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    Convert ZC framed chase to alcove for stove?

    All done! I've had 4 break in fires already. The paint curing smell was strongest on the 1st fire obviously, now it's getting a lot easier to start up the fires as all of the stove dries out. Went from first pictures of ugly ZC to this:
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    Convert ZC framed chase to alcove for stove?

    The old ZC was ripped out and so the ZC flue. A new 6" 103HT Metal Fab Temp Guard flue was installed. Thanks for looking out though!
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    Convert ZC framed chase to alcove for stove?

    Tile grouted. Last step is outside air kit and set the stove
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    Convert ZC framed chase to alcove for stove?

    Easy thing to do it's go outside and measure your chase width and subtract about 8". That'll give you an idea about how wide it is on the inside. What model zc fireplace is in there right now? You can look up the manual and see how it is framed in, that'll give you an idea how wide it may be in...
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    Convert ZC framed chase to alcove for stove?

    Alcove is now 59" wide. Was 60" but now minus 1/2" each side for drywalll. Some stoves & local building code will allow air shields, some don't. The cs1200 needs 11" side clearance. Most stoves i looked at had a minimum alcove width of around 48" give or take a couple inches depending on the...
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    Convert ZC framed chase to alcove for stove?

    Making progress. Drywall installed on the sides of the alcove. First coat of primer paint down. Tomorrow is tile.
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    Convert ZC framed chase to alcove for stove?

    1) The stove determined the alcove height. The cs1200 needs 84" ceiling height, that is the height to the header in the picture. Inside the alcove the ceiling height is 93" because we wanted the alcove ceiling to not be visible. 2) The support box was placed before the ceiling. This way the...
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    Convert ZC framed chase to alcove for stove?

    I decided on ripping out the ZC and going with a epa wood stove in the alcove, the Regency CS1200 for its tight clearances and wife approved modern looks. Ripping out the ZC was super easy. Needed a sawzall and some pry bars. In the process of getting the stove installed right now.
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    Convert ZC framed chase to alcove for stove?

    Thanks. The local dealer has Regency and Kuma. Some of the traditional looking stoves brands (Vermont Castings, Hampton) didn't pass the wife test. Just looking to add a little warmth to the 1st floor. The location is in a 1st floor family room with nothing but attic over it. The main living...
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    Convert ZC framed chase to alcove for stove?

    So I've decided against sticking an insert into my Heatilator and would rather rip out the old ZC and have a small free standing stove installed. The chase is build off an exterior wall and is completely outside, not counting chase in the attic which the chimney is visible . Looking at the old...
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    Newb ? Small ZC insert in Heatilator HB36AI

    Thanks. Which insert do you have? Do you have a picture of it installed?
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    Newb ? Small ZC insert in Heatilator HB36AI

    Spoke with Heatilator on the phone today. They said it is fine as long as the insert is approved for use in a pre-fab zero clearance and lists the fireplace as compatible with the insert. Also it would need a new liner in the chimney (obviously) and be the insert installed per its manual spec...
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    Newb ? Small ZC insert in Heatilator HB36AI

    Hi been reading threads and now think I am ready to try and make our pre-fab Heatilator HB36AI better at heating with an insert. I just have a couple of questions: 1. I see in the new manuals that the Heatilator can accept a wood insert as the fireplace is UL 127 listed. Correct? 2. I have had...