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    Help with installing stove or insert into masonry fireplace with heatilator.

    Hi I'm completely new to this forum, fireplaces, stoves and inserts. I purchased a 1700sq ft house ( about 1200 sq ft is on the same floor as the fireplace and the rest is upstairs ) 2.5 years ago. I'm assuming I'd want something that will heat up to 1800 sq ft or so. My main heat source is an...
  2. T

    DIY Secondary Combustion / Air

    I want to share what I have learned from hours of reading forums and watching youtube - an attempt to repay those who laid the groundwork for me. I have a Suburban Manufacturing Wood Chief / Coal Chief stove insert that has faithfully heated my house(s) since 2006ish. This is been a great...
  3. M

    DIY Stove Replacement? 8" to 6" and other new guy questions

    Hi all, I'm a new wood stove owner trying to do his homework. I have a lot to learn. I bought a house with an old Hearthstone H1 in the basement (the upstairs has gas heat, but not the finished basement). About 1000 square feet up and down. I replaced the glass and gaskets (both needed doing)...
  4. Mellowyelloe

    My homemade gasifier

    Hi fellow members. This is my first post. I joined this community to share my boiler project with everyone in hopes maybe others can learn and hopefully I can learn from others. Last summer I started building my boiler because I was tired of the inefficiency of my insert in my fireplace. Plus...
  5. W

    A few questions

    I see that most forums haven't been active but I thought I'd give this a try... I'm trying to heat a two story 1200sqft home. The first floor will be separated from the second by doors. There is duct work there but nothing installed yet. The duct work that is there is the insulated flexible...
  6. Ryhder

    DIY Fix harman distribution blower without replacing!

    Hello , after having a distribution blower failure on my Harman XXV I decided to tear it down and attempt to repair whatever may broken inside, I searched for any info on repair / rebuilding the electric motor but found only suggestions to replace it. In the spirit of saving $200 and possibly...
  7. B

    Hearthstone Homestead Rear Panel Replacement

    Has anyone replaced the rear or back panel of a hearthstone stove? What does this entail? We have a beautiful stove with a crack near the collar on the back panel. Our chimney guy said it would cost $2000 to replace but the part costs $700. That makes me think it isn't easy, but if we could do...
  8. seaninnj

    Time lapse - German Schmeer and fireplace insert install

    Took the GoPro and setup a time lapse to capture the application of the german shimmer on the old fireplace brick. We love how it turned out. Thanks all for the tips on how to get this done without too much fuss.
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    Gas Fire Advice

    Hi all, I need a little advice on modern gas fireplaces. I am building a new chalet and have decided to go down the natural gas fireplace route. I would like a contemporary minimal looking long, low and possibly open on front and back. I am not interested in the heat output as it is purely for...
  10. O

    Regency Hearth Heater ( H2100M )Installation

    Is there a secret to removal of metalbest once locked down? I opened up the wall (corner) giving myself plenty of room to grab the pipe and turn counter-clockwise but there was not a hint of it budging. DO I need to use a thin bee keepers pry bar to perhaps break a creosote seal inside or what...
  11. W

    DIY Whitfield Advantage II-T Repairs?

    Hello! This forum has been very educational - thanks! We inherited a Whitfield Advantage II-T pellet stove with the house we bought 6 years ago and haven't done much to it other than cleaning. Lately, fans have started sounding like they're on their way out and we're having a hard time...
  12. R

    Earth Stove RP45 with broken burn pot

    I rent a home equipped with an Earth Stove RP45 that has worked well enough for me over the last 5 years. The burn pot has always been broken on the bottom, allowing some pellets through to the ash pan. Over time it's gotten worse- the bottom of the pot is now 75% open. Burn pot fills with a...