first time stove purchase - quad 3100i

hdg13June 5, 2009

so....i've been looking into wood stove inserts for about a year.

i've never owned one so the only stuff i know is from reading sites like this and looking at them in stores.

last week a used 3100i showed up on craigslist and i picked it up for $75.

it is showing some surface rust from sitting outside for a week & a couple bricks are cracked in the back (but not crumbled).

no blower.

who has one of these?

it appears to have a set of tubes running horizontally across the firebox. on top of these tubes is a ~1/2" thick, brick (fire box brick) like board with what appears to be fiberglass insulation (????) on top.

what is this stuff? it was the last thing i was expecting to see inside the stove. it appeared to be designed into the stove but i can't imagine it would not melt during a firing of the stove.

anyone know what i'm describing???

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What you have is an EPA rated stove. The tube you see has holes in it so the air is never completely shut off. On the outside of the stove sould be small holes. Air enters the holes from the outside, enters the tube and works its magic on the fire. The stove doesn't get so hot it will melt the steel. It's a "secondary combustion chamber" that burns off smoke which is really unburned fuel (HEAT). And less smoke goes up the chimney.

That insulation isn't fiberglass but ceramic. It's called "Kaowool" and is indeed insulation. Don't discard it.

If you're going to install it into an existing fireplace you'll need a liner for the chimney. The stove needs a 6" flue to operate properly and most fireplaces have an 8" flue.

But if I were you I would have the stove inspected. Make sure all the parts of the stove are OK and there are no cracks in the stove itself. If the stove is steel they can be welded easily, and if the stove is cast iron you need to look for broken sections. Don't install it until you're sure all is in working order.

Also look online to see how big the stove is. Not dimensionally but how big an area it's intended to heat. If it's designed to heat 2,000 sq ft and you want to use it in the family room only, it's too big! You'll have open windows all winter. Or you'll have small fires that build up creosote. And that's a chimney fire waiting to happen.

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