Dave Miller

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  • in reply to: Largest gas fireplace insert #2797

    Dave Miller
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    You really need to go to a local store if you have a large fireplace as you might have to go custom

    in reply to: Guest Posts? #692

    Dave Miller
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    Hey jadmac, we do, but only quality posts, what topic were you thinking about writing about?

    in reply to: Who makes the best fireplace insert? #613

    Dave Miller
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    This is a difficult question to answer, but I’ll try. Timberwolf, Vogelzang are both great brands offering great value for money, very few service issues and a great blower.

    If I had to pick just one, it would probably be the Vogelzang Colonial Wood Stove Insert, great price, stunning design and EPA certified!


    Dave Miller
    Keymaster

    First things first give you stove a good cleaning, remove all the ash from the ash pot and chambers, clean out all the venting – everything!

    Next check that the doors are sealed and shut as most stoves have negative air, meaning that the firebox is vacuumed. So if you don’t have it sealed shut you will have a very weak flame.

    These are the first things you should investigate, let me know if it helps or not.

    in reply to: Stove door won't clean #596

    Dave Miller
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    Switch your stove off until its cool and ready to clean. Once ready, soak some old newspaper in warm water and then using ash from your ash pan, mix it with some vinegar rub it onto the glass and it should remove the marks no problem.

    in reply to: Moving heat to other side of the house? #571

    Dave Miller
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    You need to get yourself some stove fans to blow that air around, depending on the layout of your property, depends where you would install them. All you can do is experiment with different positions and record the thermostat results each time.

    in reply to: Best Wood to Burn on a stove? #555

    Dave Miller
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    Your biggest concern is sourcing the area, I would o with whichever hard wood you find easiest to get in your locality. The reason hardwoods burn better is that they are more dense, therefore combust for longer and have little water content.

    in reply to: Stove Smoke Problem #554

    Dave Miller
    Keymaster

    Hmmm, I would consider installing a seal on the cleanout door that connects your stove to the outside vent. Also, you might want to think about putting a breaker on the circuit.

    in reply to: Stove Vs Insert? #537

    Dave Miller
    Keymaster

    I suspect that a wood burner with a decent fan blasting that heat around may do a better job in an open planned space. An insert built into the chimney and masonry work does a fantastic job in a normal house as the heat is conducted into the walls. However, as this isn’t your situation you can’t take advantage of this, so I would opt for a stove if I was you.

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