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Zero-Clearance....is there a list somewhere?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by carolinagirl, Feb 8, 2010.

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  1. carolinagirl

    carolinagirl Member

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    Good morning everyone. I am hoping someone can direct me to a complete list of zero-clearance woodstove/fireplace hybrids. I have spend days and days googling and searching and I am finding some, but I know someone must have asked this question before and I am hoping there is a list. I want a zero clearance wood burner, non catalytic. The main part of my house is 1300 square feet but there is also a 680 sq ft sunroom that is connected with 6' wide french doors (which I usually leave open so the plants don't freeze) and also a 480 sq ft master suite. I am not expecting to keep the whole house cozy and warm....I just want to supplement my gas furnace.

    When I built this house, I framed in the fireplace chase and opening for a Quadrafire. It just had drywall over the opening until I could afford the $$ to buy the fireplace. I think a quadrafire might be overkill for the size of my house. I love the look of the quadrafire though, and also recently discovered the Napoleon NZ-26 which is gorgeous but may be out of my price range. I'd really like to find something that can be installed DIY. I built the house myself.....it seems like a woodstove install shouldn't be all that bad. Can someone please direct me to a list of wood-burners that might meet my needs? Thanks so much!

    Cindy

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  2. woodhound

    woodhound New Member

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    I would look at the kozy heat products, they are non cat and the installs are easy. They use the hardpack pipe and 1 4" air intake. They will heat what you want and not be overkill. Plus they should be in your price range. www.kozyheat.com
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    par0thead151 Feeling the Heat

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    i have a ZC fireplace with a insert in it now.
    it is quite unnerving trying to get real answers as far as what units are ZC rated.
    do not buy one that the MFG doesn't rate for ZC as if it burns your home down, you may be the one liable for the fire, and no insurance pay out.

    i have a enviro venice 1700.
    it is a very good unit in my opinion. i heat my 3000 sq foot home with it. i use it for 95%of my heat needs. i leave the heat on at 60 for my furnace as the wife and dog complain when it gets into the 50's.
    with the 1700 venice running full tilt i can keep the home at 65-70 when it is 15 F or warmer outside.
    my home has a lot of windows, and an open floor plan, and is new(2000 built), so i have good insulation but lots of windows
  5. dannynelson77

    dannynelson77 Feeling the Heat

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    I'm getting this Osburn ZC installed next week. Cant wait! For $2,000 you just cant beat the price of this unit. Its the same thing as the Enerzone 2.5 ZC and the Flame Monaco as they are all made by SBI. I just went through the same process looking at all options. Just cant beat it for the money and it has a 2.5 cubic ft. firebox so should put out some decent heat.......

    http://www.osburn-mfg.com/product.aspx?CategoId=19&Id=439
  6. carolinagirl

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    Thanks for the replies! I am looking them over and hope someone can add to the list.
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    Fsappo New Member

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    Thats a nice price for that fireplace. We sell the Enerzone product at our shop. Sold tons of them and folks all love them. Enjoy it
  8. dannynelson77

    dannynelson77 Feeling the Heat

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    Thanks. Yea I cant wait to get it in. Its basically the same thing as the Enerzone but cheaper under the Osburn name. Cheapest ZC fireplace I could find. Plus I like the simple look of it......
  9. Chad S.

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    +1 on the kozy heat. I pondered the idea of a zc and like the kozy heat cause its one of the heaviest units, uses real firebrick and has a 6" flue which accepts even the big box store simpson chimneys which I think is a big plus and a huge money saver (most zc fireplaces require thier brand of venting). The rsf onyx I was looking at too but the best value is probably the kozy heat. That osburn looks like a good value too.
  10. carolinagirl

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    I'll have to give Kozy heat a serious look. I love the idea of real firebrick instead of a stamped firebrick pattern on a thin piece of refractory material. I had a zero clearance in my last house that had that thin stuff and it broke in less than a year. I don't love the look of the Kozy heat nearly as much as the Napoleon NZ-26, but I found out that thing retails for nearly $5000....just for the stove!! WAY out of my budget.

    Oh, I like the starburst design on the top grill of the Enerzone! Very nice looking!
  11. dannynelson77

    dannynelson77 Feeling the Heat

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    Yea the nicer ones are EXPENSIVE. If money wasnt an issue I would get something nicer like the fireplace xtrodinair. But the Osburn for the money will have to do. Plus it fits perfect pretty much where its going so labor costs are at a minimum.

    Kozy heat only has a 10 year limited warranty. Just wanted to point that out.
  12. carolinagirl

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    10 year warranty is not too good. This is my forever house and I don't want to have to replace my stove. Does the Osburn use real firebricks? I checked Enerzone's web site...there are no dealers anywhere around here. If money was no object, I'd probably get a quadrafire, but that will cost over $6k including installation. If I had that kind of bucks to play with, I'd probably get a geo-thermal heat pump!
  13. dannynelson77

    dannynelson77 Feeling the Heat

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    The Osburn has refractory bricks. Not a stamped thin sheet of refractory.
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    par0thead151 Feeling the Heat

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    enviro venice 1700 also has refractory bricks...
    i have yet to find one thing i dislike about my enviro venice ZC insert.
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