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  1. mattjm1017

    mattjm1017 Feeling the Heat

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    Heres a long list of questions.`So I bought my stove and ordered my liner this weekend Im prepping the fireplace for the install. My forst problem is the exsisting damper is only 5 3/4" so I need to either remove it or I have read somewhere about ovalizing the round liner. I am leaning towards removing the damper. Now how in the world do I do that? Do I need to remove bricks if so do I need to reinstall them after Im done? can I just reach up there with a saw and hack away until I get a 7" gap? Or would it be easier to just ovalize the pipe I can see a benifit to that for if I ever move the damper will be there for the new owners (not my stove thats going with me wherever I go) Also when I get this done what would be the best approach for istalling the liner pulling it up the chimney or pushing it down?

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  2. mattjm1017

    mattjm1017 Feeling the Heat

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    Also I dont know if this matters or not but the flue is 13x13
  3. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    cut the old dfamper out to give you enough room to run the liner down. The straighter the run the better and easier to install.
  4. Lumberjack

    Lumberjack Member

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    you should be able to push it down from the top.

    when I installed mine, I had a 13" x 13" flue as well, a 6" SS liner with insulation and protective mesh went in very easily.

    I would just cut the damper to allow the liner to fit. I used a sawsall. The liners are pretty tough, I think it would be difficult to ovalize it.

    If anyone ever wants it to be a fireplace again, they can always replace the damper.
  5. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    My buddy used a sawzall when he helped with mine, knocked out a few bricks too.
  6. mattjm1017

    mattjm1017 Feeling the Heat

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    Did he have to replace the bricks too or just leave them out?

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