Building Code and Building Construction - Questions and Answers
Or when you want to know how construction is supposed to be done.

|
AskCodeMan.com
|
The following Codemen are available to answer your questions:
All Codes and Standards - Jerry Peck, Codeman


Q&A Board links
  • REGISTER

  • FAQ

  • LOGIN

  • Q&A BOARD INDEX

  • View New Questions

  • View Unanswered Questions

  • View Active Questions/Answers

  • Mark Questions as read

  • View Your Questions

  • Go To Your User Control Panel




  • Links to:
  • Construction Litigation Consultants


  • Florida Building Commission

  • Florida Building Codes Online


  • International Code Council

  • ICC Codes Free Online


  • Building Officials and Administrators of Florida




  • Product Approvals
  • Florida Product Approval

  • ICC Evaluation Reports Search

  • Miami-Dade NOA Search




  • Inspector and Contractor License Search
  • Search Florida Licenses




  • Technical links
  • Technical Information page


























































  • Contact Codeman



  • Custom Search

    Propane stove insert

    Propane stove insert

    New postby jostager on Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:19 am

    Codeman,

    I have been looking for a propane stove fireplace insert. I decided on one built by Travis Industries called an Avalon FX. To complicate matters I found one used for a FRACTION of the cost of new. This is at a Habitat for Humanity restore. The unit is at most 5 yrs. old and very clean looking. It doesn't have a blower like the newer ones (which are optional). What should I be cautious of in considering this? How can I look at it and tell? Are these units comparable to cooking stoves in their simplicity? Help! rookie female
    jostager
     
    Posts: 1
    Joined: Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:12 am

    Re: Propane stove insert

    New postby Jerry Peck - Codeman on Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:38 pm

    "Are these units comparable to cooking stoves in their simplicity?" Absolutely not!

    There are many things which could go wrong with a used gas fireplace insert, not the least of which could be damaged seams and welds which could allow smoke, heat or worst of all - FIRE - outside of the firebox.

    One fireplace expert says "Keep the fire in the fireplace." - I fully agree with him.

    I am not sure what there is which you could look at and ensure that the used fireplace insert is safe to re-use.

    You need to find a fireplace contractor or inspector who is certified in fireplaces, such as one who is certified by F.I.R.E Service (Fireplace Investigation, Research and Education Service).

    The cost of hiring that fireplace contractor or inspector to go with you to the Habitat for Humanity Store plus the cost of the used fireplace insert should still be significantly less than the cost of a new fireplace insert of the same type and quality. If not, then a used fireplace insert cannot be purchased "for a FRACTION of the cost of new" fireplace insert of the same type and quality.

    You can locate a F.I.R.E. Certified Fireplace Inspector here (place mouse over link, right click to show menu, select 'Open Link In New Window' (or similar option): http://www.f-i-r-e-service.com/mainframe.html , when at that site click on the 'Certified Inspectors' link on the top left.

    Codeman
    Jerry Peck - CodeMan
    AskCodeMan.com

    Construction and Litigation Consultant
    Construction Litigation Consultants, LLC.
    ConstructionLitigationConsultants.com
    User avatar
    Jerry Peck - Codeman
    Site Admin
     
    Posts: 1089
    Joined: Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:06 pm


    Return to Fireplaces and Chimneys: masonry fireplaces, factory built fireplaces, wood burning fireplaces, gas fireplaces, solid fuel burning stoves & inserts, combustion air, chimneys



    Who is online

    Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest



    www.AskCodeMan.com