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    Input needed; Your technique when burning your non-cat stove?

    Usually with a small load, I am trying to stretch out the burn, and am reloading when it appears that I just have enough coals to restart without kindling. With a large load, I could be taking the same approach if I am on a 2x12hr loading cycle, or if its colder out, then I'm reloading based on...
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    Hearth Renovation

    Thanks! I learned: 1. How to mix mortar. Took a little practice, but at the end I felt like I kinda sorta knew what I was doing. 2. Keeping mortar spacing consistent was essentially impossible for me, as a beginner. Especially with real stone and so all the stones are different. However, I...
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    Input needed; Your technique when burning your non-cat stove?

    I have a noncat that is about 2.5 cuft in size, so similar to the T5 I think. After 2 years full years of 24/7 burning (8-9 total cords, 2-3 cords marginal wood) and essentially no buildup in the pipe, I have stopped worrying about how I run the stove significantly impacting the cleanliness of...
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    Hearth Renovation

    Just now getting around to uploading pics. Thanks to everyone who provided input/advice!
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    Pine Wood

    I have access to unlimited free oak/maple, etc. Trouble is twofold: 1. I am finding that hardwoods truly take 3 yrs to season (split small, off the ground, covered well for 2 yrs). This is because my property gets basically no sun. I burn 4 cords a year, so having some wood that seasons in one...
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    Pine Wood

    Where are you located in CT, and what is the name of the supplier? I want in on this deal!!
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    Installation Estimate

    Sounds like you've got it more than figured out!
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    Installation Estimate

    I'm in the same boat - formerly electric heat paying CT exhorbitant electric rates, used to be cold all the time. It definitely pays off for a lot of people, but not everyone. I just wanted to point it out. There is a lot of enthusiasm for wood stoves on hearth.com of course... but the...
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    Installation Estimate

    I'm a little curious what sort of rough calculation you've performed to determine that the stove will pay for itself. Not saying you're wrong, but ~7k is a lot of money. Especially if you buy wood instead of scrounging, and if you have not yet bought other gear (chainsaw, splitter), it is...
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    Liner to Insert Connection Options?

    Is there such a thing as a telescoping pipe connection for an insert? I pulled my insert for the first time for a hearth renovation project a few weeks ago. Disconnecting the pipe was a serious pain. Re-connecting it later was even harder. Even though the lowest section of my chimney pipe is...
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    Wood burning stove question

    Don't feel too bad. Stoves are cost effective in some cases, but in many they are not. I don't know how much it costs to install a ZC fireplace, but several people quoted 5-10k. After that, you will have to pay for wood, unless you are going to go through the work of scrounging it yourself...
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    Hearth Renovation

    I am not sure what I will find behind the wood paneling when I tear it down tomorrow. If it is block or brick, I will simply put up a scratch coat, and then the stone. However, if it is drywall, would it be acceptable to put up that metal mesh stuff and then a scratch coat and the stone? Does...
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    Hearth Renovation

    I think 1" stone, although we're not entirely decided. We will probably end up using some sort of transition piece, but I'd like it to be as small as possible.
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    Looking for stove opinions

    I believe the Enviro Kodiak 1200 is deeper than it is wide. I believe it can handle 18" logs N/S, with 16" being preferred. EDIT: I just looked it up - I was wrong. The 1200 is wider (18.25) than it is deep (16.1).
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    Hearth Renovation

    I noticed that there is 0.25" cement board. Is it acceptable to use that instead of 1/2" cement board, or is that going to be too flimsy? Just wondering because if I can use 0.25" cement board, then the height of the cement board and micore beneath it will be a total of 0.75", and then I might...
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    Hearth Renovation

    Got it, thanks!
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    Hearth Renovation

    Got it. So then 3" is about the minimum profile?
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    Hearth Renovation

    Thanks. So I will need a full 1" of Micore. That means I will have 1" of Micore + 1" of stone on top of that + whatever the thickness is of the mortar... that puts me at maybe 2.5", and that will be next to 0.75" thick wood flooring. Is there any way to reduce the height of the...
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    Hearth Renovation

    Also... is there any Micore variant that is sold in the big box stores? Just did a quick google search for Micore 300, and it seems like I can get it on Amazon and a few other places online, but I'm not seeing anywhere I can drive to pick it up. I'm hoping to start this project next Monday...
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    Hearth Renovation

    Ok I am confused - what am I doing wrong here? This website https://chimneysweeponline.com/horvalue.htm says that a 1/2" Micore 300 board has an R-value of 1.03. If I convert this to K value using the equation K = thickness/R, I get (1/2")/(1.03) = 0.485. However, the table in this...
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    You every forget how to light a fire

    One dumb thing I find myself doing a few times a year is forgetting to open the air back up when trying to get a fresh load going. I then spend a few minutes trying to figure out why the fire is either dying out or limping along - I add kindling, add paper, nothing seems to work... and then I...
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    Is it all over?

    Warm spell right now. Currently lows in the 40's and highs in the 50's. Still burning 24/7. Only my second year with a stove, so I'm still figuring out what our regular practice is when it gets warmer. I have found out this year that I can burn smaller fires (stove half to 2/3 full) that...
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    Osburn 2400 vs FPX Large Hybrid inserts. Price/quality compression. Opinion needed.

    Did you confuse me with the OP? I jumped in with some thoughts, but I'm not the one buying, Dmitry is.
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    Hearth Renovation

    I'll make sure to post lots of pics, as well as any trouble I run into along the way. I'm probably misunderstanding what you are getting at, but neither the current stone hearth that I have, nor the stone hearth extender that I have in front of the hearth, get too hot to touch. I don't see why...
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    Damper installation in liner?

    John B, thanks for the pics and the details about your set up. I think I am going to try to do exactly what you did for my insert.
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    Hearth Renovation

    Thanks! I now remember getting tripped up on R vs K in the past. I just found the helpful hearth.com article on R and K: https://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/wood-k-values-what-does-it-all-mean.147717/ Looks like 1/2" of Micore 300 provides a K factor of 0.84, which is what my stove requires...
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    Hearth Renovation

    Beautiful! I love the varying sizes and shapes.
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    Hearth Renovation

    So I am doing some reading on the clearance to combustibles requirements in my manual. Mantel height requirement - 24" from top of stove, minimum. Won't be an issue. Clearance to unshielded side wall - 10" minimum. I significantly exceed this. Clearance from side of unit to edge of...