removal of fireplace damper to install stove pipe for insert?

mssparkyDecember 14, 2007

I have a used HP40 Earthstove that I am atempting to install in my fireplace. The stovepipe is abt 4.5" in diameter, and will not fit past the damper in the fireplace.

How can I remove the damper? There would then be enough clearance to run the stove pipe, I think.

Do I just cut it out? If I did, could a replacement damper be put in later if desired?

Help! I'm freezing, and need to get this stove going!

Am low income, have skills, time, but no money to install.

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If you want to keep the option to use the fireplace later then you can just remove the damper. They're usually held together with a cotter pin to the damper handle. But, fireplaces have big flues. If you try to put a 4.5 inch pipe into a 12x12 chimney you are asking for trouble. You'll want to re-line the chimney and then put a metal block-off plate either over the stove or at the damper.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2007 at 6:50AM
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