I have a non-functioning centrally located fireplace where I'd like to put a small pellet stove insert. I have a few basic questions so I even know what to look for;
1. Are inserts designed with the expectation that the existing firebox and firebrick will be intact? To fit an insert in I'd probably have to remove the existing firebrick because the fireplace is so shallow. Does this become a fire hazard, or are inserts designed to take this into account?
2. typically speaking, what it the longest vertical exhaust run permitted without additional exhaust fans? I live in an old 2-story house with high ceilings, so the exhaust would be vented up through two tall stories then the attic, so it has a way to go.
3. If it is even permitted, do any pellet stoves come with powerfans allowing a downward vent to exhaust down through the basement then out the of the basement wall outside the house? It would be a /lot/ easier (and shorter) than trying to go up.
Thank you for any advice, Keith Central Michigan