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My Quadra-Fire Castile Build Thread - Finished!

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by DonD, Oct 10, 2011.

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  1. DonD

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    I've got my Quadra-Fire Castile and 3.3 tons of pellets delivered and ready to go once I finish the install. This is my first year with pellet heat. Up until now I was 100% oil and forced hot air heat. I know it's not nearly as bad as you propane guys but still I'm tired of the $2,000 per year for oil just to not freeze and still not ever really be warm. My hot water heater is oil fired so I'll still need some oil for that.

    I bought 3 different super premium pellets (1 ton Barefoot, 1 ton Turman’s and 1.3 ton Okanagan) because I want to do some testing and being my first year I didn't want to get a bad impression of pellets if I tried cheaper big box pellets and didn't like them. I had them delivered and put up on my covered porch just outside from where the stove will be so they will be within easy reach.

    I'm doing my own install and am currently building a hearth pad using left over tile from my kitchen area from when we had the house built so it will tie in nicely. I had started posting in another thread but rather than hijack his thread I thought I'd start my own build thread.

    There will be plenty of pictures and being an engineer I plan to have some fun with the testing I plan to do.

    The first pictures are of the porch before the pellets arrived, my first 3.3 ton pellet delivery, the corner where the stove is going and the plans I made for a hearth pad. The pad is big enough for a Mt. Vernon if I ever want to upgrade.

    I'm working on the hearth pad this weekend. Did the plywood base, thin set and cement backer board today and will be doing the tile tomorrow. I should have everything up and running next weekend. I will be venting the stove straight out and then up the outside wall and then across the porch ceiling and venting just past the gutter. If it doesn't work out I can always re-do the vent and go straight up through the porch roof and vent above the second floor roof by mostly reusing the current vent pipe. I'm using Simpson Dura Vent Pro vent pipe.

    My short list of things to get includes an ash vac, remote thermostat, surge suppressor and battery back up/inverter.

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  2. mroletta

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    Looking good! Keep us updated.

    Good choice on buying premium/high quality pellets the first year so you don't get a sour taste.

    I'm just about to install my second stove on the side of the house that is currently heated by oil, and I agree with you entirely that we paid WAY too much AND we weren't really comfortable. Both the wife and I are excited to have the second stove this winter so we don't have to wear down jackets indoors.
  3. DonD

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    Thanks! Yeah, I'm already thinking of a second stove and maybe a pellet furnace some year down the road. :coolsmile:

    Today's progress: Plywood and cement backer board. The strips around the edge are temporary during the tiling and will be replaced with some hardwood trim later. The last picture shows the Quadra-Fire Castile waiting to go in.

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  4. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Looking good so far, The quad is going to look sweet in that corner. Once we see fire you can add below to your sig!

    “Proud member of the Pellet Pig Club†OINK OINK!!
    “You pellet pigs should be ashaimed of yourselvesâ€-eernest4-Grand Poobah-Pellet Pig Club

    Your probably going to get some concern with the curtains so close though.
  5. Nicholas440

    Nicholas440 Feeling the Heat

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    I really like your porch, it's BIG... you're going to really enjoy that Castile stove, and you wont have far to go to bring the pellets in..
  6. DonD

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    j-takeman - looking forward to the day when I will be a proud member of the Pellet Pig Club. Who is that gets the beer, err, dues? :) Yeah, not sure what we are going to do about the curtains. Certainly they'll have to be moved, removed, raised or something.

    Nicholas440 - the porch really is what made us go with this particular set of house plans when we had the house built. Just needs some ceiling fans (next year).

    You can't see it but there is a door from the room with the stove right out to the porch just to the right of the pallet of Turman’s in the white plastic wrap. It will be real easy to grab a bag or two. I can't say I'm 100% sure it's not too much weight for the porch but my calculations show I'm within published hanger limits but that assumes the builder didn't screw it up. I think it'll be OK. It's just too handy to have the pellets right there rather than in the basement or garage.

