to
provide a proper seal.
Secure
Termination
to Outer
Pipe with 3
Screws
Level of
Flue Gas
Outlet
Waterproof
Caulking
Storm
Collar
Flashing
Overlap
Underlap
Shingles (Top and Sides
Shingles
of Flashing Base)
Figure 15 - Termination
Chase installations
Instructions for chase installations are
included with the chase style termination
chosen. In a multiple chase installation, be
sure to provide adequate distance between
terminations to prevent smoke spillage from
Waterproof one termination to another. Terminations be
separated a minimum of 24" center to center
Caulk
and stacked at a minimum vertical height difference of 18" (see Figure 16).
Flashing
Note: If a decorative shroud is to be installed,
contact the manufacturer for specifications.
Chimney
Pipe
Storm
Collar
Figure 14 - Storm Collar
Terminations/Spark Arrestor
The fireplace system must be terminated with
the listed round top or chase terminations. In
any case, refer to the installation instructions
supplied with the termination.
18"
Min.
Typ.
24" Min.
24" Min.
Figure 16 - Multiple Chase Installation
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10 foot rule
All flue gas outlet chimney terminations must
extend a minimum of 3 feet in height above the
highest point where it passes through the roof
and must be at least 2 feet above the highest point of the roof that is within a horizontal
distance of 10 feet (see Figure 17).
Level of
Flue Gas
Outlet
10'
10'
2' Min.
3' Min.
2' Min.
Finishing fireplace
Combustible materials, such as wallboard,
gypsum board, sheet rock, drywall, plywood,
etc. may make direct contact with sides and
top around the fireplace face. It is important
that combustible materials do not overlap the
face itself. Brick, glass, tile or other noncombustible materials may overlap the front face
provided they do not obstruct essential openings like louvered slots or any other opening.
When overlapping with a noncombustible
facing material, use only noncombustible
mortar or adhesive.
3' Min.
Figure 17 - 10 Foot Rule
Optional Gas Line Installation
Gas line hook up should be done by your
supplier or a qualified service person.
Note: Before you proceed, make sure your
gas supply is turned off.
Use only a 1/2" black iron pipe and appropriate fittings.
1. Remove knockout indentation on refractory or firebrick wall located above refractory hearth floor. The knockout indentation
must be firmly tapped with any solid object
such as a 1/2" dowel until it is released.
Remove fragmented portions of refractory
(see Figure 18).
2. Remove gas line cover plate located on
either side of fireplace and pull out insulation from gas line conduit sleeve. Save
insulation for reuse. Replace screws.
3. Run a 1/2" black iron gas line into fireplace through the rear at gas line conduit
sleeve (if using a raised platform, add
height). Provide sufficient gas line into
fireplace chamber for fitting connection
(see Figure 19). Note: Secure incoming
gas line to wood framing to provide rigidity
for threaded end.
4. Repack insulation around gas line and into
sleeve opening. Seal any gaps between
gas line and refractory knockout hole with
refractory cement or commercial furnace
cement, Install the gas appliance or cap
off gas line if desired.
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Outside of
Fireplace
Gas Line
Conduit
Insulation
Side
Firebrick
Finished
Side
Remove
Knockout
1/2" Dowel
Gas
Conduit
Cover
Refractory
Knockout
Plug
Figure 18 - Gas Line Knockout
Outside of
Fireplace
Gas
Line
Conduit
Incoming
1/2" Black
Iron Pipe
Side
Firebrick
Finished
Side
Seal
Opening
Repack
with
Insulation
Refractory
Cement
Provide Enough Threaded
End for Fitting Connection
Figure 19 - Gas Line Installation
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Optional Gas Line Installation
Continued
CAUTION: All gas piping
and connections must be tested
for leaks after the installation
is completed. After ensuring
that the gas valve is on, apply
soap and water solution to all
connections and joints. Bubbles
forming show a leak. Correct
all leaks at once. DO NOT USE
AN OPEN FLAME FOR LEAK
TESTING AND DO NOT OPERATE ANY APPLIANCE IF A LEAK
IS DETECTED. LEAK TESTING
SHOULD BE DONE BY A QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSON.
WARNING: Do not operate an unvented gas log set in
this fireplace with the chimney
removed.
If you install a decorative gas appliance
(vented gas log), the decorative gas appliance
must comply with the Standard for Decorative
Gas Appliance for Installation in Solid Fuel
Burning Fireplaces, ANS Z21.60 or Z21.84
and shall also be installed in accordance with
the National Fuel Gas Code, ANSI 7223NFPA
54 latest edition.
