Just came across this thread. If you haven't already removed those linoleum tiles on the floor, I discovered a trick for them on my old house.Behold!
Awesome! Can't wait to see pics. We are picking out a piece of soap stone for our hearth, so I'm curios to see how the Bluestone comes out.The update....
Settled on the FPX Flush large, and found a local installer in December.
I pulled out the old stove and direct connect, and a sweep came and took a look. He said it was clean as a whistle considering I burned a smoke dragon in it for 10 years without cleaning (<0.5 face cords per year). He ran a brush through it and got a cup of soot, and didn't charge me for the sweeping.
I gave the installer a 1/3rd deposit in early January, and he said they expected delivery early February, and install 3 weeks after delivery.
A month later, he slipped the delivery date to end of February (and install 3 weeks after that).... I still need to call him.
Claims a delay at Travis. I am waiting and afraid my GF and I will not get to enjoy a fire before May.
As for the tiles, they popped up easily, and I took the black stuff (asbestos mastic) off with acetone. It was a messy job, but only 2 square feet. It convinced me that i would NOT want to tackle the other 700 sq ft of tile/mastic removal myself.
On my end, I got a 50x21" bluestone slab from a local mason shop, and stuck it down in front of the opening with thinset. I got a 3/4" thick slab (which was a trick) bc I only had 1.125" to spare on the clearance to upper facing. With the thinset, I now have 0.125-0.25 greater than clearance distance. I also painted the bricks with gloss white 'engine paint' rated to 450°F. Two coats is still semi-transparent, looks like glazed ceramic bricks. The installer doesn't love the close clearance, but says its legal and he will do the install.
I will post a pic after install.
Why are they doing poured insulation? It will be leaking out constantly.Tomorrow is the big day...install. They are going to be dropping a liner, and doing poured insulation of some sort, and a soft block off to keep that stuff in until it sets.
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I puttied and painted the wood, to match the rest of the house trim. I hit the bricks with engine enamel paint good to about 350°F, two coats is translucent and glassy, and looks like glazed bricks. Upsized the mirror and added some (fake) candles and a Limulus husk.
The bluestone raised the bottom just an inch, I've got 1/4" more than specs to the top wood facing. I have two sheets of hardibacker in the firebox to build it up to the same height. I sealed the bluestone with a penetrating, silicone-based water and oil resistant sealer.
Any advice on things I should look for or ask about on install day?
If it is to small for a wrap they certainly aren't going to get the required 1" of pour in insulation on all sides. And yes it will setup. Then bits will continuously get loosened up by the expansion and contraction of the liner and fall. Why not an oval liner?They said the terra cotta tile was too small to do a wrap...the other choice was breaking it out. I think its a mortar-perlite mix, so it should set up, but I dunno.
Interior or exterior chimney? Interior needs 2" exterior 1". Without that by code it needs to have proper insulation.Huh. The terra cotta tile is in a brick chimney that has a 1" airspace all around to framing, and which has been running a slammer coal insert for a couple decades and a direct connect for a decade more. I don't see the clearance issue.
And sweeping motion could loosen it as well...but fireplace looks great! Lot's of hard work.If it is to small for a wrap they certainly aren't going to get the required 1" of pour in insulation on all sides. And yes it will setup. Then bits will continuously get loosened up by the expansion and contraction of the liner and fall. Why not an oval liner?