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  1. TheBurghBees

    Venting Wood Stove Into Back of Chimney

    Hi All! New to the Forum. We are in the midst of a sun room remodel. This space is an insulated enclosed porch, adjacent to our living room. The existing wood-burning fireplace in the living room will require a new liner (at best) and/or insert to become functional again. We haven't yet...
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    Thelin Providence Insert igniter

    I have a Thelin Providence insert and it seems like the igniter went out on it. There seems to be very little info about this unit I can find online and none of the people I've contacted in my area (Northern California - 95033) know much about it and/or want to work on it. I'm not even sure...
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    Can anybody identify this Regency wood insert?

    Hello folks, I stumbled across a pretty cheap used Regency insert for sale, which peaked my interest. Unfortunately I (or the seller) does not know the model number, or year of manufacture. I have a couple pics, attached, and was wondering if any Regency experts would know what model/year(ish)...
  4. S

    Improving/fixing a Better N Bens stove

    Hi all. Long time reader, first time poster. My wife and I purchased a house last year that came with the stove insert in the photos. We didn't really know too much about it, and really still don't, but these forums have helped a bunch. Anyway, this was originally set up as a "slammer", but due...
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    Jotul C450 problems

    Greetings, long time lurker never posted. I use a outdoor boiler for heat so this issue is not pressing. I'm looking for advice on my jotul c450 kennebec insert. My insert has had this awful rattle since week 1. It was installed by my local dealer.. My blower bearings are good. Has been changed...
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    Is this a bypass lever ? CAT stove I’m a newbie

    Some what of a newbie we bought our house a little over 2 years ago. We definitely wanted a fireplace or wood stove and this one was here. I’ve been winging it learning through trial and error didn’t realize these things need a bit of understanding to operate it properly . It had no firebricks...
  7. T

    How do Heat Exhangers work in the Harman Accentra 52i-TC?

    So I cleaned my Harman Insert the first time. I am curious to why the removable Accordion panels are called Heat Exchangers? There appear to be combustion products on both sides. Do the Panels and medallion somebow Super Heat the exhaust air or is there a fresh air exchange I am not seeing? It...
  8. T

    Insert vs fireplace firebox size sanity check

    Hello everyone and many thanks for such an informative and friendly forum. I’ve been immersing myself in the details of wood burning this last week and have gotten to the point where I need a sanity check. Hoping I can provide all of the relevant information so that y’all can quickly assist me...
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    Advise for wood burning insert

    Greetings, I am looking for a new wood burning insert for a masonry fireplace. Looking for some suggestions. I have a 3500 Sq. Ft. 2 story house and am looking for something that can keep the lower story warm as a secondary heat source. Planning to use it occasionally in Seattle, WA. I really...
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    Lopi Fireplace Insert — insulation

    Hey all, new to the forum today, long time reader. I just had installed a Lopi medium flush insert, a stove with the “convection chamber” or “air jacket” (i.e. a metal jacket around the actual insert with a gap for air to flow thru with a blower). I was wondering if I could insulate around...
  11. C

    Recommendation for wood burning insert

    I would like to have a wood burning insert . My Fireplace dimensions: Front wide 29 Rear wide 22 3/4 Height 27 Depth 21 Please recommend it Thank you so much Chris
  12. C

    Jotul C550 Rockland Insert height requirements

    Hey everyone. First time posting here but didn’t see anything quite related to this question. I’m about to purchase a Jotul C550 Rockland insert. I was just looking at dimensions and it shows the opening height requirement is 23 3/4”. Due to the slightly uneven bricks on the floor of the...
  13. D

    Debating on two types of gas inserts

    We are looking to have a gas insert put in to our basic wood fireplace. We have two very similar quotes from two different companies, with two different gas inserts. The inserts by name are Enviro E30 and Kozy Heat Chaska 29. Couple things that might help with opinions. Our room seems to be a...
  14. J

    Looking for some details on a (80s?) Kodiak stove insert in good shape

    Hi everyone, purchased a home in the MD suburbs of DC and it came with a approx. 30 year old Kodiak wood stove insert (pics below). It looks (to me) to be in pretty good condition but unfortunately it's impractical for our family to keep or use it. How would one go about disassembling and...
  15. A

    Zero Clearance long burn times?

    Insurance wont allow a free standing stove. I would like to install a zero clearance wood insert but can not find anything that comes close to blaze king Princess insert. Blaze King currently has no zero clearance models. Installing masonry would cost close to 10k so out of budget. So with my...
  16. J

    Insert with cooking capabilities - Lopi Answer?

