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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by pilotmattk, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. pilotmattk

    pilotmattk New Member

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    I just wanted to post a quick thank you to all the contributors here. I haven't posted previously since all of my questions have been asked/answered in other threads. We recently finished up a zc fireplace replacement. Based on the feedback here the zc fireplace chosen is the Kozy Z-42 it replaced an old Superior unit that we never burned due to obvious draft problems prior to purchasing the home.

    The unit is located at the end of the house (not center) so it heats about 75% of our 2700sq/ft very well. We're going to try a different programmable thermostat that will run our central fan 15 mins of every hour in an attempt to even out the temperature. We may need to add one of the little blaze kings to the other end of the house next year.

    Attached are some before/after pics.

    Thanks again!
    -Matt

    fireplace before.jpg Fireplace-After.jpg

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  2. Grisu

    Grisu Minister of Fire

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    Wow, what a great looking install. Congratulations! Did you do the work yourself or did you hire someone?
  3. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    Looks nice Matt, 75% isn't bad at all with that size house, maybe with some experimenting you can get a little better heat coverage in time.
  4. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Nice upgrade. That is very sharp.
  5. pilotmattk

    pilotmattk New Member

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    I hired out the install to Kozy Heat of Bentonville AR. Labor was a pretty small part of the overall cost (6" excel chimney was a lot of it!). In reading this site, I was prepared to self install but it was worth the $ to not worry if it's right. It took 3 guys a full days work to do the tear down/ install. (Would have probably taken me a month of weekends). The finish work required an additional 2 days and was done by my neighbor, a tile installer.
  6. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    Quite a change. Looks great.
  7. firebroad

    firebroad Minister of Fire

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    Pretty!!
    Your home value just went up()
  8. isipwater

    isipwater Feeling the Heat

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    Looks fabulous!! Good job and enjoy!
  9. Nico1986

    Nico1986 New Member

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    wow that looks great looking to do same within a month getting a osburn2400 insert cant wait will post some pics when its in
  10. Tenn Dave

    Tenn Dave Feeling the Heat

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    Huge improvement. Congratulations. Love the stone and the hearth pad design.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2013
  11. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Looks very nice.
  12. Todd 2

    Todd 2 Feeling the Heat

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    Looks great Matt, If you don't mind me asking what is the brick face constructed of ? Sorta looking for some ideas for my own project next spring and I really like that look.
  13. Papa-Yankee-Romeo-Oscar

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    A huge improvement, that is beautiful!
  14. RockyMtnHigh

    RockyMtnHigh Feeling the Heat

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    It looks fantastic and that Excel chimney will be standing when/if the house collapses because it is GREAT stuff. Good job, your fireplace is beautiful and I love the stonework around it.
  15. pilotmattk

    pilotmattk New Member

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    Todd 2,
    The wall is Oxide Slate Ledgestone tile from Lowes. It's a very thin veneer of natural stone. We also like the quartz ledgestone but it blended too much with our walls. It seems all multicolor slate ledgestone tile is similar (some have more variation in stone sizes than others), Home Depot was a little cheaper but always out of stock. The slate is sealed with the DuPont Stonetech High Gloss Finishing Sealer. That product really brought out the color and will make it easy to clean going forward. We did not use a color enhancer as it made our test panel very dark.

    The floor tile (American Olean Carslile Black) isn't an exact match since it's porcelain; natural slate was just too flaky for the floor.

    Thanks to everyone for the kind words. I really just wanted to appreciate you for all the information on hearth.com that helped with my project!
    -Matt
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  16. Oregon aloha

    Oregon aloha Feeling the Heat

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    Wow love the contrast of the stone. Looks great. Good looking wood rack too.
  17. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    That's a very nice change. It looks great. Did you install the heat duct kit to move heat to the other side of the house?
  18. pilotmattk

    pilotmattk New Member

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    Our house has a very open floor plan with high ceilings. The heat ducts are only good to 30' or so. 12' of that would be used to get up above the vaulted ceiling so not much real distance is gained (and it would release the heat up high were not of much use). I could see those being a real benefit to push heat on the other side of a nearby wall or something. We are running a couple of ceiling fans backwards to help keep it even throughout the main part of the house. The heat drops 5+ deg where the house comes to a 36" corridor about 50' from the stove.
  19. cableman

    cableman Feeling the Heat

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    Hey this looks great! Im gonna ck out the desert quartz for mine, is it real quartz?

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