Lopi fireplace insert -wood or gas???

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mlhenry1174

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Oct 12, 2021
4
Weatherford, TX
We just moved into an older home with what I think is a Lopi fireplace insert. I don't know anything about them. I "think" it's gas since it had a dial and plug but really have no idea. I went to the Lopi website to see if I could find a user manual but no luck there. Can anyone help me out with proper use, etc.? No one has lived here for years so not sure if it even works or is safe to use. Excuse the clutter in the pics. We're still unpacking!

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bholler

Chimney sweep
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Jan 14, 2014
25,670
central pa
We just moved into an older home with what I think is a Lopi fireplace insert. I don't know anything about them. I "think" it's gas since it had a dial and plug but really have no idea. I went to the Lopi website to see if I could find a user manual but no luck there. Can anyone help me out with proper use, etc.? No one has lived here for years so not sure if it even works or is safe to use. Excuse the clutter in the pics. We're still unpacking! View attachment 283222 View attachment 283224 View attachment 283231
Get a chimney professional out to clean and inspect it. And it is a wood insert
 
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MongoMongoson

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Feb 6, 2021
173
Wisconsin
The plug is probably for the blower. The dial is a speed control for the blower.
I don't know much about inserts, but it looks like you have a wood floor directly in front of the door. I think you need some kind of non-combustible hearth in front of it. Think about embers falling out when you open the door landing on the wood floor or rug.

Getting someone in there who can tell you if it is safe, like bholler suggested, is the right thing to do. They can tell you what you need to do or change.
 
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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
89,794
South Puget Sound, WA
The hearth for this fireplace is a red flag. It looks to be inadequate for the fireplace and it's totally shy for the Lopi wood insert. Don't burn in the stove until it the chimney and stove have been inspected by a professional sweep. The first thing they should check is whether there is a full liner on this insert.

If you can post another picture of the baffle area we may be able to help more with the ID. It looks like the predecessor to the Liberty, but I am unsure without seeing if it has secondary tubes and the firebrick baffle.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
89,794
South Puget Sound, WA
As you can see, there is no protection for the floor at all in front of the stove. That needs to be remedied. Can you take a picture of the interior of the stove, with the camera down low, looking up at the interior roof of the stove? That is the baffle area.
 

mlhenry1174

New Member
Oct 12, 2021
4
Weatherford, TX
As you can see, there is no protection for the floor at all in front of the stove. That needs to be remedied. Can you take a picture of the interior of the stove, with the camera down low, looking up at the interior roof of the stove? That is the baffle area.
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Definitely needs cleaning!!!
 

john26

Minister of Fire
Oct 27, 2008
566
Wildwood MO
That insert would not be worth the price of parts or the labor. I would look for a modern insert and correct the hearth.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
89,794
South Puget Sound, WA
Thanks for posting. This is an early Lopi with the baffle is missing. Moving the thread to the classics forum.