Expert advice on wood burning insert needed

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Jobert

New Member
Sep 30, 2020
4
Maryland
Project- replacing old Buck stove/insert with modern flush medium insert in existing open-sided fireplace. Square footage 1800 sq ft(adjusted for high celings); chimney ht-19-20' from floor. Climate--midAtlantic-U.S.
Main limitation is 22.5 inch opening and desire to keep face place to 24" for aesthetic reason.

Options-Supreme Fusion 18
pro- nice window
con -smaller fire box

Lopi Medium Flush Fire
Pro-big glass window, good sized fire box especially for longer logs
Con- expensive-approx. $1,500 more than the other options

Regency 2700 -not an option-won't fit, & required surround too high

Pacific Energy Neo 2.5 insert
pros- deeper firebox
cons -mixed reviews

The Lopi and PE would be through retailers and their subbed installers.

What do you guys think/suggest?

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EbS-P

Minister of Fire
Jan 19, 2019
2,704
SE North Carolina
You don’t have to install the surround. I might inquire what the inserts look like without the surround.

Very unique! I like it.

I would suggest an insulated liner. What size is the flue?

Lopi and PE both have decent reputations.

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bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
28,734
central pa
Most surrounds can also just be cut down as well
 

EbS-P

Minister of Fire
Jan 19, 2019
2,704
SE North Carolina
The flue is approx . 9"x 14". Thanks for the insulated liner suggestion.
You have the space there is no reason not to do it. Will you be installing yourself?
 

Caw

Minister of Fire
May 26, 2020
1,277
Massachusetts
I also enjoy the no surround look I just wish the chimney connector pipe was black. It's kind of an eyesore being metallic colored. Wife said she would keep ot this way if the pipe were black. I thought about painting it but I'm not sure how well that would hold up.

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marty319

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2014
520
Belair mb
I also enjoy the no surround look I just wish the chimney connector pipe was black. It's kind of an eyesore being metallic colored. Wife said she would keep ot this way if the pipe were black. I thought about painting it but I'm not sure how well that would hold up.

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Don't see much big galoute slobber on there.
 

Caw

Minister of Fire
May 26, 2020
1,277
Massachusetts
Ahh yes that's because I have it covered up 24/7 for dog protection. I took the towel off for the pic lol.

What do you guys think about spray painting the liner pipe with the same stove spray paint I use on the stove?

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bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
28,734
central pa
I also enjoy the no surround look I just wish the chimney connector pipe was black. It's kind of an eyesore being metallic colored. Wife said she would keep ot this way if the pipe were black. I thought about painting it but I'm not sure how well that would hold up.

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Just get a piece of 8" snap together pipe cut it to length and put it around that 6"
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
93,868
South Puget Sound, WA
Looks like the flue connection would be cleaner and better seated with a 15º elbow.

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EbS-P

Minister of Fire
Jan 19, 2019
2,704
SE North Carolina
Just get a piece of 8" snap together pipe cut it to length and put it around that 6"
I’ve got my piece of 8” but haven’t put it up yet. I need to drill it for the damper and maybe extend the damper rod.
 

Caw

Minister of Fire
May 26, 2020
1,277
Massachusetts
Just get a piece of 8" snap together pipe cut it to length and put it around that 6"
Good idea. I might have to cut a but of the top/back away so it'll sit flush but that's easy. You wouldn't see it anyways. It could just rest on the jacket, right? I don't see any issues with that.

Looks like the flue connection would be cleaner and better seated with a 15º elbow.

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Probably. If I ever have any reason to disconnect I'll swap it out. When the stove was installed I was true stove greenhorn so I just went along with what the installers and inspectors said. I had it looked at recently by my sweep when he did my end of year and it was solid so I'm going to leave it be for now.