    Greetings, Our home is just shy of 1300 square feet and we have an existing masonry fireplace that we would like to upgrade. Under normal circumstances, we plan to use a woodstove for supplemental heat. However, with power outages, we would like to the option of being able to heat and cook on...
  17. PAbeech

    Pacific energy summit insert replacing old zero clearence

    Yesterday we pulled out the old zero clearence wood burner. My new pacific energy summit insert is now waiting to be installed. Just have to weld up brackets to keep the old chimney up and then insert the 25' 6" flex liner kit into the existing10" stainless chimney. Also if any tips on using the...
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    Looking for advise on insert for small fireplace

    Good day, I have a fireplace I love to use but would like to add an insert to get some actual heat. The small firebox is making it difficult to find a contemporary looking insert with a larger viewing area. Here are the specs : Front width: 34" Front height: 26" Depth bottom: 17" Depth top: 14"...
  19. TrippWest

    Fireplace Insert Fan Stopped Working

    I'm a newbie and this is my first winter with my Napoleon Epic Oakdale wood-burning fireplace insert. The fan to circulate the air has stopped working. I plan on investigating the problem this weekend, but I suspect it may have more to do with my cleaning habits of the fireplace than an actual...
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    NEED HELP from someone who knows about Grizzly Inserts

    This Grizzly Insert came with the house and has been in it for many years from what I can tell. I have had nothing but problems with keeping a fire in it since day one. No matter the coal bed not matter the side air control it always dies out. Two things, it has no flue dampener and the...
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    Fisher Insert

    We recently bought a house with what I believe is a Fisher Fireplace Insert that was installed by the previous owner. We had a chimney inspection so we know it is installed correctly, and we have used it with no issues. The Fireplace Insert does not have the surround/flashing/trim kit and air...
  22. T

    I think I have a problem

    Greetings everyone, I have a regency wood stove insert (I believe the 2400 model). I have had the stove 5 years without many problems. For some reason this year I am accumulating so much ash I have to empty it every day. I understand ash is good but there is about 5” produced everyday. This is...
  23. M

    Harman Accentra Insert filling with smoke

    Hi all, The short version: the inside of my stove is filled with smoke. It failed to light, and apparently failed to exhaust any smoke. I have five blinks on the control board, indicating that it tried to light, but timed out. Combustion blower? The light on the control panel indicates that it...
  24. O

    Freestanding or Insert in Existing Fireplace

    Hi there, I have an existing fireplace that I want to fit with a woodstove but I'm not sure how to find one that will fit. I've been creeping on the forums for awhile so I thought I'd hop in to ask for some help. I'm looking to have the woodstove zone heat the basement and supplement heat my...
  25. S

    Help with Insert for corner fireplace

    Hi everyone, I'm new to this. I have a corner wood fireplace and am wondering if it is possible to get a wood stove insert that fits it (ie if there is one that already fits or that can be ?cut to fit). I've attached a photo. Dimensions are in the attached document. Thanks so much!
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    Help picking a wood burning insert

    Hey everyone and thank you for taking the time to read my post and reply. I have a large fireplace in the basement of my 4000 square ft raised ranch and would like to have an insert installed to supplement my oil heat as much as possible. Now I know I will not be about to heat the entire house...
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    Wood burning insert price, does this sound right?

    I recently purchased a home and would like to have a wood burning insert installed in one of my fireplaces. I was given a rough quote of $3150 for a hearthstone green mountain insert with surround plate and about $1600 for installation and the chimney liner would not be insulated. Total $4750...
  28. S

    What are my options for installing a wood stove in my living room?

    A few years ago I was interested in putting in a wood stove in my living room that currently has a fireplace. The guy who stopped by my house to quote said that my fireplace has a "zig-zag flue" so the liner couldn't be installed. He seemed sort of disinterested and didn't stay for long so I...
  29. Paperchief

    Making a decision between fireplace & wood insert

    So, I’ve got a fireplace that needs some work. They told me about $4,750 to repair it to burn wood inside of it. they also said “well why don’t you just throw a wood insert in there” and said he could save me money and install it for $1,000 + the cost of insert /whatever else is needed. Now to...
  30. W

    Hampton GCI60 Troubleshooting

    Hello, my husband and I bought our house with a Hampton GCI60 insert already installed and we love it. However we saw error code #4 pop up and I haven't the slightest idea where the reset switch even is or whatever other issue I should be looking at. My husband said it started to over heat and...