Honey Bear ? Fisher insert

Marj Posted By Marj, Jul 6, 2012 at 10:35 PM

  1. Marj

    New Member 2.

    Jul 6, 2012
    We are swapping woodburning stoves with our son. He has what I believe to be a Honey bear insert (see photo). We will be inserting into an existing firebox (see photo).
    Our questions are:
    1. how much of it goes into the firebox? It looks like there is an outer shell with some screw holes in it, does it only go in that far? or does it go as far in back as the box will accommodate?
    2. where can we acquire the flashing for the stove?
    3. How efficient are they? We are heating our 20x24' cottage, and the stove that was there did not do it, as it was tucked into the firebox too much.
    4.How do we spruce it up? paint and elbow grease (chrome)... what kind of paint, and should we paint it outside and then light a good fire in it to eliminate the smell of the paint burning off?
    Any other suggestions are gladly accepted :-D

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  2. coaly

    Fisher Moderator 2.
    Staff Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    NE PA
    It goes into the hearth to the secondary outer box so that the open space across the top and down the sides is open to the hearth front. Only the lower top surface sticks out from the hearth face. (finished hearth face even with outer shell edge)

    A blower was available, but an original will be hard to find today. Any fan that can blow into the air space around the stove at the bottom will force the heated air out across the top.

    The original flashing kit is another hard to find item. Sheet steel painted black is all that is required. If you're going to brick face the hearth, face right up to the insert outer shell, leaving the air space between stove body and shell open.

    It appears to be brass and glass in your pictures.

    If it needs paint, Stove Bright Satin Black will give the original look.

    After painting, wipe the brass raised areas with mineral spirits to remove the freshly dried paint.

    Polish with any good brass polish. I prefer Maas Metal Polish since it can be used on any precious or semi precious metals, jewelry, fiberglass, glass....... It leaves a protectant to prevent frequent polishing.
    The raised area around the glass is usually brass plated as well. Some are not. Check this glass border with polish before painting so you know if you should leave it painted, or remove the paint. (polish will rub th epaint off down to cast iron if it's not brass plated like the doors shown below)

    Left door painted.JPG Polishing inner edge left door.JPG Right door almost done.JPG

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