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<span style="color: #3333FF">I have been burning wood in my fireplace for the last 5 years. As you all know most of the heat goes right up the chimney.
I am looking at buying a used insert to install to be more efficent.
My question is: do I have to install new pipe from the insert to the top of the chimney? Or just slide it in and use it?
The existing flue is in great shape with 9" x 9" terra cotta liner in it.</span>
 

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You will get conflicting opinions on this issue. I put mine in last winter without the extra $1200 pipe, and I had no issues. My opinion is, if your flue is in good shape, just hook it up and roll. There are thousands of them out there burning fine just like that. I also remember when woodstoves went crazy years ago, no one used the liner pipe then. I think the stainless pipe is a fine idea for an old chimney that you are not sure of the condition. Also, on a lighter note, if you drink beer make sure you have plenty on hand, because hooking up a insert will drive you to drink, but you can do it!
 

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The most important part of installing your insert will be the transition from flue to stove. It might take three or more tries. Make certain it is a well sealed connection.
I am with joe on not needing pipe. I have a different thought as why people recommend pipe. It is 100 times easier to line up the pipe as it is to set the transition between insert and flue.
 

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I sealed-up my fireplace damper & installed a wood stove. The dealer where I got the stove told me to use the existing chimney if it was in good shape & provided enough draft.
 

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Old Crow said:
I sealed-up my fireplace damper & installed a wood stove. The dealer where I got the stove told me to use the existing chimney if it was in good shape & provided enough draft.
And you should be good to go.
 

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I put a woodstove in my fireplace, made a false damper, cut out the 6 inch diameter for the stovepipe put it on the stove and about a foot above the damper and it worked good, wood like to have an insert now just for backup..I sold the stove a few years ago, now sorry I did that....
 

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my dad had one installed at the camp...they had to torch out the heatelater in the fireplace to get proper air flow and they installed a new pipe even though our flue was in great shape...the insert was a 68,000 btu osbourne...can heat the whole place with...
 
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