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    Beefing Up & Expanding Hearth for Wood Stove

    Hello everyone, First time poster, about to get a wood stove (thinking about VC Encore Flexburn, but that's not why I write) and want to vent it out of an existing fireplace. The fireplace had a 1" think slate slab that sat on several layers of mud bed, mortar, and piled rocks/concrete. I need...
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    Chimney top rebuild, Liner/Insert install, Data logging

    I recently completed rebuilding the top of my chimney, adding a liner and installing a wood insert. I wanted to share here for several reasons: I'm pretty proud of about 95% of the project and wanted to document it As an amateur DIY'er, this took a lot of research/learning (much here), and...
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    Filled ash dump chute with concrete: Can I do concrete all the way up?

    Hi folks, The plywood forms were never removed from under the hearth when the home was built :eek:, and major demolition would be required to access the ash pit to remove the plywood. (The pit is roughly 2x13 feet of floor area and a couple feet high, making it almost impossible to reach the...
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    Venting pellet flue through concrete/stucco

    I am venting a pellet stove to the outside wall from my finished basement (2 foot above gradient). After the inside wall thimble, beyond the studs I am at concrete block with a stucco exterior. My question is, do I need to use the thimble on the outside or can I just run a 3.5" hole through the...
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    Pouring concrete for new hearth

    I'm a newbie and took on the project of replacing the tiles on my fireplace hearth. As things do, it's gotten a bit complicated. The tiles were brick inlay that were embedded in the concrete or mud base and were not coming off so I ended up removing everything expecting to hit a flat wood or...
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    Efflorescence

    I recently had a woodburner installed. I had imagined that the original concrete would have been levelled so the hearth sits nicely in. Apparently this was done but remained so uneven that the hearth had to sit on top of a thick concrete layer. This issue was not raised at the time the quote was...