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Pellet insert question, and my upcoming Pellet fuel project

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by turbulator, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. turbulator

    turbulator Member

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    Well, finally after a 4 year wait, we are going to be moving into an old 1800's farm house... I will be finally able to install my HS Tarm 4.0 boiler into this house...

    In addition, wife unit would like a fire place....I convinced her to go for a pellet insert.

    My question - do we need a full masonary fire place for an insert, or can something be manufactured to house the insert system that isn't a full blown mason fire place...

    I will be sure to post pics, and will certainly have questions as we set this house up. I plan on putting the pellet boiler, and another Chappee wood boiler (backup) in a boiler room off the garage (We are building a large attached garage off the right side of the house), and running approx 5 heating zones. We will also be putting central air (upper and lower units) into the house with a heat pump backup system. Can't wait to get started!

    Here are a few pics of the house "before"
    [​IMG] Before. Will be re-sided, roofed, and obviously new gutters lol.

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    This is the current Chappee wood/coal/oil boiler... It is in the basement. I will be moving this up to the garage next to the Tarm. Notice the electric backup boiler attached....it is an energy hog!

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  2. Lower bucks

    Lower bucks New Member

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    Nice looking house if you install an insert you can direct vent it just like a stove you will not have to have a chimney.Many installers run the vent up the chimney if you chose to put it elsewhere besides the fireplace you can direct vent it through a wall to the outside.
  3. Evan_J

    Evan_J Member

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    If you are planning to use an insert somewhere other than a fireplace, some inserts have optional zero-clearance kit available that are designed for building it into a wall. As Lower bucks mentioned you can direct vent out, rather than build a flue. Of course if you're going that route you could always use a free-standing stove unit unless you really want the looks of an insert.

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