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I picked up a wood burning insert for my fireplace
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MacNNFamous
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Sep 17, 2020, 04:48 PM
 
and I am SO EXCITED.

With covid and working from home, I was kind of dreading this winter's heating bills. My fireplace is especially small, so finding an insert was a challenge, but I happened upon one on FB marketplace. $250, originally $2700 5 years ago. Already disassembled, repainted w high temp stove paint, and ordered a drop in chimney liner. The side of my place is pretty well stocked w firewood, though it's unsplit at the moment.

CANT WAIT! Won't replace the furnace, but should supplement it a huge amount. STOKED! LITERALLY! ha
     
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Sep 18, 2020, 11:18 AM
 
congrats! we had a wood stove growing up, it's a nice smell.
     
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Sep 18, 2020, 01:07 PM
 
I have a massive fireplace. I actually want to build a wood fired pizza/bread oven beside the medieval grate.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Sep 22, 2020, 09:01 PM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
I have a massive fireplace. I actually want to build a wood fired pizza/bread oven beside the medieval grate.
Do you have a moat?
     
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Sep 23, 2020, 06:02 PM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
I have a massive fireplace. I actually want to build a wood fired pizza/bread oven beside the medieval grate.
Didn’t you post a picture of it awhile back?
     
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Sep 23, 2020, 06:26 PM
 
It's beginning to be the right time of year for a cozy hearth. Thank goodness I took advantage of pandemic downtime and got the chimney cleaned and the unused flu disabled. Which reminds me he recommended replacing the chimney cap... home ownership is grand.
     
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Sep 23, 2020, 07:37 PM
 
Originally Posted by MacNNFamous View Post
Do you have a moat?
I do not. Your garage is probably bigger than my entire house. My house is just old.I actually have three fireplaces though one is bricked up entirely and another hasn't been used in nearly 30 years.


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Didn’t you post a picture of it awhile back?
Possibly.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Sep 23, 2020, 07:46 PM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
Possibly.
If I’m remembering right, it was pretty magnificent.
     
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Sep 24, 2020, 05:18 AM
 
I'll take another one if I ever get the time to tidy it up.
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Sep 24, 2020, 09:08 PM
 
Pics or it didn't happen.

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Sep 25, 2020, 07:48 PM
 
Originally Posted by turtle777 View Post
Pics or it didn't happen.

-t
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Sep 26, 2020, 05:53 AM
 
I need to do a lot of cleaning before I share any photos of it.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Sep 26, 2020, 07:48 PM
 
When the pandemic hit we all thought we were going to have sparkling houses and superorganized closets. Turns out netflix and video games are a thing.
     
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Sep 27, 2020, 07:35 AM
 
That has always been the case for me.
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Sep 28, 2020, 02:25 PM
 
I'd like to have frittered away my "out of work" time by bingeing. Too bad I didn't get any of that...

Anyway, a bit of advice before starting that wood burning: get the flue professionally checked. A full-on check of a fireplace, including that the flue isn't blocked and that it still draws properly will keep you from having the room fill with smoke. Or carbon monoxide.

Glenn -----OTR/L, MOT, Tx
     
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Oct 2, 2020, 08:49 PM
 
I had it checked when I moved in, and it was a POS. They wanted money to smooth out hte smoke box and do a bunch of other stuff. I'm sawzalling off the damper, and doing a double walled insulated drop in chinney liner from the roof, and attaching that directly to the insert. Also fabricated an aluminum and rockwool blockoff plate to seal it up nicely. Have a whole roll of rockwool, so probably going to toss it down from the top before I install the cap.

GETTING STOKED!
     
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Oct 2, 2020, 10:28 PM
 
Get yourself a toasting fork.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Oct 3, 2020, 11:29 AM
 
Reworked is probably a touch better than just “checked out.” Sounds like you’re on track for a toasty experience. I second the toasting fork. And if you can find them, those “cheese sandwich toaster” gadgets are cool too. Go with the wire type, instead of the cast iron type - it’s a lot more fun toasting an open cage with a sammich in it than holding it in a long handled Dutch oven...

Glenn -----OTR/L, MOT, Tx
     
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Oct 3, 2020, 11:51 AM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
Get yourself a toasting fork.
Pfft. Luxury. In my day, we just unbent a coat hanger and we were grateful for it.
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Oct 6, 2020, 05:47 PM
 
These are awesome. extendable, rotating, etc:
https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/41076
     
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Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
These are awesome. extendable, rotating, etc:
https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/41076
Link isn't working properly for me. Item not found.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Oct 6, 2020, 11:51 PM
 
Maybe a GDPR issue?

     
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Oct 7, 2020, 05:24 AM
 
GDPR is all about personal data. More likely they just don't sell them here or something like that.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Oct 14, 2020, 10:31 AM
 
Tested the fireplace monday, it was rainy and dreary. No backflow smoke in the house (so basement flue closure is good), flue opened and closed, nice clean fire, perhaps some annoyed spiders. All set for winter now.
     
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Oct 14, 2020, 06:13 PM
 
Same. First burn a few days ago, offgasing from the paint was kind of bad. Today is the first day with teh blower. Supposed to be below freezing tonight. Going to keep er movin.
     
   
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