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    Compact/Smallest Zero Clearance Open Fireplace on Market

    Hi, I am seeking to install a fireplace in new construction that has to be freestanding due to a large number of glass walls. I also would like it to be wood burning. However, where the job is located in New York State the government has discussed banning wood so I would like the ability to...
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    What does overfiring a circulating prefab ZC fireplace look like?

    I have been told that these ZC prefab fireplaces are much less capable of handling larger fires than their ZC wood stove insert counterparts. If I were to start a fire, close the sealed doors on such a fireplace, open the outside air intake, and just let the fire burn, at what point should I...
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    Retrofitting an earthstove bv400c

    Hi, I have a house that was built in '94. It has a prefab Fireplace on an exterior wall. The current setup is a zero clearance insert. I was wondering if I could remove the guts essentially and slide the earthstove in and connect to the existing flue. I was reading the instructions in the...
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    Repair Heatilator Mark 123?

    Hi, we have a Heatilator Mark 123 prefab fireplace, installed sometime around 1969. We had a fireplace company look at it but get the sense they just want us to install a new, energy efficient firebox and arent sure they really considered what we were asking. We know the firebox is missing...
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    Advice 6" easy flex in an 8" prefab flue

    So I need a bit of advice. I have a 1989 Majestic MBUC36 prefab with an 8" flue and I am looking at getting a Hearthstone II with 6" outlet. Spoke to the local Heating and Air folks and they said I would need to add a 6" liner and fill the gap with some concrete/vermiculite like substance...
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    First timer - Fireplace

    Hey everyone. I bought a new home recently and plan on starting the first fire in the fireplace tonight. I have experience with wood stoves but not a whole lot with fireplaces. I know the basics, open the damper, make sure everything is clear, start the fire, monitor it and never leave...