SF3100

Gcj Posted By Gcj, Mar 7, 2019 at 7:28 PM

  1. Gcj

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    Just want to thank everyone who weighed in concerning my issues with my 4mth old Shelter 3100. I spent hours researching a stove that would work for my home. I thought I found it with this model. I am extremely disappointed with the problems I am having. However, they are paying to have the cracks welded and replacing the side walls that warped.
    Thanks again
     
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  3. maple1

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    Hmmm, yes - what are they doing to try to ensure it doesn't happen again?

    Having you remove your pipe damper sure wouldn't be it, that would be worsening the situation.
     
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  4. Mrpelletburner

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    Any chance you can describe your chimney?

    Location? Middle of the house or on an outside wall?

    Did you have a stainless steal liner installed? If so is it insulated (doesn’t have to be insulated, just asking)

    What is the height of the chimney?

    Can you post a photo of your stove pipe setup from the rear of the unit to the chimney?

    I am asking as these details are only going to help the folks on the forum to help others that own this unit and having the same issue. I have noticed that to many folks show up, ask some great questions, but never report back.

    My FC1500 (Fire Chief version of what you have) cracked and I had the option of having the unit welded or replaced. I decided to have the unit replaced as once you have developed a crack, it is the microscopic cracks you do not see and the heat/stress has now permanently changed the characteristics of the firebox.
     
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  5. Mrpelletburner

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    Have you looked at the primary air inlets located in the bottom front? Should be 4 or 5 oval inlet holes. At the holes warped or split open?

    I have a couple that are warped open, 1 cracked and the whole tube looks rusted.

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  6. Mrpelletburner

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    FYI... have them ship all 3 sides and new bolts for the rear panel. I have a new FC1500 sitting here and discovered you have to remove the rear panel in order to remove the side panels.

    FWIW the 3 panels cost about $120.
     
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  7. Gcj

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    I was told that once I removed them from the tracks I would be able to pull them out diagonally through the door.
     
  8. Mrpelletburner

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    That sounds correct.

    I was trying to remove them from the new unit to see what is behind them, if anything. Maybe when I have more time, I will remove the back and sides to inspect.

    In the end, I wish they had more “how to” videos regarding the unit as their install video is not that great.
     
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  9. Gcj

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    Here are some pictures. I also a HVAC hooked it up to my cold air return.
     

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  10. Mrpelletburner

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    Wow that is one nice install!

    I have a cardboard setup that pulls return air from the basement ceiling... yup Mickey Mouse (no duct tape)
     
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  11. Gcj

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    I wasn't going to do it that way, but I thought it would be more efficient. What a waste!!
     

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