WARNING: If the fireplace
has been used for wood burning,
the firebox and chimney must be
cleaned of soot, creosote and ashes
by a qualified chimney cleaner. Creosote will ignite if heavily heated.
WARNING: When using a
decorative vented gas log, the
damper must be removed or permanently locked in the fully open
position and the glass doors must
be in the fully open position.
Glass Door Installation
IMPORTANT: Install glass door
frame before installing glass door.
Installing Door Frames
1. Remove screws from smoke shelf (see
Figure 20).
2. Mount top door frame and secure with
screws removed in step 1.
Top Door Frame
Smoke Shelf
3. Remove center brick by pulling ring handle
(see Figure 21).
4. Remove ash box.
5. Remove three screws located at front of
firebox (see Figure 21).
6. Align bottom rail mounting holes with
holes at front of firebox and secure with
screws removed in step 5.
7. Place ash box in place. Replace center
brick.
Bottom
Door Rail
Ash Box
Center
Brick
Screws
Ring
Handle
Figure 21 - Installing Bottom Door Frame
Figure 20 - Installing Top Door Frame
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Installing glass doors
Spring clips have been installed but some
adjustments may be needed. If doors do not
close properly or do not appear straight, see
Door Adjustment.
1. With bi-fold doors completely folded,
insert bottom pivot pin into pivot hole
located near bottom corner of front face
opening and swing door to vertical position making sure top pins slide into door
Fold Door
and Slide
Top Pins
Into Track
Spring
Clip
Insert Pin
into Spring
Clip
track. Door is installed when top door pin
snaps into spring clip.
2. Repeat step 1 for remaining door.
If you find doors do not close properly or do
not appear level or straight, proceed with
section on door adjustment,
Door Adjustment
Remove doors and slightly loosen lower pivot
clips and upper spring clips. Replace doors
and fully close them. Use 1/8" shims (any
material) to level doors. Once proper setting
is achieved, carefully open doors enough so
that you can access spring clips with a Phillips
screwdriver. Tighten screws. See Figure 23.
Spring
Clip
Insert
Bottom
Pivot Pin
into Hole
Pivot
Hole
Figure 22 - Installing Bi-Fold Doors
Figure 23 - Adjusting Bi-Fold Doors
Operation and Maintenance Guidelines
Glass Doors
Glass doors are optional with the fireplace.
When fireplace is in operation, doors must be
fully opened or fully closed position only or a
fire hazard may be created (see Figure 24).
A fireplace equipped with glass doors operates much differently than a fireplace with an
open front. A fireplace with glass doors has a
limited amount of air for combustion.
Excessive heat within the fireplace can result if
too large a fire is built or if combustion air gate
is not completely open. The following tips should
be followed to assure that both the fireplace
and glass door retain their beauty and function
properly. Both the flue damper and glass doors
must be fully opened before starting fire. This will
provide sufficient combustion air and maintain
safe temperatures in firebox.
IMPORTANT: The glass must be allowed to
warm slowly and evenly. The tempered glass
will withstand a gradual temperature rise to
550° F, which is more than a normal fire will
generate. Such materials as pitch/wax laden
logs, very dry mill end lumber and large
amounts of paper or cardboard boxes can
create an excessively hot fire and should not
be burned in this fireplace. Always keep the
fire well back from the doors and never allow
flames to contact the glass.
Doors Fully Closed
Fireplace Front
Fireplace Front
Doors
Fully Opened
Figure 24 - Bi-Fold Glass Doors
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Operation and maintenance Guidelines
Continued
WARNING: Fireplaces
equipped with glass doors
should be operated only with
doors fully opened or doors fully
closed. Doors, if left partly open,
may draw gas and flame out of
the fireplace opening creating
risks of both fire and smoke.
Cleaning Glass
Clean glass with any commercial glass
cleaner or soap and water. Do not use any
abrasive material to clean glass. Do not clean
glass with any cool water if glass is still hot
from the fire and smoke.
A gas line or gas log lighter may be installed
for the purpose of installing a vented or ventfree decorative gas appliance incorporating an
automatic shutoff device and complying with
the Standard for Decorative Gas Appliances
for Installation in Vented Fireplaces, ANSI
Z21.60 or American Gas Association draft
requirements for Gas Fired Log Lighters for
Wood Burning Fireplaces, Draft NO. 4 dated
August, 1993.
