Newbie whose getting ready to install his own wood stove insert

Michaellamberth

New Member
Sep 20, 2019
7
Missouri
I’m pulling out my pellet stove insert and going to buy a wood stove insert. However, my fireplace has three blower pipes that will keep keep me from putting pipes for the insert in. What are my options?
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
78,577
South Puget Sound, WA
Is this a prefab Zero Clearance fireplace or is it more of a heatform (heatilator) style fireplace with a masonry chimney? Pictures are welcome.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
78,577
South Puget Sound, WA
Looks like a heatform style fireplace. The middle tube will need to be cut out.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
78,577
South Puget Sound, WA
The insert will be much more efficient and will not suck air and warmth out of the room the way a fireplace will as it is cooling down. However, once that tube is cut the fireplace will be unusable as a fireplace unless that tube is welded shut with a cover plate.
 

Woody Stover

Minister of Fire
Dec 25, 2010
10,638
Southern IN
What if I I just decided to use the fireplace? Which would technically save the heat more a fire place or a stove?
An insert will be much more efficient at putting heat into the room, and with a big window you will still be able to enjoy a nice view of the fire.
 

Michaellamberth

New Member
Sep 20, 2019
7
Missouri
A couple more questions. With in those pictures, you can see that the current pipe for the pellet stove has to curve around this steel barrier for the fireplace blowers. Does all that have to come out? Also, somebody told me that piping has to go all the way to the top of the fireplace. Is that true?
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
18,638
central pa
A couple more questions. With in those pictures, you can see that the current pipe for the pellet stove has to curve around this steel barrier for the fireplace blowers. Does all that have to come out? Also, somebody told me that piping has to go all the way to the top of the fireplace. Is that true?
You need to cut out enough to fit a flexible 6" liner down through that area. All of them that I have done have enough room without cutting any more than a tube or 2. But yours may be different. I also rivet sheet metal over the holes left by the cut tube to stop airflow.

And yes the liner needs to go all the way up.