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    British Style Wood Stove Surrounds, Why so rare in the U.S.?

    I really want a wood stove, my house has zero fireplace but is built to be very traditional in style, so we're worried about a 16' tall black stovepipe being an issue when we go to sell, I'm a Realtor and know this style of house does not work with those and people here will be snobby about it...
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    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...
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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...
  4. ATX_stove_wanter

    Replace ZC fireplace with free-standing, wood-burning stove

    Hello all! Long-time lurker, first time poster. I've been browsing this forum for a while for ideas and education while this project idea has been turning in my head. I've been blown away by the community on this forum and everyone's willingness to share their knowledge and experiences in order...
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    Zero clearance fireplace identification

    After hours of research I have given up in my effort to figure this out. I have a zero-clearance but I am not able to locate any plate on it nor any other information. I have checked in the firebox, on the top, around the edges, nothing. I have found a few others that have similar feature but...
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    '07 Quadrafire 7100zc-worth buying?

    Hey all, My family is in need of a zero clearance wood stove. We cant afford new, but we came across this used 2007 quadrafire 7100 zc. I've talked to the seller who says it's in good shape with a few cosmetic issues. I've seen pictures. They are asking $1000 OBO. Considering this is a 13 year...
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    New to an old system

    Hi all, the fam and I just purchased our home this summer, we thought the old 80's version of a ZC was only in need of a swap. but after much discovery; the whole system was failing, and we upgraded to the KozyHeat Z42CD. We have a tri-level with the unit in the lower area, bedrooms directly...
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    Zero Clearance Outside Air Kit for FP30 - how hot does it get?

    I recently had a zero clearance fireplace installed, the Pacific Energy FP30 Arch, and requested an outside air kit be installed. The installer used an insulated flex pipe to the fireplace, but the flexible pipe appears to be of a polyester material instead of metal - similar to the one in this...
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    Heatilator Icon vs. Astria Georgian

    I'm looking for a 42" wood burning fireplace. I have seen the Heatilator Icon, but not the Astria Georgian. Curious about experiences with these inserts, including appearance of the bricks, general performance and customer service. This is going in a new house and will have glass doors. Our...
  10. Johnald32

    KozyHeat Z42 vs. ??? Any bigger, better ZC fireplaces?

    Hi everyone, I'm now two years into ownership of a KozyHeat Z42 zero clearance fireplace, and I love the thing. My dad is about to start construction of his retirement house, and is going to have a non-masonry chimney with some sort of zero clearance fireplace built into the house. He loves my...
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    Fireplace Door Handles - a shot in the dark

    Hey everyone, This is a shot in the dark, but I have a townhome, built in 1986 with a zero clearance Superior SP38T model. I attached the owners manual below since that is really the only info I can find on it online. The handles for the knobs on the doors to the fireplace are gone. Previous...
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    zero clearance wood stove chimney temps

    Hi all, new member here. first time posting but I do spend quite a bit of time on here reading its a great source for any questions or just general reviews. I have a Monaco zero clearance wood burning fireplace I've had it for a 3 of years now and I must say I'm pleased with it. For its price it...
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    Framing around prefab fireplace box

    Hi All, I've been looking at these H-burners for a gas fireplace as part of a new construction project. To use these H-burners, I understand that I need a real wood burning fireplace, then convert it. I'm thinking of using a prefab zero clearance box which requires the proper chimney flue for...
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    Zero-Clearance Wood Stove Draft Issues

    I am in the process of replacing my old fireplace with a new zero-clearance wood stove. I would like to use combustion air from inside the home, but I have had pretty bad downdrafting. It seems to work ok when I use outside combustion air, but I have read several articles on why this is bad...
  15. Johnald32

    New Kozy Heat Z42 Install (Thanks Hearth.com!)

    This is my first post to Hearth.com. We just had our new Kozy Heat Z42CD ZC fireplace installed, and I figured I'd post some pictures and info for the benefit of the group. We had it installed to replace a prefab junk ZC fireplace (not sure the brand - possibly a Heatilator) I think I've read...
  16. earthbelowus

    Can I just cover up Prefab Majestic ZC Fireplace with heat shield, then put wood stove in front?

    HI all, We just moved in to our new house, and we're ready to convert our zero clearance wood burning fireplace insert to a nice radiant soapstone wood stove. I'd really like to avoid removing the insert, because from what I can find online, that's a HUGE project that could involve ripping...
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    Gravity Kits, what are the benefits?

    I'm in the process of deciding between the Pacific Energy FP30 Arch or the Osburn Stratford and I wanted to know what how useful the gravity kits will actually be. I had a few questions considering both fireplaces have blowers and louvers just above the firebox... I am trying to heat a vacation...
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    ZC tips/hints/questions

    Hey everyone. I bought my first home about a year ago that has a prefab ZC fireplace, model is Superior SP38A, and although its an older model (I think it may of been installed when the house was built which was 1987) I was surprisingly happy and excited to see how well it actually performed. I...
  19. webfish

    My journey from Zero Clearance to freestanding wood stove.

    Warning: Long post with pictures. When I started here in late 2013. I had a zero clearance Heat n Glo that was in the house. It never did heat. I have a geothermal system but in Minnesota we get some cold stretches. I hated if the electric supplement would turn on. Ran constantly and barely...
  20. StampJar

    Prefab fireplace with wood stove

    Hey everyone- I've read a couple of similar posts about the issue, but I still seem to get different answers from the local chimney and fireplace companies in my town. I purchased a home and currently have a Martin Industries prefab fireplace that vents up a wood framed typical prefab chimney...
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    Name this fireplace (or help me find out how)/replacing refractory panels

    Hi All, First, thanks for taking the time to look at my questions. This is my first time posting so if you have any questions please feel free to ask (as I am sure I'll be missing some piece of critical information). My wife and I purchased our first home in June here in Maryland. When doing...
  22. webfish

    Wood Stoves and Fireplaces UPGRADING A PRE-FAB OR ZERO CLEARANCE METAL FIREPLACE

    Note: The fireplaces being discussed in this article are made of sheet metal and have metal round chimneys. These are known by various names such as: 1. Pre-fab or Prefabricated metal fireplaces. 2. Zero-Clearance or ZC or “0” clearance fireplaces. 3. “Builder Boxes” or similar terms which...