New home construction - use a pellet stove Insert instead of gas logs

Chris Jensen Posted By Chris Jensen, Feb 12, 2013 at 5:47 PM

  1. Chris Jensen

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    I plan to purchase a Rika Intergra II pellet stove insert. The unit is to be installed in the living room corner (approximately 97 inches wall to wall). I would like to vent straight thru the roof to get the best draw. The hearth is 18 inches above the floor and face of the wall to the ceiling is rock (2-3 inches thick).

    I do not have the room for a free standing pellet stove, the gas log units are zero clearance.

    What materials do I have my installation guy use to to pass inspection by the fire marshal and not burn down my new house.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Mr. Spock

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    If your installer does not know maybe think about a different installer? In any event the stoves manual should cover proper installation.
     
  3. Pelleting In NJ

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    Get a Quad Edge 60 pellet fireplace, they are on big-time clearance discounts at Quad dealers.
     
  4. TriMom

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    I don't see that model on the Quad website. What kind of big time clearance have you seen?
     
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  6. steamguy

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    My original installation was an Austroflamm insert into a ZC fireplace, so maybe I can help with some free advice. The Austroflamm was twice the stove of what I could find to replace it. It lasted for a decade and a half when other contemporary stoves of similar pricing were lasting less than a decade. I never had any quarrel with the quality of the stove. I went with something different this time for a replacement (Austroflamms are not available in my corner of the country) and have regretted it; but that's my experience and MHO.

    My avatar shows the current stove in the ZC fireplace. We have bricks underneath it to support the front, I had a custom piece of sheet metal bent to cover up that "make-do". Since you're putting in a new installation, consider that your stove will stick out of the fireplace for some length, and build yourself a strong and secure spot for the front feet to land. Having the front feet on something secure will also mean a quieter installation, since the stove will not transfer as much vibration back to the ZC fireplace box. (But Austroflamms are quiet anyway...) Also, we had to line the original ZC pipe with pellet stove pipe, and put a windproof cap on the top, replacing the cap and grating that was up there at the time. If this ZC is the way you're building your house, then start with a really high quality windproof cap up top, then you won't ever have to worry about an adapter up there which will eventually leak. We could tell the adapter was leaking when we heard the occasional 'bonk' of water dripping onto the top of the ZC box. I got a guy up there a dozen years ago and we did a belt-and-suspenders fix so that it will never leak again. And it hasn't - in spite of the very high winds and rough weather where we are. But start with yours done right.

    Rika should have an online guide like this one here that gives you clearances to combustibles. A little googling or a call to the Rika dealer (which you should do anyway) should yield the FPI book... The important point is that every manufacturer will have a different set of measurements to combustibles. They will be similar measurements, but not the same. For the sake of your fire insurance, work from what the manufacturer says, and give it a few inches more if at all possible. Doing so will more than please your code inspector. One thing I can offer for advice: I would suggest keeping 30" hearthspace on the floor; this gives you space to sweep up pellets and ashes without ruining your flooring. Notice that mine is tile... It's that for a reason.

    When we built our house 24 years ago, I had wanted a "stove alcove" as that would have been the most efficient way to heat the house, and it would have meant that we would have flexibility in whatever heat source we wanted to use. Three years into owning the ZC fireplace, we had a power outage with a snowstorm and high winds that lasted most of a week, and the house sank to 38° no matter how much wood I fed the fireplace. But we do have a fireplace... Just saying...
     
  7. JoeS

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    Do you have natural gas in your home now?
     

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