Drolet Escape 1800i install almost complete…but I just thought of something.

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FDRchats

New Member
Oct 22, 2021
4
East Tennessee
I am almost done, and would be if the self tapping screws for attaching the liner to the insert would actually self tap. While taking a breather, I thought of something. The face of my fireplace is painted. Will that paint burn? I’m especially concerned about the area behind the surround. Following advice on here, I built what is essentially an air tight block off plate so there will be a lot of heat back there. I don’t recall ever seeing a post about this. Did I screw up? Picture is attached.

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stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
2,997
Long Island NY
It'll stink for sure. So have a fan an open window at hand, the first (few) time(s) you burn it.

Be careful with self tapping screws; if they don't grab onto the second metal part, they may bend it instead, creating gaps.
I'd predrill.
 
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bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
27,020
central pa
I am almost done, and would be if the self tapping screws for attaching the liner to the insert would actually self tap. While taking a breather, I thought of something. The face of my fireplace is painted. Will that paint burn? I’m especially concerned about the area behind the surround. Following advice on here, I built what is essentially an air tight block off plate so there will be a lot of heat back there. I don’t recall ever seeing a post about this. Did I screw up? Picture is attached.

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It is painted with high temp paint so no. And the liner shouldn't be held with self tappers. Rivets for heavy wall or mid weight. And a band clamp for light wall.
 
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FDRchats

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Oct 22, 2021
4
East Tennessee
It is painted with high temp paint so no. And the liner shouldn't be held with self tappers. Rivets for heavy wall or mid weight. And a band clamp for light wall.
How does a band clamp attach to the stove itself? I have connector that came with the liner to connect to the appliance. As far a paint, I was talking about the paint on the brick.
 

EbS-P

Minister of Fire
Jan 19, 2019
1,738
SE North Carolina
I had to drill the appliance adapter and used the screws. To screw the right angle pieces to the adapter. That stainless is hard metal. Didn’t get the third hole drilled.

My second break in fire was today. Got the top to 500+. The jacket was less than 200. So with the blower and the space back there is shielded from direct high Temp radiation so probably not as bad/hot as it could be. It’s probably worth keeping an eye/ thermocouple or IR thermometer on.

Edit….. I think I had to supply my own screws.

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bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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central pa
How does a band clamp attach to the stove itself? I have connector that came with the liner to connect to the appliance. As far a paint, I was talking about the paint on the brick.
Ahhh those screws. Yeah pre drill them
 
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Riteway

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Jul 27, 2020
127
Kitsap County, WA
You're talking about the white (presumably latex) paint on the brick? I think the likelihood of that burning/melting is very low. The brick will get warm to the touch when using the insert, but not so hot that it would burn your skin. I was just at a friend's house this weekend who has an almost identical setup, and didn't notice any scorch marks on the paint. Their insert was professionally installed, so I assume the installers would have noted if there would be a problem.
 

john26

Minister of Fire
Oct 27, 2008
715
Wildwood MO
The face of my fireplace is painted.
A little late now but for future consider white wash on brick made with hydrated lime and salt it will not be affected by heat like paint it can be washed off as well.
 

jimcrook

New Member
Mar 30, 2020
26
Washington State
Naw, I don't think the white paint will be an issue. I installed the Drolet Escape 1500i last year in a similarly painted brick fireplace. No issues. However, the insert's paint itself did stink for quite a while. Practically the whole heating season. This year however, no problems.
 
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