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Moving my wood stove

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by dylskee, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. dylskee

    dylskee Feeling the Heat

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    Hello all,

    I have a mid 80s cast iron woodstove in my living room on a huge brick hearth, I am getting new hardwood floors installed and I'm removing the hearth and replacing it with a pad to gain a little more room. What can I use to move my woodstove, it's crazy heavy! I have to store it in a spare room while the floors get installed and then I will have to be real careful to not scratch the floors when I put it back. Maybe put it on some type of rollers or something?

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  2. NSDave

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    I used a hand truck and some straps, a few 2x6s and a good friend to move my old VC out of the house. Its 425 lbs, BUT I removed the door, the griddle pan, firebrick, grates.
    Make it as light as possible, get some help. cover over the floor on the way back in!.

    hope this helps ya!
  3. pen

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    As Dave mentioned, removing as much from the stove as possible will help reduce the weight and make any method easier.

    Last time I moved mine I used a floor jack (like you'd use to raise a car) and lifted it on that, then rolled it on the jacks wheels where it needed to go. If you go this route, you'll need people balancing the stove on the jack. It doesn't need to be lifted much obviously, but someone needs to be there for support.

    pen
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  5. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Do you burn in this stove? If so, I hope you've made sure that the pad you're planning on laying down in place of the brick hearth wii provide sufficient thermal insulative value beneath the stove to prevent a problem developing with the combustible floor below. Rick
  6. dylskee

    dylskee Feeling the Heat

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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    If you can identify the manufacturer and model and do some searching you may come up with the manufacturer's required R-value for the floor protection. The pad you linked comes in 2 "flavors" a Type 1 @ R 0.84, and a Type 2 @ R 1.40. There are stoves on the market today that require nothing more than non-combustible ember protection, while at the same time, there are stoves on the market today that require more than R 1.40 for a hearth. It's important (safety) stuff...please do your homework. We can (and would be happy to) help if you tell us all about the appliance. Rick
  8. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello

    I had a cast iron Extra Large FA288CCL Vermont Castings Consolidated DuchWest Federal Design Coal/Wood catalytic combustor stove that weighed in at a mere 600 lbs!

    When it was 19 years old it left home to burn up north with a nice young man and it went out on a 4 wheel wooden carpeted dolly with 2x4s on edge to hold it on the mover's dolly.
    I got the mover's dolly at Home Depot for $20 but Harbor's Freight has it cheaper now.
    See link below.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/movers-dolly-93888.html

    Then to get the stove into the truck we removed the tail gate and rented a hand crank hydraulic fork lift!
    See pic below!

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  9. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    We have moved several stoves with just a heavy duty handtruck, ratchet straps and some padding. The last one was about 600#. Once it's on wheels moving it is a whole lot easier.

    What is the make and model of the stove? Is it UL listed? You want to make sure that the new hearth pad is adequately sized and specced for the old stove.
  10. dylskee

    dylskee Feeling the Heat

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    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    I am moving stoves constantly. I use a dolly and several 2x4 planks.

    Move dolly under stove.
    Tilt stove to one side.
    Slide 2x4 plank underneath.
    Tilt stove to the other side.
    Slide 2x4 underneath.
    Repeat until stove legs are off the ground.
    Then wheel that SOB around.

    No lifting.
    No cursing.
  13. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    we used a couple of furniture rollers, used a piece of fitted plywood as the surface
  14. PA Fire Bug

    PA Fire Bug Feeling the Heat

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    I broke the rollers on an appliance cart lowering a Vermont Castings Vigilant II coal stove down several concrete steps into our basement several years ago. Against the advice of my wife, I didn't ask for help and moved it myself. When she asked how I expected to move it by myself, my answer was "physics". It was cast iron with a weight aroud 600 pounds. The stove wasn't harmed. I used a reinforced plywood ramp to slide the stove out of the back of our Caravan. When we sold the stove, the buyer brought a friend with a dolly and straps. With the bricks, doors, grates and a few other pieces removed, it went out easier than it came in. Having three guys lifting didn't hurt either. Moving our Pacific Energy stoves by myself wasn't bad compared to the cast iron. I moved one in the Caravan and borrowed a pick up to move the second one. I strapped it to a dolly and used boards to get onto the deck and into the house. Sorry, no photos were taken. I asked my wife not to watch and tol her that I'd let her know when I was done. With one stove downstairs and one in the living room, I'm not planning on moving any other stoves any time soon!
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    englandermove.jpg

    This is how I moved the Englander 30, worked well. Needed a second person to tilt it back but once it was tilted it carried it fine. Got the dolly seven years ago at Lowes.
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    n3pro,

    I was kinda hoping for a larger photo...!!
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  17. dylskee

    dylskee Feeling the Heat

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    LOL! ;lol
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    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    How is the weight on the Eng 30 about 475 lbs?
  19. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    That is why there is a thumbnail option when posting files. I corrected this one.
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    dylskee Feeling the Heat

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    Here is the tag on the back of the stove, how can I tell what rating I need the hearth to be?
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    dylskee Feeling the Heat

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    Yes it is and thank you for the link, I just bought the manual and would be happy to share it. It's not a digital download though so I would have to create a pdf when I get it.
  23. dylskee

    dylskee Feeling the Heat

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    So how will I know what is a properly rated hearth for my particular stove? How much distance do I need from the wall behind the stove?
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    Thanks, sorry, still getting used to the new features. Guess bigger isn't always better :-(
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    n3pro Minister of Fire

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    I'll try to do a panorama next time. I'm getting older my hair is falling out, hearing is failing and so are my eyes.

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