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Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Doody, Nov 29, 2008.

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  1. Doody

    Doody New Member

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    Long time reader, first time poster!

    LOVED this site when I was shopping for my first wood stove. I ended up purchasing an Avalon Olympic Insert, which was just recently installed. I wanted to post a few pics to hopefully help out the next guy!

    I wanted to go for a Summit or the like, but unless i wanted to take chisel to stone, it just wasn't gonna fit. As it turned out, the Olympic works great for heating the den/basement floor plus about 60% of the floor above (the ceiling is open to the entryway/kitchen/dining/living rooms).

    The chimney is fully lined. I opted for no surround because I thought it would be butt-ugly against the stone. It has the blower option, as you can see. I removed the gold strip that runs along the below-the-door extension that the blower sits under (just a few screws). I also took my heat-friendly black spray paint to the logo at the top right of the stove - I wanted simple solid black as much as I could get it. We had to swap the power cord for the blower from factory default right to left - not a big deal, as it's all pre-configured for either side.

    VERY happy owner! Damn solid construction - quite impressive. Though I'm awfully glad I don't install these things for a living - ouch!

    Comments about blower noise are not irrational, but perhaps over-stated. I found I had to improvise (binder clips, believe it or not) some supports below the blower to keep it snugged up against the below-the-door shelf. It was "rattle-y" before that. At full-tilt blow (it's a variable speed knob setup) it's not quiet, but I find that at 90% down to 80% of the speed scale, it's a totally acceptable volume that is steady, low, and easy to tune-out.

    Always happy to answer questions - don't hesitate to email me mr_doody AT yahoo DOT com.

    Thanks again everybody - Hearth.com was INVALUABLE in doing my research!

    Doody.

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  2. InTheRockies

    InTheRockies New Member

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    Beautiful stove and hearth. I know what will be your favorite room in the house this winter. Enjoy.
  3. mskif

    mskif Member

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    Very nice stove and hearth! It also looks like a wonderful room with the large windows. I have the same thermometer on my Regency I2400 insert... and in the same location. I have a surround so my pipe is not exposed. I would be interested to know the how the door and pipe temperatures relate if you ever get the chance. Enjoy the new stove!
  4. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Gorgeous...and might I add a big "Howdy, Doody!". (Hey, I grew up with that knothead, what can I say?) Rick
  5. btj1031

    btj1031 New Member

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    Nice job, beautiful fireplace and stove. Is there a block-off plate above the stove to block heat from going up the chimney? If there isn't, one will help you keep more heat in the house.
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    Doody New Member

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    Yup. Sealed at the top and block-off at the bottom.

    Thx!
    Doody
  7. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I like it alot. Sweet!
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