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#1 Posted : Tuesday, October 14, 2003 4:37:26 AM
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thats a fairly tall order ,,many variables,,and issues , maybe best to look at your insurance policy first ,,then sizing & draft & dampering issues ,,if ya want a blower for 3000sqft i would think so,, prob into the ducting ,,then thats a new can of worms assumming a brick/masonary fireplace,,,,if ya have the skills to build ,if not prob. best to talk to a locale pro.& do alot of research ..the design no doubt would be custom hence the doors as well,, they can be fitted with hy-temp pyrex glass after fab''ed,,,,i do wish ya the best of luck ,,more info may get ya more replys
tc ray
#2 Posted : Wednesday, October 15, 2003 3:07:13 AM
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The only wood-burning stove I''ve ever built was for warming the tent and cooking. It worked well for both...BUT...Wood burns very hot, as you know. There wasn''t any sheet metal on my stove that didn''t warp.

After a few fires, the door on the firebox didn''t fit, the door on the oven didn''t fit, the cooktop was warped and curled. All the galvanizing eventually burned off, so rust set in. If your chimney is open where rain can get in, then expect the bottom to rust out, unless you have a very efficient drain in the bottom that doesn''t get clogged up.

The metal will get red hot, so if there is any combustible material within a few feet, I wouldn''t even consider it. I don''t think it really matters about the size and shape, as long as you have enough stovepipe to create a draft. Remember the 2 in 10 rule...2 feet higher than anything within 10 feet.

You''ll have to use outside air for combustion, and with some clever design, you might build it so the fresh air coming into the firebox "washes" along the inside of the glass door. This will help keep it from getting so hot and possible warping your door frames.

Good luck.
#3 Posted : Wednesday, October 15, 2003 3:07:13 AM
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I have a double-sided fireplace in my home, which is useless. I would like to build an insert with glass doors on each side. I would like to weld up a steel box with commercial and install doors on each side. Is there anyone that knows where I can buy the doors? Any thoughts on how to design the insert? Does any know where I can get some plans to build woodstove / inserts? What might be the pitfalls (other than burning down the house)? I would like to heat about 3000 sqft. Thanks
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