I’m reviewing options for a new stove install (and I don’t want an insert). I have narrowed it down to a Morso 7110 which would vent from the rear of the stove and then up through an existing chimney. As I looked at it, I realized I could possibly pull out the rock facade and the metal fireplace firebox and put a smallish stove (I had my eyes on the Drolet Columbia II) basically in the fireplace and vent it directly up. I have a couple questions, the first being: is this considered an alcove? Do I need to have the 7” to rear and 10” to the sides clearance listed for alcove install (assuming double walled pipe)? Or since it’s sitting in the midst of all non-combustible fireplace box, does it not matter? Second question: would it be much less efficient being set back in the chimney than my Morso idea sitting in front? Thanks!
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