UncleDoDat wrote:O.K. Guys as you can see I have been thrown through a loop and I'm in desperate need of clarification. I need to know what else will I need to do to have Mr Herald installed properly and as close to the mantel as possible. So I was told in an earlier post that my wooden mantel would have to be replaced if I want to put Mr. Herald closer to the fireplace opening. O.K. so I'm researching the cheapest, yet safest option for replacing the wood mantel. I've come up with stone or ceramic. Ceramic being the cheapest. Is ceramic fireplace mantel practical for this or should I stick to stone. Or can someone recommend something cost effective, but safe.
Ceramic is practical for the fireplace mantel, it's really all about personal preference on what you think looks best. As long as you are using a non-combustable material.
UncleDoDat wrote:Secondly, I'm thinking that if the mantel is not replaced with a non-combustible the 36' mark will over shoot the floor hearth. This is the 36' mark However, after measuring, even at 18 inches away Mr. Herald would over shoot the original floor hearth. Moreover, I'm thinking is it worth it to replace the mantel to gain 18in. Unless I am unclear about the clearance details of non-combustible mantels. Does zero clearance mean I could put Mr. Herald as close to a non combustible mantel. The floor hearth itself is only 21 1/2 inches So I assume that I'll be needing some type of hearth pad..
I'm not sure of the footprint of the stove you are getting, but it looks to me that with the back of the stove at either 18" or 36" from the wall you are going to have to extend the hearth that is there. If it were me I would put cement board over the brick on the floor and over the hardwood floors enough to allow for whatever clearance you decide to go with and cover it with ceramic to match what you replace the mantel with. I think it's worth replacing the mantel even if you have to extend the pad on the floor. I did something similar when I installed my stove and laid down cement board and covered it with slate tile.
UncleDoDat wrote:Lastly, the stainless steel liner? So I don't need one? Is this the case whether we go through the fireplace or through the thimble. If so how do I get out of the installation for it and why are they insisting that I need one? What all is needed? And whats not?
You do not need a stainless steel liner if you already have a clay lined chimney. As a matter of fact you are much better off with a clay lined chimney then any stainless steel liner. Tell the guy you have changed your mind and find someone else. All you need is a thimble in your chimney (basically a hole the correct size for the stove pipe to fit into).