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  1. Coal Reaper

    Coal Reaper Minister of Fire

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    I would love a freestanding stove but the misses is not on board with the idea. She dont get it but we are working on that. We will be leaving this fireplace as is and only using it once in a while after i have my fun this year.

    Mild progress. Here is some pics. I still cant tell where the screened holes go to. I will be making some phone calls tomorrow. The flu is cleaner than it looks in the pic and it must be 10-12" diameter. The lever in the back covers a tube that disperses air around the ceramic back plate before it feeds the fire. Like i said my foot is broke so i will be sending my brother or some other poor sap up to the roof to take a peak down the flu and then we will fire it up and see what happens.

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  2. Sprinter

    Sprinter Minister of Fire

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    It sounds to me like you are quite content with this being largely for ambiance rather than a primary heating appliance. For that purpose, it looks great. I'd get it inspected and light it off when ready. If it does have an OAK, so much the better. At least it will not be contributing to a drafty house which is a major problem with most fireplaces. And if you change your mind later, it will be a nice platform for a stove.:)
  3. Coal Reaper

    Coal Reaper Minister of Fire

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    Yea spinter. At this point i am just trying to trace where those screened holes go. As stated, the will be a wood boiler for next heating season.
  4. KaptJaq

    KaptJaq Minister of Fire

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    Coal Reaper,

    I have located a copy of the manual for the PR 7800. PM me an e-mail address and I will send it to you.

    KaptJaq
  5. Coal Reaper

    Coal Reaper Minister of Fire

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    Big thanks the kaptjaq for the manual.

    Flu was sound up through the roof. Got fire lit now. Was easy to get going and no smoke at all in house. Lots of radient heat and no noticeable draft when i crack an exterior door. Burning clean i guess. No visable smoke coming out of flu. Looks real purty. I will have some pics up after a reload.

    Thanks for everybodies input.

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  6. Coal Reaper

    Coal Reaper Minister of Fire

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    Feeding oak that 3-4 years old

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  7. Sprinter

    Sprinter Minister of Fire

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    Nice!
  8. etiger2007

    etiger2007 Minister of Fire

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    That bug is extra BTU's
  9. jatoxico

    jatoxico Minister of Fire

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    I think it's a pretty cool unit. Assuming it's safe I'd burn away and see what you get. My open fireplace robbed heat like crazy but if you can burn and there is no net heat loss I say enjoy! Who knows maybe you do get a little heat out of it and get the wife use to having a fire, that should help her come around.
  10. Tramontana

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    For what it's worth, get RID of those vinyl ducts. I realize that they are likely supplying outside air for combustion, but vinyl vent lines from clothes dryers are a frequent cause of house fires. I would be paranoid having them in an install such as this, and hopefully you never have any reverse flow/hot spark or embers get down to them. They WILL combust, and burning vinyl gives off toxic smoke. Vinyl has no place in a residence for supplying or venting air.

    I will second some of the opinions to have the system fully inspected by someone "in the know" who understands wood burning and open fire places. They may have some good ideas on converting this to a higher efficiency means of providing heat while maintaining the aesthetics.

    Good luck.

    Cheers!
  11. KaptJaq

    KaptJaq Minister of Fire

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    I doubt the vinyl duct and fan have anything to do with the combustion air of the stove. The manual calls for 4" duct to an outside source with natural draw. Forcing air into a fireplace is a great way to get smoke or CO into the house. Whatever it was, the previous owner disconnected it and it should probably stay that way unless you find a good reason to power it up.

    Coal reaper,

    It looks like a nice fire. How are the temperatures in the other rooms doing? If it was sucking warm air out of the house the rooms that don't benefit from the radiant heat of the fire would get cold quickly.

    KaptJaq
  12. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    Nice.
  13. Coal Reaper

    Coal Reaper Minister of Fire

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    That vinyl duct i believe is probably not related to the fireplace. But i would like to find out what it is for one of these days.
    Temps in other rooms remains stable. As suspected, this fireplace supplies only minimal heat in the form of radiant energy. But itnis not drawing from the house as a whole it seams. Sat in front of it tonight and it relly helped put my teething son to sleep. He was mesmerized by the flames. He will be one year old on tuesday.
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  14. Coal Reaper

    Coal Reaper Minister of Fire

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    I am excited to have this going now but the anticipation for a wood boiler is looming over my head.
  15. Sprinter

    Sprinter Minister of Fire

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    That alone helps heaps.
  16. MnDave

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    Nice open view! But likely not designed for "containing" heat.

    If your unit is airtight (or really close) and you have outside air then that is a good start toward efficiency. Also having all that mass on the inside vs a chimney on the side of the house is a good thing.

    Don't rush to replace that unit. If the box is airtight the other needed feature can be added, namely outside air. Is there any venting from around the firebox into the room? If so that unit is a keeper IMO.

    MnDave
  17. Joful

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    Nice! How big are those stockings? Seems one's as tall as the fireplace.

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