Zero Clearance ?s

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DMiller304

New Member
Aug 31, 2021
12
WV
New here and thanks for having me!! Have a couple questions on a zero clearance insert. I only have a 25" depth on a new construction home and was wondering what stoves would fit that measurement? I've been hunting around and can find some in that range but don't know for sure if they're ZC on not (don't want to burn the house down). I ran across this forum in my searching and hope you all could help. Thanks for all your help in advance!!
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
25,475
central pa
New here and thanks for having me!! Have a couple questions on a zero clearance insert. I only have a 25" depth on a new construction home and was wondering what stoves would fit that measurement? I've been hunting around and can find some in that range but don't know for sure if they're ZC on not (don't want to burn the house down). I ran across this forum in my searching and hope you all could help. Thanks for all your help in advance!!
Ok to clarify do you want a new zero clearance fireplace? Or do you want an insert to go in an existing zero clearance fireplace?
 
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DMiller304

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Aug 31, 2021
12
WV
This is what I’m working with, I’d like a wood burning fireplace that would fit without burning down my house.

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bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
25,475
central pa
This is what I’m working with, I’d like a wood burning fireplace that would fit without burning down my house.

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Ok so you need a zero clearance fireplace of some sort. Are you looking for heat or just aesthetics?

Regardless most of that framing will need pulled out and framed to spec for the fireplace you pick
 

DMiller304

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Aug 31, 2021
12
WV
I was thinking I’d probably have to do some reframing of some sort. I’d like to have one that has a blower and puts off some type of heat. It’s not going to be my main source of eat but if I have a fire I’d like to recoup some of the heat from it.
 
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bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
25,475
central pa
I was thinking I’d probably have to do some reframing of some sort. I’d like to have one that has a blower and puts off some type of heat. It’s not going to be my main source of eat but if I have a fire I’d like to recoup some of the heat from it.
In that case you will want a high efficiency EPA certified firrplace
 

john26

Minister of Fire
Oct 27, 2008
542
Wildwood MO
Keep in mind that fireplace has a catalyst in it a few others to look at are Pacific Energy, Quadrafire, Valcourt and Osburn those are non catalyst tube type stoves.
 

DMiller304

New Member
Aug 31, 2021
12
WV
Thanks. Yes those types sound to be a little more user friendly (especially for wife) than the catalyst type. Thanks again for reply!!
 

DMiller304

New Member
Aug 31, 2021
12
WV
Do you know of any other manufacturers that produce a non catalytic zero clearance stove? Thanks for all your help in advance!!
 

bholler

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Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
25,475
central pa
Do you know of any other manufacturers that produce a non catalytic zero clearance stove? Thanks for all your help in advance!!
I wouldn't be scared of a fireplace with a cat. They aren't any harder to operate. The only downside is the added cost of periodic cat replacement
 

DMiller304

New Member
Aug 31, 2021
12
WV
How often do they need replaced? Are there measures that can prolong the life of or things that can make it go out premature? Don’t know much about.
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
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Jan 14, 2014
25,475
central pa
How often do they need replaced? Are there measures that can prolong the life of or things that can make it go out premature? Don’t know much about.
10000 to 15000 hours of burning
 

begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,522
South Puget Sound, WA
If considering a cat fireplace, look at the Astria Montecito Estate (aka Superior WCT6940WS). This is the only ZC fireplace that qualifies for the 26% tax credit, which is on the entire intallation. This is a large fireplace, how large of an area would it be heating?
 

DMiller304

New Member
Aug 31, 2021
12
WV
That’s quit a few hours of burning. Since this is a secondary source of heat that should take while. I’ll check the estate out because I like the credit idea. As far as area to be heated would not be a lot maybe 2k sq ft or so.
 

NickW

Minister of Fire
Oct 16, 2019
520
SE WI
Attached is a photo of my Osburn Strattford II just installed in new construction. R.O. 24 7/8"d x 37 3/4"w x 41 5/8"h. Note the steel studs above. 20210903_184811.jpg
 

Goose52

Member
Apr 28, 2014
13
NE WI
Do you know of any other manufacturers that produce a non catalytic zero clearance stove? Thanks for all your help in advance!!
Here is a link to the place where I bought my zero clearance fireplace that lists and has info on a number of different units from different manufacturers. After reading some threads on this site, visiting the showroom, and examining my finances, I went with the Kozy Heat listed at that link. Would i prefer a Quadrafire or similar high end fireplace? Definitely. But at twice the cost? During the winter I have been running the unit pretty much 24/7 for the past 6 years in northern WI and have no complaints.
 

DMiller304

New Member
Aug 31, 2021
12
WV
Nick w, I’ll definitely look into that I like that idea directly around fireplace.

Goose52, thanks so much for that link!!!
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
89,522
South Puget Sound, WA
Nick w, I’ll definitely look into that I like that idea directly around fireplace.

Goose52, thanks so much for that link!!!
That's a good start. They offer a wide spectrum of choices.