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Hampton HI300 install with lots of pictures

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by stejus, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. stejus

    stejus Minister of Fire

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    Finally got around to getting this together. The install was in two phases as there were missing parts to put the surround peices together. Installed on Dec 26th and the surround was finally installed Feb 16th. Loving every bit of the wood burning experience so far except not having enough wood (first year mistake).

    The first pic is the fireplace before the stove went in. I chose to purchase "cash and carry" to save three hundred bucks and it wasn't that bad to pick up and drive home. All you need is a utility trailer and you're on your way.

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  2. stejus

    stejus Minister of Fire

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    Trying to add more pic's and can't for some reason. I'm getting this message. Anyone have an idea why?

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  3. stejus

    stejus Minister of Fire

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    some more... The installers were going to use a dolly but just dragged it across the floor with a thick blanket. The only challenge was getting it through the garage door into the house. There are two steps and that took about 1/2 hour with two guys to manage to get the stove through.

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  4. stejus

    stejus Minister of Fire

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    and some more... There was no need to ovalize the flex pipe. He managed to get it through the damper. He removed a section of it to make this happen. The orange power cord is coming up from the basement through the ash cleanout on the fireplace floor. This way the power cord can be tucked into the fireplace instead of being exposed on the hearth.

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  5. stejus

    stejus Minister of Fire

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    a few more... The picture of the stones are for the new mantle and hearth extension that I laid on top of wood floor (over wool rugs). I plan to find a nice wool rug that will sit under the stone.

    I went with the mushroom cap that came with the flex liner for now. I plan to have a hood installed over the entire chimney to cover the stove pipe and oil burner flue. This will be done in the spring when I insulate the flex liner.

    The surround peice kit was missing two brackets. Had to wait for those to come in but had the first fire on Dec 30th.

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  6. stejus

    stejus Minister of Fire

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    the last set... The surround peices went on in mid February. My oil usage has been about 35 to 40 gallons a month in Jan and Feb compared to 150 gallons a month last Jan-Feb.

    I also ordered 4 cord of wood in Dec and built a few of these for next year. It's a good way to spend the long cold weekends between the football and baseball seasons!

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  7. BucksCoBernie

    BucksCoBernie New Member

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    Nice set up. Thats a lot of saved $$ in oil cost. I should have my insert some time this spring (hopefully). How long did the install take?
  8. stejus

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    With two guys and me just watching, it took about 3.5 hours to clean the chimney, install the liner, install the stove and connect the liner to the stove. Then they came back for about an hour to install the surround peices once the part came in. So, in total, about 4.5 hours.
  9. begreen

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    That looks great stejus. What a beautiful looking stove. It really compliments the room nicely. Good work!
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    Daddy likes! Very classy. Love how they hid the power cord. Me have stove envy! Hope to have something installed by next season.
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    Nice stove, thanks for sharing your pictures.
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    Tryin to get my buddy to get an insert for his fireplace. He doesn't understand the difference between wood burning insert and regular fireplace. He don't really care to listen .... too bad.

    Your set up looks awesome ..... have fun with it. I have a hampton 300 wood burner and am very happy with it.
  13. stejus

    stejus Minister of Fire

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    I was on the fence with getting an insert in the beginning. I was thinking a pellet stove on the other side of the house. Once I looked into those, I didn't like the fact pellet prices were too risky. I reviewed posts and talked to reps and looked at these "furniture style" stoves and was sold. These stoves burn so clean you can't even tell I have a stove going 24/7. I could always remember going to a friends house growing up and they had a stove. You would always smell the stove so that's why I didn't look at them at first. I'm glad I did the research!
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    My wife loves the look of it and we may get one soon. But I read numerous negative comments that the unit does not produce enough heat. What is your experience ?

    Thanks
  15. stejus

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    My experience has been a pleasure. I used roughly 300 gallons of oil in Jan/Feb 2008. This past Jan/Feb about 70 to 75 gallons. We are burning 24/7 with what I would consider marginal dry wood. Next year I will get even more heat as I'll have better seasoned wood.

    The stove heats my 2 story 2000 sq ft colonial fairly well. The primary rooms lived in on the first level are family/kitchen/office area. This area is the warmest because the stove is in the family room. The other side of the house (LR/DR) averages about a 10 degrees less. Upstairs is generally about 5 to 10 degrees off of the downstairs because the stairs that lead upstairs are right off the family room.

    Biggest lesson learned is these are truly room heaters. You cannot expect to raise the heat rapidly in the house like you can with forced hot water heat. To stay ahead of that, you need to burn 24/7 during the Winter and a little less in the Fall/Spring. I plan to burn 4 to 5 cords next year based on what I burned the past two months. I thought burning 24/7 was going to be a lot of work. It's not, just 3 loads a day on average.

    My biggest concern before installing the stove was that I would be too hot in the family room. This is not a problem at all because the Family/Kitchen are connected by an 8' opening and the family room has two additionally door ways.

    Good luck!
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    Ohhhh, purdy!!!! Enjoy, once you get the hang of it you will like it even more. And the little lady will be pealing off clothing cause its soooooo hot!!! %-P
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    It has happened (too hot) on a few occasions when the outdoor temp flirts in the 40's. Wife calls me at work and says it's about 80 degrees in the house. I asked her what the outside temp was and she told me 45 degrees and sunny. The front of the house has a southern exposure so this helps a little too during the day time. She made the mistake of putting in too much wood!

    Oh, I should also mention she's made a habit of warming up her PJ's near the stove before putting them on ;-) bla bla bla...
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    Stejus -

    thanks for the feedback, that's a good news. I guess people not happy with the unit must be doing something wrong.

    PS: About the other "side effects" time will show :)
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    ...looks great.

    Just curious. Why did the not remove the damper. Looking at the picture, with the damper removed you would not need to have flattened the flex liner.
  20. stejus

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    BurningBrit, - The previous picture is deceiving. The flex pipe is not flattened at all. There was just about 6" of clearance with the damper wide open so he left it mounted. Here's a another view, maybe you can see it better in this pic.

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    Hi there
    I just bought this stove and was doing searches on the forum and saw this...love your install!
    Once question- I see you ran a power cord through the ash drop in the fireplace. This is GREAT, and I did not even think of it.
    There were no concerns from your installer? I would think the cord might get too hot in there or something.
    Let me know and thanks for the idea!
  22. stejus

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    My installer recommended hiding the cord and I said sure. At first I was concerned with heat as well and he told me not to worry. Just for giggles, I had the surround pieces off and put my hand inside the side of the fireplace where the power cord was. The stove temp on the outside near the floor was just above being warm, not too hot to touch. Just make sure you route the cord away from the stove on the side and the back. He was a licensed sweep and told me he does this when ever has a clean out to route the cord.

    Congrats on the stove and be sure to post pics.
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    Great thanks, I will ask about it when they are here. That will not be for 4-5 weeks.
    In the mean time I am going to get my flush hearth extended out to code with backer and tile. They will cover all the existing brick! Should look great once I pick the tile!

    Thanks again!
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    Great job. The stove looks beautiful. Happy burning!!
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    Here's the final piece of work for this install that was completed in the spring. I had insulation poured into the chimney flue around the liner. The sweep said it would be easier to cut into chimney rather than pull out stove and detach liner to go at it from inside.

    Pic on the right shows the bricks they took out to get at the first clay tile to stuff insulation to form a barrier. After they plugged the bottom, they poured from the top and buttoned up chimney.

    Pic on the left is the new chimney cap that replaced the mushroom cap.

    With both of these project complete, it should draft much better, (not that it was bad last year), this year.

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