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Insert Suggestions for a Heatilator Element 36" ZC Fireplace?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by velvetfoot, Dec 5, 2005.

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  1. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    Would anyone have any suggestions for a good quality insert with as large a firebox as possible for a Heatilator Element 36" ZC fireplace. The brochure for the fireplace ( http://content.hearthnhome.com/downloads/brochures/ELEMENT.PDF ) says the dimensions are 21" h, 34" front width, 20.5" back width, 16.75" deep.

    Does it even pay to try to install an insert into this, or will the firebox of the insert be incredibly small?

    Thanks for any suggestions.

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  2. wg_bent

    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    Remember your stove won't go all the way back into the fireplace and 34-21 is quite a taper. Measure the width of the fireplace at the depth of the stoves your looking at.

    Yes, it's worth it!
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    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    That's a good point!
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    mdhhlh New Member

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    I have the exact same fireplace. I had no idea what I was doing when I had it installed. I replaced a heatilator novus 36 with it. I must admit that I like it better then watching gas burn but I am a little disapointed in it's heating capability and man can it eat the wood! I too have been looking around for some way to get some more heat out of it. I even called Heatilator. They told me it was designed for looks not heat. oops. Actually, I wanted the EC36 but it had been discontinued. Now that I have done some research I should have just installed a wood stove. Lesson learned I guess.
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    Wow, that's weird! After heating with our QuadraFire 2100i insert for the last 5 years, there would be no way I would go with a conventional zc fireplace, for esthetics only! After talking to some local stove places, I think there'll be something that fits. Something else that I might consider is taking out the Element and replacing it with a QuadraFire 7100 fireplace. It's almost too big for my house though! I wonder if there are smaller similar type units. The flushness of it appeals to the little woman, who has nixed a free-standing stove. That Quadrafire apparently uses the same chimney system that the Element uses! Of course the geometry would of fitting the chimney to the stove has to be made to fit, within the confines of the existing chase. The height and depth of the framed opening has to be changed, but if the chase is big enough, I think it's a possibility.
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    So are you looking to tear out your ZC fireplace and put an insert into that space?

    Please let me know what you find out as I have the same kind of situation. Most inserts won't fit, so I'm stuck with an inefficient regular old pre-fab fireplace :(

    Also, pictures would be great!!!!
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