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  1. bfast250

    FP 30 Getting ready for install

    I built my hearth so that it was 3" lower than the bottom of the lower grill. My thinking is that it would pull less dust/ash that way and I preferred that look as well. I used steel studs and stone for the hearth. The steel studs + durock + stone hearth slab we're the perfect height. The...
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    Size of splits

    Can't comment on the drying speed of maple, but your split size looks good to me. I avoid triangles as much as possible. I like to split everything as flat/square as possible. Can't avoid them entirely, but all of my triangles are very small and essentially leftover from making squares.
  3. bfast250

    Alderlea T6 maintenance checks

    I don't have the same stove, but very similar firebox. I noticed the creasote build up inside the exposed metal too. I have cleaned my chimney twice with the sooteater and had very little build up. I think it's normal. I try to keep my splits to 18" max if loading n/s. Any longer than that and...
  4. bfast250

    FP30 burn cycle and air question

    I tried to get a pic, but I couldn't get any angles where it showed the placement. Get a small flashlight and look for a hole about 1" or so on the bottom of the box where the air control ends. As you close the air lever the hole gets covered up, but there is a metal tab that prevents it from...
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    FP30 burn cycle and air question

    I have noticed the same characteristics documented in this thread. I have done three things to slow the burn rate and keep things under control: Cut the air down sooner. This is critical if loading on an existing hot bed of coals and temps above 250 or so. Huge splits. I try to always include...
  6. bfast250

    pacific energy fp30 install

    Fantastic transformation of that room. You are going to love the heat! I really like your choice of mantles and stone color. The craftsman surround really adds to the character too. Well done!
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    New PE FP30 with questions.

    I am by no means a professional, but having anything combustible in that area above the unit would scare me. I believe the manual specifically calls this out. I am not trying to be a pain. I hate to see anyone get hurt is all.
  8. bfast250

    New PE FP30 with questions.

    Is that wood framing just above and to the right front of the unit in your first picture? Where the metal studs used above the unit?
  9. bfast250

    Zero Clearance Questions

    @Fisherman85 - I contemplated this same question/situation. I ended up installing my zero clearance fireplace myself and am very glad I did. Take your time and ask questions if you aren't sure. I am not in the construction trade. I had never tackled a project this big. Just giving you some...
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    PE FP 30 questions; saydinli mcdougy bfast250 poconos53

    Sorry, Drewman. I didn't see your post in the spring. You have received a lot of good advice. I am excited to see pics of that craftsman surround! I am quite confident you will love the fp30. I did my install myself. Let me know if you have questions and I will do my best to answer them.
  11. bfast250

    New PE FP30 with Craftsman Surround

    Looks great! No OAK or is it hidden in the pic? Do you have your hearth/finishing material picked out? Keep the pics coming as you make progress!
  12. bfast250

    New PE FP30 with Craftsman Surround

    Hechlers in Troy. They were very patient with me and price was fair in my opinion.
  13. bfast250

    Zero clearance wood stove for 4000sf

    2100 sq ft with 9 ft ceilings - single story
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    Zero clearance wood stove for 4000sf

    The cold air that comes from the bottom is not that bad in my opinion. Maybe it's because I had a fire going anytime it was cold enough to be an issue...
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    New PE FP30 with Craftsman Surround

    I am very happy with mine after my first winter of burning. I averaged 4-6 hour burns due to the warm weather in Missouri. The 10hr burn time is real. Unfortunately for me that is only a few nights it was cold enough for me to pack it full of big splits of white oak. The stove loves big splits...
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    What Is In Your Stove Right Now?

    I like sassafras too. Cuts easy, dries fast, smells great. It's good stuff!
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    No real happy with electric bill and my FP30...

    Or you are paying roughly $6 per kwh and running the fan 24hrs per day.
  18. bfast250

    New Pacific Energy FP30 Installation Progress Thread

    My Mason told me 7 days minimum, but the longer the better. I think I waited 8. It was at least 14 before I brought it up to 600+ temps.
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    Looking for Guidance on Buck 74ZC in Prefab box install

    I was able to climb down in my chase for the top two 4 foot sections. The difficult part for me was tightening the locking bands. The first two sections I installed from the bottom up. It was a bit tricky getting the locking band through the firestop, but not the end of the world.
  20. bfast250

    Do I need a new baffle gasket?

    Are we talking about the fp30 or the summit? I looked today and can only see part of the gasket at the tube. I don't see a gasket gong all the way along the back of the baffle. I have the fp30. Not the summit.
  21. bfast250

    Do I need a new baffle gasket?

    Thanks for the input. I will keep an eye on it. I am shutting the air down all the way within 10-15 mins. Usually settles in at 600-700. Getting 8-9 hours with plenty of coals to relight on a reload. I love this thing!
  22. bfast250

    Do I need a new baffle gasket?

    I am getting pretty intense flames at the back of my Pacific Energy FP30. I did some searching and some threads mentioned this is a sign that there is an air leak at the baffle gasket. I don't recall seeing these intense flames earlier in the season. Do I need a new gasket? Pics aren't great...
  23. bfast250

    New RSF focus 250 zero clearance

    The vent is just a hole in the wall of the chase with a return vent cover over it. I put two 6x6 intakes (one on each side down low) and a single 6x32 up high for the exhaust.
  24. bfast250

    New RSF focus 250 zero clearance

    My fireplace did not require extra venting to cool the chase, but like you I wanted additional assurance. I added an extra intake and large exhaust in my chase. In my case the chase is interior and the exhaust is in the back side of the chase. I believe this helps disperse the heat to this area...
  25. bfast250

    New Pacific Energy FP30 Installation Progress Thread

    That's correct. Sorry I don't have photos before I covered it with rock. I will say the bottom of my mantle gets very hot. If I could do it again and it would look correct, I would put my mantle a bit higher for added saftey. I tried to do this, but my wife said it looked odd because the mantle...
  26. bfast250

    New Pacific Energy FP30 Installation Progress Thread

    I used 3. I forgot to mention I put a steel stud on the back side to give a larger surface area for the nuts/washers. Like saydinli, I used PL construction adhesive.
  27. bfast250

    New Pacific Energy FP30 Installation Progress Thread

    I used 5/8 all thread through the metals studs and nuts/washers to tighten it up. I then glued the beam to the all thread with construction adhesive. Sounds like an awesome install. Please post some pics if you get a chance.
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    Looking for Guidance on Buck 74ZC in Prefab box install

    I am not a pro. I recently replaced my non-epa fireplace with an epa high efficiency fireplace. I did a full demo and I cannot imagine doing it without a full demo. The only exception might be if you can remove the old fp and install the new from the rear. Is that an option in your situation...
  29. bfast250

    Quadrafire 7100 or Elite 44 (or ??) for new home?

    Do you care for the looks of the Pacific Energy units? They are fantastic heaters and dead simple to use.