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ZC insert question

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by canoeman, Oct 23, 2009.

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  1. canoeman

    canoeman New Member

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    I have a Quadrafire 2700i that was dealer installed into an A42r heatilator. The a42 is from 2001, I assume it has the sl300 chimney. My dealer put a SS 316 liner into the chimney without insulation. I only discovered this forum after the install, and from what I have read it looks like insulation should have been used. My question --is this a really dangerous situation? The stove fires and drafts really well. Anyone else in my shoes?
    Thanks

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  2. polaris

    polaris Feeling the Heat

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    I would not be to worried as the chimney will never get close to either 1700 or 2100 degrees short of a massive chimney fire. I have a neighbor who had an insert installed in his ZC and it was lined sans insulation. We went into his attic while he had a big fire rolling and the outer wall of the air cooled chimney was not terribly hot. You could rest your hand on it with minimal discomfort. If you have access to a part of the chimney you could check it during a hot burn, if not just keep your exhaust pipe clean and I wouldn't be overly concerned. Although I'm unsure if it is code compliant or not in your area.
  3. canoeman

    canoeman New Member

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    Thanks -- I am thinking I will have the chimney swept after this season and insulate if it is getting too dirty.
  4. Fsappo

    Fsappo Minister of Fire

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    Insulating wouldnt hurt. All things being normal, I wouldnt say it was needed.
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    3dogsrule New Member

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    Canoeman, I've also got an A42 that I'm looking to put an insert in to. Are you happy with the heat output of the 2700i? I was looking at something a little bigger, primarily the Lopi Republic 1750i.

    Karen
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    canoeman New Member

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    Haven't had a chance to fire it much as our weather is still not cold, but the few times I have burned it I was happy with the burn --very easy to operate and it does put out heat with the blower. Burn time is pretty short. My house is pretty big and my intention is to warm the room rather than the house. The firebox is small and the unit fits in the a42 easily.
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