Progress Hybrid Install Question

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progress_stover

New Member
Apr 1, 2022
2
Boston, MA
Hey All! Just recently joined this forum and this is my first post. Heard about the Progress Hybrid here (and so much other wonderful advice!), which led to me purchasing one. As shown below, we recently had it installed last week, replacing an old VC 1977 Vigilant that came with the house. We are so pleased with the stove and can't wait to get some more use of it next winter.

I did have one concern with the way it was installed. The installers had to remove an old 8" thimble and drill out some bricks to get the liner to pass through. They came back to finish the job (work is shown in pics below) and it seems that they didn't install an actual thimble ring as we had before with the VC stove--they merely cemented around the liner directly and threw on a cheap metal ring. Is this appropriate? Can the chimney cement be in direct contact with the liner connection like this? I'm worried that the expansion of the pipe (when heated) will cause the cement to crumble.

Stove 2.jpg Stove 1.jpg
 

DuaeGuttae

Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2016
1,291
Texas
It looks like a beautiful stove. I don’t know anything about your thimble/ring question, but I thought I’d just bump this back to the top and call the real experts for you. @bholler , @begreen ?
 

DuaeGuttae

Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2016
1,291
Texas
I thought I’d try bumping this again.
 

fire_man

Minister of Fire
Feb 6, 2009
2,664
North Eastern MA
I don't see how the cement matters as long as the liner is continuous to the top but you prompted the right experts for an answer.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
93,152
South Puget Sound, WA
A 3/8" stove rope gasket would provide a more flexible seal to address the concerns. If the cement does crumble out, then replace it with this.

How do you clean the flue with this setup?
 

progress_stover

New Member
Apr 1, 2022
2
Boston, MA
Gotcha. Thanks for your reply @begreen! I haven't cleaned the flue yet, as we only just installed the stove a few weeks ago. But I'm thinking of placing some furniture slider pads under the feet, sliding the stove forward, then cleaning bottom up with a sooteater. Any ideas for making this easier??
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
93,152
South Puget Sound, WA
Personally, I think I wouldn't have bricked up the area behind the stove and instead left it open or with a removable cover. That would permit a tee with a clean-out cap. This is a heavy stove so frequent moves seem like a pain.
 

fire_man

Minister of Fire
Feb 6, 2009
2,664
North Eastern MA
Personally, I think I wouldn't have bricked up the area behind the stove and instead left it open or with a removable cover. That would permit a tee with a clean-out cap. This is a heavy stove so frequent moves seem like a pain.
If it were me, that is exactly what I would do, even if it meant extending the Hearth.