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Lopi Woodburning Insert - Model FL ???

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by ColdBones, Jul 10, 2009.

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  1. ColdBones

    ColdBones New Member

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    Greetings to all !!

    I'm as green as a pine-needle and hoping for some help regarding woodburning inserts.
    I had a chimney-sweep come inspect the home I just bought and mentioned that I had interest in an insert.

    He has a used Lopi Model FL he will sell me for $500.

    I can't find any information on Lopi's website or anywhere else for Model FL.

    Any experts here familiar with it ? I would certainly appreciate any feedback on the quality of this insert.

    TIA

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Lopi made the FL back in the 1980s. If I remember correctly, which ain't always the case, the FL-1 was a two door non-EPA stove and the FL-2 was a single door EPA certified catalytic clean burning stove.

    If it is new it might be a find. But I wouldn't buy it if it is used. You can forget getting parts for it. Kinda think about if you would buy a 1988 car. Except that you can get brake shoes for a 1988 car.
  3. summit

    summit Minister of Fire

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    thats a dinosaur... get a new stove, and get the tax credit.
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    Wood Heat Stoves Minister of Fire

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    http://www.chimneyspecialists.net/Inventory.htm
    these guys have one for sale for 900....ouch

    if in good condition, a VERY good stove for one made pre EPA. IF>its not for primary heat, and you dont mind burning 25% more wood vs a new Lopi, and you can pull a permit(assuming you are getting one for the install, lol), and it fits, if you cant afford a new insert, etc. i say go for it.
  5. CSCPeter

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    Actually if you need any parts for the stove you can just go to any Lopi dealer and get parts and an owners manual for that insert. Lopi has inventory for all parts on all models for the last 28 years. As a Lopi dealer that is the only brand that I will take in on a trade mostly because I can get the parts for it and refurbish it very easily.
  6. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    What would the most common replacement parts for that model cost him?
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    Off of the top of my head I would not be sure, I would have to check the book tomorrow when I get in the shop, I can't imagine that there would be anything that would cost enough to break the bank.
  8. ColdBones

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    Thanks very much for the feedback. Think I will wait and pick up a new one. There is a dealer here in my hometown that carries the PE Summit and I think I will start off there.
    This forum is an outstanding source of information and I'm glad I found it. So much to learn. The sweep that offered the used unit inspected my chimney and said I would not
    need a liner. From what I've read here so far it seems for optimum performance I would.

    Thanks again to all.
  9. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I burned a stove into a chimney without a stainless liner for 21 years. Thought it was burning great. After lining that sucker I would never do without a liner again.

    It is the difference between daylight and dark with stove performance.
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    Wood Heat Stoves Minister of Fire

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    firebricks. $2 at hardware store.
    baffle supports $28 angle iron
    door gaskets hardwarestore
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