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Q&A New to Wood Stoves - Can I install it myself?

Post in 'Questions and Answers' started by QandA, May 26, 2007.

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    QandA New Member Staff Member

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    Craig-Nice site!! My question is I bought a place in the country and want a second heat source. I would like to put in a wood stove. First there is only 1 stove shop around here and they sale mostly high end stoves and inserts. Im not cheap but I dont want to mortgage the farm to put a stove in. At Manards they sale stoves made by Century. The model Im looking at is 70 % efficient and heats up to 1500 sq ft. It takes a 22" log. They sale for 416.00 plus 108 for a blower. Do I want the blower? Have you heard of this brand before. They look like there built well but alas I dont no much about stoves either! Also there is no one that installs stoves around here. They have directions and I have been doing carpentry work for along time. I see by your site that you discourage do it yourselfers from attempting this. I do have a buddy who installed his own(from Manards) 2 years ago with no problems yet. His however was a different brand that they no longer sale. Any tips or info would sure be appreciated. Thanks Roger Sears



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    If you are handy, AND IF YOU CAREFULLY READ THE MANUAL ON THE STOVE AND CHIMNEY, then you can install your stove yourself.

    I have not heard of the brand you mentioned, but it might be a private label. Sounds like a good deal, since the efficiency is decent and it is almost definitely EPA tested and also safety tested.

    When I had a retail shop, I sold stoves starting at about $549. Others went from $750. up. We also had the high end stoves, but I think it's nice to have something for every budget. I think this stove will suit your needs.

    Perhaps you should wait on the blower. You can always go for it later.

    Edit: Century stoves are manufactured by CFM corporation. They are fairly bare bones as far as features and styling go but do heat well.

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