We simply don't know on the safety side of things. In most zc units that are installed correctly it is probably perfectly safe. But because the fireplace was never designed or tested to support the weight or handle the full time burning associated with an insert we just don't know. Because of...
No they would just raise prices and cut employment costs any way they could to maintain their corporate profits. Tariffs are paid for by the working people. I do agree about not giving them tax breaks though.
Because there is money to be made selling stoves for this purpose and the instructions clearly have enough cya statements in them to protect the manufacturer. The liability will fall squarely on the installers shoulders.
It doesn't matter what the stove manual says you can do to someone else's ul listed appliance. What matters is the fireplace manual. Unless it says you can remove those parts and maintain the listing you can't do it.
And bkvp is right many fireplaces were not installed correctly to start...
Wood really doesn't dry much at all in the round. I just split some oak I cut early last summer and it was still at 36% if it is split and stacked for a year it is far better than most guys though. But even at that if it is hardwood seasoned in that fashion I would expect high 20%range
Yeah I see it. I clean several hundred stove and fireplace blowers a year. Yes of course it needed cleaned. All I am saying is that really isn't all that bad.
What are your intentions with this fireplace? Are you wanting just a recreational fire for ambiance or are you expecting to hear...
Just because he couldn't clean it doesn't mean it needs replaced. It just means he isn't very good at his job. Honestly the creosote in the pictures doesn't even look that bad. I would have cleaned it with a rotary cleaner to get most of it out and told you to burn drier wood and use some...
Well no not exactly an entrepreneur in this business but I was in my last one I sold. And I sold the cabinet business because it kept me out of the house to many hours. That and my father needed help.
But even then before kids I wouldn't be in the shop more than 60 hours. And wouldn't let my...
Why didn't he just clean it properly? Creosote buildup is no reason to deem a system unusable and it would need to be removed in order to install any insert regardless.
In addition most fireplaces like yours don't allow inserts to be installed regardless.
Saying just go find another job is all well and good but there are plenty of areas where there aren't many jobs. Or the jobs that are available are pretty much all in one industry. So if that industry pays crap it doesn't matter if you change jobs.
I am not willing to work over 45 or so hours I have a family and I want to be there for them. That doesn't make me lazy. I work my ass off those hours so I can be home to get my kids off the bus every day
Do you have the manual for it? The up tag means nothing once you take parts off to install the insert it is no longer listed because parts are missing.
The only way you will be allowed to do it legally is if the fireplace manual says it is ok.