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Wall is hot

Posted by salbwil (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 23, 14 at 14:22

We have a declaration insert installed in an old heatilator type fireplace and this past winter I noticed that the wall above the fireplace was quite hot during burns. Is this normal ? We also have a great deal of cold air coming in between the stove and the hearth, almost a wind . Any suggestions here are most welcome and thank you.

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RE: Wall is hot

I would have someone look at it before next winter. By hot, do you mean warm, or hot hot?

This may surprise some people but if the surrounding area gets too warm, over time the wood can dry out and a simple thing like a nail overheating can cause the wood to ignite.

The one thing that comes to my alleged mind is the insert rated for a zero clearance fireplace like the Heatilator?

RE: Wall is hot

The heatilator is installed into brick like a regular fireplace and had a regular clay flue . But in the years since the house was built, the flue collapsed and we then decided to put in the stove with its own corrugated flue all the way to the top of the chimney. The thing that troubles me is the mason that built the fireplace and chimney had problems with other jobs he did ( obviously this came out years later) . Also, is there a way to keep the cold air from coming into the room from between the stove bottom and the hearth .

RE: Wall is hot

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