how can I figure out how to install a wood (stove) insert?
August 5, 2014 1:25 PM Subscribe
I've found a wood insert local to me that looks to be a good deal, a quality unit. The kicker is I am thinking of installing the insert myself.
Here's a link to images of the insert
What's the best way to get this done correctly given my skills and experience?
posted by diode to Home & Garden (7 answers total)
I have a 1940's ranch style house with fireplace. This insert looks to me to be a good fit for my needs.
I'm considering doing the installation myself to save $. I have a standard set of handyman skills, done a lot of light construction and repair and am suitably cautious about something like this. Here are my project question marks.
How can I evaluate the insert independently of what I've been told by the seller (a working stove, evaluated as in good condition and satisfies local codes for emissions), and know that it's a good deal for the price ($500).
How can I get a proper chimney pipe and cap installed, double wall insulated, with correct fittings for this insert?
How can I site the insert properly so it's insulated from my wood floors in its new home in my fireplace?
All in all, I can see a good argument here for a contractor to install given the nature of the work. However, the $2-5k fee plus parts isn't a great argument for this. I think people can do this with the right understanding of what's involved. What are some resources I can to utilize this done right by myself?