    The place where I bought them did a great job and brought a pallet jack so he could set the pallets on the front of the porch one at a time and then I got the fully wrapped pallet in place with the pallet jack while he got the next one. I couldn't have asked for a better delivery. It was pouring rain so I'm really glad we got the whole wrapped sealed pallets in place without having to carry or stack a single bag.
  7. DexterDay

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    1st thing... J-takeman just initiated you... You are a Proud member of the pellet Pig club (Over 3 ton before the 1st frost).. Dont look forward to the day... Today is your day. Your just a little Pig, but a Pig none the less. Oink. Oink.....

    2nd... Looks awesome.. You are gonna love Pellet heat. Beware, its addicting...

    3rd.. How in ther He!!, did you get whokle tons on your porch?? Did they drive the tow motor/fork lift up there??

    4th, and what should have been 1st..... Welcome to the Forums. your gonna love it.
  8. imacman

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    I was wondering the same thing!

    Welcome to the insanity.... :lol:

    Oink!
  9. rideboard147

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    looking good! you will enjoy it for sure
  10. DonD

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    Thanks man! I appreciate it!

    The delivery guys were great. He brought a smaller electric pallet truck and then used the bigger fork lift to put it on the porch first, to the left of the steps up. Then he used the fork lift to load a ton right onto the porch and I used the side holes in the pallet to lift the pallet and drive it down the front of the porch and around the corner while he got the next ton, and then we repeated until done.

    Like I said before, it was pouring rain so I'm real happy it worked out and that I got 3.3 tons exactly where I wanted them without having to lift and stack a single bag. The front lawn took a bit of a hit with all the rain but that was a small price to pay.

    It was kind of funny as I had never used an electric pallet truck before but managed to get the pallets in place and not cause any harm to the house or myself.

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    ablejoy Feeling the Heat

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    Great looking stove we love ours same as yours
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    little collateral damage on lawn
  13. DonD

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    Yeah, we went to the dealer expecting to buy a Harman but when we saw the Castile in the porcelain mahogany finish we had a re-think. It's in the living room and we loved the look compared to a black stove.
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    More pictures...

    Got the tile done Monday, let it cure for a few days and doing the grout today. I should get the stove in place later today and do the vent pipe tomorrow and hopefully light 'er tomorrow night.

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  15. imacman

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    Looks great....keep the pics coming! ;-)
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    DBCOOPER Feeling the Heat

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    Think your going to have to do something about those curtains...
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    reserved for future installation pictures
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    Except for some hardwood trim around the hearth, the stove installation is finished! I installed the vent pipe yesterday and fired 'er up for the first time last night. It was a huge success!!

    Apologies for the lack of installation pictures but they will be coming later. I got a little lazy in updating the thread but reserved a few posts so I can fill in the rest of the installation pictures later.

    For now, here's a couple of pictures from the first fire last night. What you don't see is me sitting back sippin' on a couple of brews and relaxing after a couple of weeks of doing the tiled hearth and installation. The installation seemed to take forever!

    The stove fired up fine the first time. I just had to hit the reset button a couple of times, as suggested by the manual, to prime the pellet feed auger. It smoked for an hour or so while the paint cured, etc. but it wasn't nearly as bad as I though it would be.

    [EDIT: I realized that the pictures I originally attached looked pretty cr@ppy, like those with the bad white balance from the craigs list thread :p, so I made some adjustments and replaced them. Same pictures - just corrected for white balance and exposure. Still not perfect, but better...]

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  22. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I see "FIRE" Woohoo.

    Wow, Thats a looker right there! Nice job. ;-)
  23. AVIVIII

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    I hope you have the ledger board of that deck super-lagged to your sill, thats a lot of weight right there!!

    Awesome install, congrats, welcome and enjoy the heat!!!
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    Looking Good Nice Install
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    Nice Job!!! Beautiful!
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