This is correct ?

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Emmy21092

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Dec 24, 2021
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This is secondary combustion ? I’ve noticed when I do get it hotter these flames start then the stove really heats up! We have an Appalachian ZC Gemini XL 1996 insert I think anyway .. our cats need replacing and I have some on the way along with a gasket even still there is no smoke coming out of the chimney .. our wood is still not dry enough it’s been sitting for atleast a year so it’s working just takes a little longer to get it going

Can anyone tell me what temps are acceptable for a ZC insert I guess I’m paranoid about getting it too hot maybe I’m not getting it hot enough though ? Highest temps I’ve ever measure on the front are 450 can not access the stove top

I’ve been calling chimney people left and right to get an inspection and so far no luck guess they’re to busy right now ! From what I can tell in the manual I found and checking out the stove it appears to be installed correctly can anyone give me some tips or advice to make me feel better lol 3434B917-FF8A-4488-86BB-EE8457818098.jpeg 3FE18F1D-E16D-4596-8B1D-E14D28EED999.jpeg
 

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stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
4,617
Long Island NY
Yes, the bluish flames at the top in your movie are secondaries. That's good! They burn half-burned stuff (aka smoke), cleaning things up and providing extra heat in doing so.

How do you know you need a new cat?

(The rest i have to defer to others.)
 

Emmy21092

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Dec 24, 2021
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Em566697.
My husband took them out and cleaned them few months ago one the notched part just fell off he put them back in the best he could I’m not sure if they’ve ever been change we bought the house with the stove already installed they seem to be working decently still though figured we just go ahead and change them

I’m only getting about 4 hour burn times before reloads too don’t know if that means anything
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
28,749
central pa
Without knowing what zero clearance fireplace the stove is in or if it has a full liner installed we can't really comment on whether it's installed correctly or not
 
Oct 13, 2020
167
Quebec, Canada
The blue flames at the top are secondary's burning up some of the remaining smoke, carbons, gases etc. If you believe a cat converter is damaged in someway it absolutely should be changed up for a new cat unit in order to get maximum performance from your stove. I agree it does look like a curious install.
 
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bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
28,749
central pa
I am no expert but it looks like somebody stuck an insert inside a zero clearance ??? Am I seeing things?
Yes that's what I see as well
 

Emmy21092

New Member
Dec 24, 2021
7
Em566697.
I’m not sure what yall mean ?
It’s a zero clearance insert I will attach a photo of the outside

If there is something not done correctly please let me know so I can stop burning in it until I can get someone out here it’s been in here for a few years

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