New Kozy Heat Z42 Install (Thanks Hearth.com!)

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Johnald32

New Member
May 14, 2017
4
Lothian, MD
This is my first post to Hearth.com. We just had our new Kozy Heat Z42CD ZC fireplace installed, and I figured I'd post some pictures and info for the benefit of the group. We had it installed to replace a prefab junk ZC fireplace (not sure the brand - possibly a Heatilator) I think I've read every thread on this site that mentions the Z42. The information I've gleaned from everyone on this site has been incredibly helpful in helping us choose to go with the Kozy, and to stick with our choice when others were trying to sell us on other stoves. We haven't had our first fire yet (its May - perfect timing!), but I'll follow up in the Fall with some reviews once we start using the thing. For now, time to find a wood splitter and start seasoning some wood.

Some details on the install: We went with the CD model with the fans in the firebox, but opted not to use the optional duct punch outs. We bought the stove from Ace Home and Leisure for around $2500. Their quote on the piping, installation, and hearth work was out-freaking-rageous (around 7K!!). This was almost a hard stop for us on getting the stove, but luckily we found a firefighter right down the road who has a side-business doing stoves, and he did all of it for about another $2500 (piping, chase cover, install, hearth work).

I've read a lot about the pros and cons of the stove, and am anxious to see how it goes. If anyone that has posted about the Z42 in the past is reading this, thank you! Hopefully my post helps some folks in the future.
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prezes13

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2014
936
Connecticut
Looks nice. Wonder how well will it work as far as heating your house.
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
30,252
central pa
How much space is between the top of the surround and the mantle? It looks pretty tight but it could just be the picture
 

mminor

Member
Sep 11, 2015
142
Long Island NY
Congrats - your install looks great - you should be proud! I've read nothing but good things about the Z42 - I'm certain you're going to love it.

Matt
 

olsonbri

Member
Jan 24, 2011
75
Stillwater, OK
This is my first post to Hearth.com. We just had our new Kozy Heat Z42CD ZC fireplace installed, and I figured I'd post some pictures and info for the benefit of the group. We had it installed to replace a prefab junk ZC fireplace (not sure the brand - possibly a Heatilator) I think I've read every thread on this site that mentions the Z42. The information I've gleaned from everyone on this site has been incredibly helpful in helping us choose to go with the Kozy, and to stick with our choice when others were trying to sell us on other stoves. We haven't had our first fire yet (its May - perfect timing!), but I'll follow up in the Fall with some reviews once we start using the thing. For now, time to find a wood splitter and start seasoning some wood.

Some details on the install: We went with the CD model with the fans in the firebox, but opted not to use the optional duct punch outs. We bought the stove from Ace Home and Leisure for around $2500. Their quote on the piping, installation, and hearth work was out-freaking-rageous (around 7K!!). This was almost a hard stop for us on getting the stove, but luckily we found a firefighter right down the road who has a side-business doing stoves, and he did all of it for about another $2500 (piping, chase cover, install, hearth work).

I've read a lot about the pros and cons of the stove, and am anxious to see how it goes. If anyone that has posted about the Z42 in the past is reading this, thank you! Hopefully my post helps some folks in the future.
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Hi Johnald32, we're finally trying to finish out our Z42 with a surround. Would you mind providing details on where you got your white surround as seen in the last pic? Looks great! Thanks much!
 

Ludlow

Minister of Fire
Jun 4, 2018
1,437
PA
Hi Johnald32, we're finally trying to finish out our Z42 with a surround. Would you mind providing details on where you got your white surround as seen in the last pic? Looks great! Thanks much!

I believe that was the old unit/surround. Probably site built out of standard 1 by pine and mouldings.
 

olsonbri

Member
Jan 24, 2011
75
Stillwater, OK
I believe that was the old unit/surround. Probably site built out of standard 1 by pine and mouldings.
Ahh, thanks for the reply. We have a very wide grey brick structure the Z42 sits in, with black granite as the hearth. Open to any ideas. Wife wants faux marble surround.
 

RJM6623

New Member
Dec 7, 2021
5
Central Ohio
This is my first post to Hearth.com. We just had our new Kozy Heat Z42CD ZC fireplace installed, and I figured I'd post some pictures and info for the benefit of the group. We had it installed to replace a prefab junk ZC fireplace (not sure the brand - possibly a Heatilator) I think I've read every thread on this site that mentions the Z42. The information I've gleaned from everyone on this site has been incredibly helpful in helping us choose to go with the Kozy, and to stick with our choice when others were trying to sell us on other stoves. We haven't had our first fire yet (its May - perfect timing!), but I'll follow up in the Fall with some reviews once we start using the thing. For now, time to find a wood splitter and start seasoning some wood.

Some details on the install: We went with the CD model with the fans in the firebox, but opted not to use the optional duct punch outs. We bought the stove from Ace Home and Leisure for around $2500. Their quote on the piping, installation, and hearth work was out-freaking-rageous (around 7K!!). This was almost a hard stop for us on getting the stove, but luckily we found a firefighter right down the road who has a side-business doing stoves, and he did all of it for about another $2500 (piping, chase cover, install, hearth work).

I've read a lot about the pros and cons of the stove, and am anxious to see how it goes. If anyone that has posted about the Z42 in the past is reading this, thank you! Hopefully my post helps some folks in the future.
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I am in this situation now in terms of replacing my junk ZC Heailtor with a REAL ZC. I have the Kozy 42 on my shortlist and came across your post.
After a few years, how do you like this unit? Any second thoughts on the not using the zone heat option? That is most certainly something i'd consider to get heat into adjacent room.
Thanks!