DIY stove install - guidance

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KingstonRocks

New Member
Aug 25, 2022
18
Kingston, MA
Hi Guys,

Been reading a ton but figured I’d do a post here for some thoughts on some things , I have an older colonial home that is need of some help heating. I’ve always wanted a wood stove and have a large old masonry fireplace that we never used. Planning on buying a pre insulated chimney liner and got a stove from a friend. The stove is a 1988 Vermont Castings resolute acclaim, pictures attached. Any thoughts on maintenance of this older stove ? Is it something where I won’t know until I fire it up? I got it for $100 so if I have to put money into it , I should be fine. Let me know. I also plan on buying a hearth extension pad and this liner and doing the install myself , my roof is pretty manageable. Any tips/ thoughts / or guidance would be super cool, going to buy the liner tomorrow!

Thinking of going with this kit:


And this hearth pad in front :


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bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
31,103
central pa
Hi Guys,

Been reading a ton but figured I’d do a post here for some thoughts on some things , I have an older colonial home that is need of some help heating. I’ve always wanted a wood stove and have a large old masonry fireplace that we never used. Planning on buying a pre insulated chimney liner and got a stove from a friend. The stove is a 1988 Vermont Castings resolute acclaim, pictures attached. Any thoughts on maintenance of this older stove ? Is it something where I won’t know until I fire it up? I got it for $100 so if I have to put money into it , I should be fine. Let me know. I also plan on buying a hearth extension pad and this liner and doing the install myself , my roof is pretty manageable. Any tips/ thoughts / or guidance would be super cool, going to buy the liner tomorrow!

Thinking of going with this kit:


And this hearth pad in front :


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Chances are the stove is going to need a complete interior rebuild.
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
31,103
central pa
For what reason ?
The fireback is burnt and distorted it needs replaced. It it looks like that I am sure everything behind it is shot as well.
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
31,103
central pa
Are those parts accessible? Also what would it cause when firing the stove?
Yes they should be available. They also aren't cheap. Depending upon how bad it is it could cause control issues and definitely lack of secondary combustion.
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
31,103
central pa
The stoves purpose really is just to take the edge off., in my living room,
Not really looking to heat the whole house.
Ok but it should still be in good working order
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
31,103
central pa
If I take the stove apart and clean it , how will I know everything is broken and needs replacing ?
Post pics here if there are any questions but it will be pretty obvious