If you wish to install an unvented (vent-free)
gas log set, only unvented gas log sets which
have been found to comply with the standard
for unvented room heaters, ANSI Z21.11.2 are
to be installed in this fireplace.
Outside air and damper
handle operation
The damper handle, which opens and closes
the damper blade, is located in the upper front
face of the fireplace. Pushing the handle forward and up through the keyway slot will free
damper blade to automatically open. Pushing
the handle forward and down will lock damper
blade closed (see Figure 25).
The outside air kit lever is located at the left
and right hand sides of fireplace (see Figure
26). Lifting lever up will free the outside air
door to open. Pulling lever down will lock
the door.
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WARNING: Risk of fire! Replace grate with FMI PRODUCTS,
LLC model 109496-04 grate only.
This grate has been designed
to keep the operation of your
fireplace safe and efficient.
Damper
Weight
To Close
Damper
Damper
Weight
To Open
Damper
Figure 25 - Operating Damper Handle
Open Position
Closed Position
Figure 26 - Outside Air Kit Lever
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heARTHCAT™ eMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM
This fireplace is equipped with a HearthCAT™
Emission Control System. The HearthCAT™
system reduces particulates emissions in
a wood burning fireplace to meet the EPA
Wood-Burning Fireplace Program Phase 2
emission level.
The EPA qualifying label, shown below, will
be affixed to the catalyst. Before lighting the
first fire, remove and maintain this label in a
safe place if needed for permits or building
inspection. Prior to beginning installation,
contact your local building official to determine the need to obtain a permit. For proper
operation, catalyst must be replace every 3
to 5 years.
Fueling guidelines
The fireplace grate must always be secured to
the retaining brackets provided. The position
of the grate must be centered against the back
wall of the firebox.
Burn only dry, seasoned (cured) wood with
less than 20% moisture. Avoid the use of
treated, painted and laminated wood. Never
burn garbage or other foreign materials. Do
not use artificial logs, colored newspaper or
petroleum based fire starters. Avoid wood with
high salt content. All of these materials may
contain compounds which can shorten the
life of the catalyst. Wet or unseasoned wood
may lower catalytic temperatures and result
in inefficient operation.
The catalyst is designed to function at optimum efficiency when the fireplace is burning
clean, dry, cord wood as fireplace fuel. A
simple visual inspection of the chimney during the wood burning process will determine
catalyst performance.
The fuel load should always be placed on
the back of the grate. Use clean dry wood,
seasoned cord wood is the best choice.
Never burn trash, plastics, gasoline, rubber,
industrial solvents, flammable liquids, naptha,
household garbage, material treated with
petroleum products, leaves, paper products,
cardboard or salt driftwood.
Refer to your FMI PRODUCTS, LLC Homeowner's Guide included with your fireplace
for proper fire building technique and ash
removal procedures. These fueling guidelines must be followed in order to achieve
maximum emissions performance from the
HearthCAT™ System.
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Operation
The proper use of a wood burning fireplace
equipped with the catalyst will significantly
reduce the emissions that it produces. Simple
fuel considerations with regard to moisture
content, size, and quality of fuel will help
control the production of wood smoke and
improve the performance of the catalyst and
fireplace efficiency. With proper care, the
catalyst will provide years of fuel savings
and lowered emissions. By following some
simple guidelines, you will ensure maximum
performance and longevity.
The smoke that is usually seen coming out
of a chimney is essentially a combination of
unburned fuel (carbon and hydrogen) and
moisture in the form of water vapor. The catalyst is a technology that provides secondary
combustion for the wood burning process.
PHASE 2 QUALIFIED
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Wood-burning Fireplace Program
Phase 2 Qualified models are cleaner and pollute less than those models that
have not met this emissions level. Exposure to smoke has been associated with
respiratory illness and other health problems. Models that have lower smoke
emissions may reduce your risk.
For more information go to www.epa.gov/fireplaces
FIREPLACE
SMOKE EMISSIONS RANGE
Higher Emissions
Lower Emissions
12.0
0
Better
Worse
4.4
5.1
THIS MODEL
EPA PHASE 2 EMISSIONS LEVEL
Fireplaces with lower emissions produce less smoke when installed and operated properly.
MANUFACTURER:
FMI Products LLC
MODEL NO:
GCAT-50
PARTICLE EMISSIONS:
4.4 GRAMS/KG OF WOOD BURNED
* EPA has determined, based on testing by an accredited independent laboratory and a certification
of conformity by a nationally recognized certification body, that this model qualifies at the Phase 2
emissions level for U.S. EPA's Wood Burning Fireplace Program.
