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mmadden68 09-14-2010 01:18 PM

Fireplace Heatilator and wood burning insert
I am having a wood burning insert installed into my existing fireplace. The existing fireplace was built with a heatilator. Built onsite. I am going to reface the fireplace and want to cover up the heatilator vents. I have two questions?
1 - Is it safe to cover up these heatilator vents since the insert (lopi delcaration) is double walled with a built in vent fan?

2 - If it is safe to cover them up, should I fill the voids with ceramic wool?

yuri 09-14-2010 04:36 PM

Wood burning insert? Do you mean gas instead? If not what was it burning B4?

mslattery 03-28-2011 06:57 PM

I am looking for the same advice. I would like to rebrick where the vent is and slate tile the fireplace. Is this safe to do so?

mslattery 03-28-2011 06:59 PM

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Here is a phot of what im talking about. Im guessing you are having the same concerns?
Please help us

pyper 03-29-2011 12:09 PM

The wood insert is a double wall "thing" that is designed to get the heat out into the room. Especially when the blowers are on.

The existing vents should no longer provide any meaningful amount of heat. If you wanted to make certain, the way to test it would be to build a fire in the insert (after it's installed) and, after a few hours, feel the area in the vent.

It doesn't seem like it would ever be a safety issue -- more an issue of efficiency.

Yuri, a "wood burning insert" is basically a wood burning stove, specially designed to fit inside a fireplace. It lets you get more heat from less wood, and create lower emissions.

mslattery 03-29-2011 12:13 PM

This is a heatalater and when a fire is lit, the area does seem to get warm. When the blower is turned on especially. I will be taking the blower out but still wondering if it is safe to cover up and how to go about this.

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