Forgive my lack of knowledge of how this all works(forums and all), but here goes.
My name is Joel I'm 35 a Mechanical Engineering Tech, married to my wonderful wife/best friend, have 2 great kids, 2 cats, drive a 21 year old beat up diesel pick up truck, me in a phrase-work hard, play hard, good beer, good food, podcasting , lots of of ammo ,and real hot- cheap heat!
I do a podcast(thats internet radio for those who dont know) @ http://radioqrm.com/
you'll get a bit more insight on who I am there give it a listen.
First off This Forum is GREAT! and its members have taught me so much about heating with coal that I'm picking up my first coal stove this Friday. A Russo c55 for what I think is a good price $100.00 the grates aren't warped some surface rust on the top but it appears fully functional.
I want to connect it/put in front of and vent to a masonry fireplace/chimney which is in great shape. My thoughts were to remove the fireplace flu/dampener completely put a block off plate of Steel and seal it to the front of of the entire opening of the fireplace (except a 6" hole to except the flu pipe coming out of the back of the stove). I grew up heating with wood and both the stove's were hooked up to fireplaces in the same fashion, But they were wood stoves NOT coal will this work for my coal stove to be?
Any helpful insight will be much appreciated
Thanks in advance