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    1997 Harman P38+ - Worth it?

    Hi, Due to a recent need to rebuild the floor and part of a wall in a section of our house that was originally a 1950's cabin, I had the opportunity to pull out our kerosene monitor heater and our ventless propane fireplace. We only bought the house last year and with fuel prices going up and...
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    Seeking advice for a stove in the Blue Ridge of Western North Carolina

    H’yall, another newbie looking for help to choose the right stove. I’m building a 900 square foot, single-story house in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 45 minutes northwest of Asheville. Altitude 2300 ft. We do have a real winter, tho it’s a winter that might seem like a shoulder-month to...
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    First timer seeking advice! PE Alderlea T5

    Hi everyone! My husband and I recently had a Pacific Energy Alderlea T5 stove installed in our new home. We did a ton of research before selecting this stove (reading through a ton of stove recommendation threads on this site) and are very excited to use it. We have 3 cords of wood drying in...
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    Cookstove -- new or old?

    I am interested in input from all you expert people here about a wood cookstove. I am considering a bunch of variables, but I'll try to layout my situation first. House is about 2500 SF poorly-insulated, rather drafty two-storey c.1790 farmhouse in Vermont. I have a two-flue center chimney. In...
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    Fireplace shovel caught fire... advice?

    Pretty much what the title says. I was moving coals around and banking a fire (newly learned skill for me, I'm pretty new to owning a wood stove) and the black paint coating on the fireplace shovel I have caught fire. Pretty nasty toxic smell to it too. Has this happened to anyone else? Any...
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    Hearthstone Wood Stove Help

    I found this Hearthstone stove posted near my area. I was wondering if anyone had any information on it. It looks a little worse for wear on the exterior. Has anyone ever restored/repainted enamel before? Also, the firebox looks to be in decent shape other than a few bricks appear to be cracked...
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    Pellet Advice - Michigan Thumb Area

    I’m new to burning pellets. I’m trying to stock up with 2 - 3 tons for this winter, but completely confused by reviews I’m finding online as to what brands are good or not. I was leaning towards getting the Michigan Wood Fuels pellets through TSC, but I see some terrible reviews for them...
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    Basement Insulation

    Hey everyone here’s the issue I’m dealing with. I had a contractor install insulation in my walkout basement walls above grade. They first picture framed the stud cavities with spray foam and then put in the blow in blanket system with fiberglass. The issue I’m wondering about is I’ve had...
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    Need advice on pellet stove

    I just purchased a new home and am interested in getting a pellet stove. The previous owners had a pellet stove, so we have the vents/intake needed. Here's where I ran into a problem. So, I am interested in getting a Harman stove, as that's the type stove I had growing up. It's been going strong...
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    New to wood stoves in general

    Hey all, I just recently bought a house in New Hampshire that has a Hearthstone Clydesdale installed. I've been learning how to get the thing burning a little bit better each day, but I have some basic questions. What's the best way to run the stove? Full open air and feed it a log at a time...
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    Hearthstone Clydesdale

    Hey all, Just bought a new house over the summer up in New England and it comes with a Hearthstone Clydesdale insert. I've read a ton about running them, but I had a question for anyone more familiar with an EPA stove (my first time running something like this). Manual says not to "regularly...
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    thimble and safety

    hello, I just did a straight out the wall installation to my new pellet stove. its about 4 inches from back of stove to the wall. I used the supplied thimble. I normally have gone out the roof but thought it would be less of a challenge with roof repair to go out the wall this time. the pipe...
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    Which stove to buy?

    hi, I’m brand new here but I’ve read a lot of reviews and advice so I thought I’d ask for educated opinions here. Thanks in advance! I’m in southern Ontario. We have small bungalow (920 sq feet main floor and 920 sq feet finished basement. We want a stove in our basement which would be only a...
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    Jam time in my pellet stove

    I have been having Jamming issues that do not match what others have posted that I have seen. I have pellets getting trapped in the upper auger. I thought at first it was a fluke, but it is happening every time I run the stove with pellets I purchased. The stove ran wonderfully with the...
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    Help! Found issue while cleaning my pellet stove!

    Hey everyone, I have a Enviro cast iron meridian. I was cleaning the plates inside and decided to take them out to clean behind them. Behind the center plate, the fiberglass pad had some charring around the auger tube and some on the top. I'm pretty concerned with this! Is this a common issue...
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    HELP - Need advice asap!

    Hello all! I'm new to this forum so please bear with me! Please, I need your help, our home is freezing and our electric bill is through the roof. I need opinions, advice, and words of wisdom! Our story in a nutshell- my wife and I recently purchased our first, new home in June in...
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    Hearthstone III find looking for some guidance!

    So lucky me, while trolling the Internet I found this... how some like me would say a BEAUTY. Cost? Just the gas to pick it up. In my book, I consider that "ahead". So now down to the nitty gritty and hopefully some help from some hearthstone III veterans, or newbies who own one of these...
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    Couple newbie questions.......

    I have a newly installed quadrafire voyager grand. I have just installed a block off plate and insulation, and I am ready to fire this unit up for a few small break in fires. My block off plate is fairly snug, but it does have a few gaps at the walls and at the ss liner. Should I stuff the...
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    Help me find small/medium stove for NC...

    Recently bought an old (1895) single story house. Original house is about 1500 sq. feet with 11' ceilings and there is a sunroom added inside the L that accounts for the extra 300 sq. feet. House has a long L shaped choppy floor plan (not great air flow between rooms) and is very drafty...