FAQs

We have compiled a common list of questions our customers have asked us over the years. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for here, please get in touch with us on our contact page or give us a call at 1.800.642.2920.

Does Isokern offer two-sided Fireplaces?

Yes. The Isokern Standard Series and Vent-Free Series can be installed for a ‘see-thru’ application. These particular installations are referenced in both Series’ installation manuals.

How long will my Isokern last?

When treated and installed properly, Isokern products should last for the life of your house.

Can my Isokern Fireplace be made to have a taller opening?

Yes, but there are limitations to doing this such as ceiling height, surrounding environment and indoor air quality.

Can an Isokern fireplace system sit on a wood floor?

The Vent-Free Series and B-Vent IBV Series units can sit on a wood floor. However, most wood-burning Isokern fireplaces cannot. The exception to this is the Standard Series and Magnum Series when the Fire-Lite application is applied. Please consult your local sales representative or dealer for proper fireplace selection and placement.

What type of gas logs can be used in an Isokern fireplace system?

Vented gas logs can be used in the IBV, Standard, Magnum Series. These gas logs range from 50,000 BTU to 100,000 BTU maximum. The Vent-Free Series specifies the use of AGA listed “vent-free” log sets. The “vent-free” log sets are 40,000 BTU maximum.

Do Isokern fireplaces come with a glass front?

No. All Isokern fireplaces are designed as open front units. If glass doors are required by local code or desired, the fireplace must be burned with the glass doors in the fully open position.

Can I vent an Isokern directly out the back of the box?

No. Isokern vented units are specifically designed to vent vertically.

How much does an Isokern fireplace or chimney system cost?

Due to the fact that each Isokern system is unique there is no one set price for every region of the country. Prices may vary due to project scope, specifications and site.

Where can I buy an Isokern?

You may contact our national headquarters for a dealer or distributor near you or you may call one of our ten sales offices. Visit our Earthcore locations section for more information.

Does Isokern sell mantels or provide mantels with Isokern fireplace systems?

Yes. Some Isokern Solution Centers do provide mantles—Austin, Dallas and Houston all provide cast stone mantels designed to fit Isokern fireplaces.

Is there a maximum and/or minimum chimney height for the Isokern?

Yes, there is a maximum height of 80′ (eighty feet) and a minimum height of 18′ (eighteen feet) for DM Chimney components. Please check with local codes and sales representatives for outdoor application requirements.

Can a metal chimney be used on an Isokern?

Yes. The metal chimney must be listed for use with solid fuel (UL 103). However, for the Fire-Lite application, a double walled, air-cooled chimney is required.

Can stucco, brick or stone be directly applied to an Isokern fireplace or chimney system?

Yes. We recommend the material be scratch-coated or metal lathed prior to the finish application. Please consult your builder or finished application professional.

Can an Isokern fireplace or chimney system be properly installed if cracks exist in the components?

Yes. The components can easily be repaired with ECI approved mortar which will not negatively affect performance or safety. If components are visibly unusable please consult your local sales representative, dealer or distributor.

How can an Isokern chimney system be terminated?

Isokern chimney systems may be terminated in methods such as a stucco cap or brick or stone veneer cap. Please consult your builder or designer for termination needs.