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My alcove install. In pictures!!!

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by cwill, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. cwill

    cwill Member

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    Started with the original 1976 Preway z/c fireplace.

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    We found some scary stuff along the way. Hole in the firestop for the ceiling, and lots of blown in insulation trapped around the fireplace. One of the intake tubes was venting smoke into my attic and the other wasn't attached at all. It was dumping cold attic air in all winter.
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    Finally got the fire hazard out
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    My living room full of stone!!
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    We went with a drystack look
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    After alot of work, we have real wood heat!!!
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    All the work was performed by me and my father. I figure that we have about 25hrs just in the stonework. This was a ton of work but very much worth it. The compete build album is Here if anyone wants to see more pics..

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  2. tickbitty

    tickbitty Minister of Fire

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    WOW, that's just beautiful. Way to go! That little Century couldn't ask for a better home.
  3. Mrs. Krabappel

    Mrs. Krabappel Minister of Fire

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    Looks fab. Love the stone.
  4. Pagey

    Pagey Minister of Fire

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    Amazing transformation! Congrats on all the hard work. Now you have a safe AND beautiful installation.
  5. Stax

    Stax Minister of Fire

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    Excellent work. Love the setup. Pat yourself on the back.
  6. pyronut

    pyronut Member

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    Beauty!!! Great Job!!!
  7. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    Looking real nice - just in time for some nice wood heat! Cheers!
  8. project240

    project240 Member

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    Very nice. Great job. Very rewarding to see all your hard work come together like that.
  9. NordicSplitter

    NordicSplitter Feeling the Heat

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    Did you keep the electrical outlet behind the stove? If so, do you have a blower put on the stove?
  10. quint

    quint New Member

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    Turned out great, alot faster then mine is coming along. Much better IMHO then what was in there before. Your stone and tile work turned out looking really good.
  11. Blue2ndaries

    Blue2ndaries Minister of Fire

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    Great work and nice selection of stone. I like the dry-stack look as well.
  12. Iembalm4aLiving

    Iembalm4aLiving Feeling the Heat

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    Wow, beautiful job!
  13. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    It's gorgeous, cwill. I'm going to move the thread over into the Perfect Picture forum...hang on, here we go. Rick
  14. leeave96

    leeave96 Minister of Fire

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    Super looking install!

    For a moment, I thought I was looking at an Englander 30-NC with legs, but with the handle on the left vs right side.

    Enjoy!
    Bill
  15. cwill

    cwill Member

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    Thanks everyone for the kind words.

    I added the outlet and a slider switch for the blower so I don't have to reach around behind a hot stove to adjust it's speed.
  16. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Wicked good looking install.
  17. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Fabulous work, that looks sharp! I like that you and your dad worked together on this. That will be a nice memory for a long time to come.
  18. Eatonpcat

    Eatonpcat Minister of Fire

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    Sweeeet...Looks like a lot of hard work, Great job my friend!!
  19. GAMMA RAY

    GAMMA RAY Minister of Fire

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    Wowza!
    I am diggin your setup....job well done!!!
    Enjoy...I am sure you will... :)
  20. ScotO

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    looks fantastic....and much better as a heater than that old prefab unit.....you deserve a big pat on the back.......love the stonework!!!
  21. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    cwill, great looking job. Looks like you will have some nice fires and good times.


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  22. mrfjsf

    mrfjsf Member

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    Great job on that install! So beautiful! Can I ask how hard it was to lay all that stone on the wall? Ive been thinkin of doing that to the exterior of my chimney and wasnt sure how difficult it was.
  23. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    Looks great! I am glad you got the old ZC out of there. The blown in insulation laying on top of it is pretty common. We have had many fire calls involving ZC fireplaces that were covered in blown in insulation. Those guys that do that don't pay a lot of attention as to where that stuff is going. As a fire service person, I hate blown in insulation......it causes a lot of problems.
  24. helismash

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    Beautiful!!
  25. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    You should be proud you did a great job transforming that hearth! The stone looks beautiful!

    Ray

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