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Can I remove rear shield on Englander?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by dcarp, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. dcarp

    dcarp New Member

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    I'm looking for a replacement stove for my little 650 sq. ft. 3-room cabin in Southern Louisiana. No, it doesn't get too cold here, but when it does you feel it. This old place is drafty, little insulation. My old Atlanta box stove isn't really cutting it. (Eating too much wood and smoky.) I'm leaning towards the Englander 13NC. The 17VL is also an option, but I'd really like to not be feeding it too often. Will I be overdoing it with the 13? I don't plan on using the blower and am wondering if the back shield could be removed, as it will live in the middle of the room and is not needed. I'd rather the stove radiate unhindered on all sides.

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  2. blades

    blades Minister of Fire

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    Why not call Englander and ask them? Most of us here tend to stick our stoves by a wall or in a corner, so we need that to reduce clearances.
  3. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    The rear heat shields are welded on the stoves.
  4. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    If the 13 is anything like the 30, the rear heat shield is welded on.
  5. Huntindog1

    Huntindog1 Minister of Fire

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    In these type stove its the secondary burn up in the top giving most the heat. thus most of the heat radiated is out the top of the stove and the front of the stove.

    The fire box is insulated with fire brick sides and back , so thats why alot of heat comes out the top and front also.

    The NC-13 should be able to heat 650 sq foot easily.

    You can always load it with less wood if it puts out too much heat.
  6. dcarp

    dcarp New Member

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    Thanks everybody. Guess I can live with the shield. Just hope it doesn't melt down without the blower.
  7. wingsfan

    wingsfan Feeling the Heat

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    The shield is designed to take the heat with its built in clearance...Many people here run their stoves and don't use the blower at all, and everything is fine.
  8. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    You will like the heat shield. Convection pulls cold air in at the bottom of it and pushes warm air over the top of the stove. Blower or no blower.
  9. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    One thing you'll want to pay attention to with the 13NC are its hearth insulation requirements. They're quite high. Another thing will be the chimney/flue height. It will need to have at least 15' of 6" stack to perform well, especially in a mild climate.

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