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replacing existing fireplace with woodstove question????

Posted by omapackhouse (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 6, 08 at 21:31

Hello All...I sure hope someone can help me with this. We are trying to get ready for winter by replacing some windows and our fireplace. I am looking to close it up and put a circulating heater called the "wonderwood" in, (you can see a picture by going to Anyway, I don't know what I need to do to close it up and make it useable with this stove. I can't seem to get answers from the sales people at the store and can't find anyone here in NC that knows what they are doing. What we have right now is a "heatalator" insert, basically a fireplace with a blower. The problem is, when we pull that insert out, the firebrick comes too because it is all one unit. Can I just take that out and close the fireplace up, put the stove on the hearth and make a hole for the pipe to run into the existing chimney? It does have a triple line stack up the chimney already.
Any help is desparately needed, the work is starting Tuesday!!!
Thanks in advance!

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RE: replacing existing fireplace with woodstove question????

If you're putting a woodstove into the fireplace make sure the chimney is correct! The fireplace has an 8 inch chimney and the stove probably has a 6 inch. You MUST have the correct chimney! You will need a liner installed. Without it you won't get a good enough draft.
Who is doing the installation? Are you having it done by a professional? Because if not, you homeowner's insurance will not be happy and MAY not cover you in the event of a fire. A pro can supply the insurance company with the necessary documents assuring them of a code approved installation.
I wish you well and good luck.

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