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Maintenance
The HearthCAT™ System is a maintenance
free technology. Do not attempt to remove or
clean the combustor. The direct flame from the
fire will clean the combustor. Only a certified
technician should remove the unit. To ensure
proper fireplace operation, the HEARTHCAT™ System should be replaced every 3
to 5 years (see Parts on page 19).
NOTE: Chimney smoke may be visible during
the first 8 to 10 minutes of fireplace operation
when the fire is first getting started and the
final 8 to 10 minutes of operation while the fire
is dissipating. Under normal operating conditions, you should see little or no smoke coming
out of the chimney. If continuous smoke is
visible, make sure only dry seasoned wood is
being burned. If visible smoke continues, the
combustor has ceased to function or there is
thermal crumbling. Call FMI PRODUCTS, LLC
at 1-866-328-4537 for replacement parts.
Warranty
FMI PRODUCTS, LLC warranty obligations
for the HearthCAT™ Emissions Control System are limited to the terms set forth below.
FMI PRODUCTS, LLC warrants to the consumer who purchases a new solid fuel burning
fireplace containing a HearthCAT™ Emissions Control System as a new component,
to replace the catalyst at no charge should it
cease to function within three years from the
date of purchase. The HearthCAT™ Catalytic
Component is designed to perform efficiently
for three years of fireplace operation. ONLY
recommended fuels should be burned. Follow the fueling directions in manufacturers
operation manual. For warranty purposes,
proof of fireplace or HearthCAT™ purchases
is required. Labor for removal and/or installation of the catalytic component is not the
responsibility of the manufacturer.
Neither FMI PRODUCTS, LLC nor the dealer
who sells the HearthCAT™ Emissions Control
System is responsible for indirect, incidental,
special, punitive or consequential damages
arising out of the improper use of this product
or the continued use of this product beyond
the required replacement period.
Technical Service
You may have further questions about installation, operation, or troubleshooting. If so,
contact FMI PRODUCTS, LLC at 1-866-3284537. When calling please have your model
and serial numbers of your heater ready.
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You can also visit FMI PRODUCTS, LLC’s
web site at www.fmiproducts.com.
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Replacement Parts
Herringbone Brick Liner
StandarD Brick Liner
Bottom Front Brick Refractory
111515-01SA - VGCAT50H Models
111515-02SA - GCAT50H Models
Bottom Rear Brick Refractory
111512-01 - VGCAT50H Models
111512-02 - GCAT50H Models
Right Brick Refractory
111507-01 - VGCAT50H Models
111507-02 - GCAT50H Models
Left Brick Refractory
111508-01 - VGCAT50H Models
111508-02 - GCAT50H Models
Rear Brick Refractory
111513-01 - VGCAT50H Models
111513-02 - GCAT50H Models
Bottom Front Brick Refractory
111430-01 - VGCAT50 Models
111430-02 - GCAT50 Models
Bottom Rear Brick Refractory
111428-01 - VGCAT50 Models
111428-02 - GCAT50 Models
Right Brick Refractory
111423-01 - VGCAT50 Models
111423-02 - GCAT50 Models
Left Brick Refractory
111424-01 - VGCAT50 Models
111424-02 - GCAT50 Models
Rear Brick Refractory
111429-01 - VGCAT50 Models
111429-02 - GCAT50 Models
Hearthcat™ catalytic
hood - 125363-02
Screen Assembly - 110227-05
hood retainer brackets
right - 125400-01
left - 125400-02
Ash Box - 111498-01
Grate - 109496-04
Ember Protector - 20093
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Accessories
Bi-Fold Glass Door
BD50 - 50" Black Finish
BD50B - 50" Brushed Brass Finish
BD50P - 50" Platinum Finish
Optional Outside Air Kit for
Sidewall Installation - AK4
Storm Collar - SC2-1
Double Wall Pipe - 12-12DM,
18-12DM, 24-12DM, 36-12DM, 48-12DM,
12-12HT, 18-12HT, 24-12HT, 36-12HT and
48-12HT
Firestop Spacer
FS-10
Roof Flashing
V6F-10DM - 0 to 6/12 Pitch
V12F-10DM - 6/12 to 12/12
Pitch
30° Offset and Return
30E-12DM and 30E-12HT
SQUARE CHASE-TOP
TERMINATION - STL-12D
Optional Outside air kit for
floor installation - ak4f
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Round ToP
TErminations
RLT-12D and RLT-12HT
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