INSTALLATION AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS FOR 983 INSERT AND FREESTANDING HEATER
The fireplace and a class A chimney must comply with EPA standards. Inspection and cleaning are a prerequisite before installing your insert. Your fireplace and class A chimney must be free of all creosote. Inspect for deterioration of mortar joints and cracked liners for safety of your unit and your home.
Remove your damper in your fireplace or block open permantley to prevent from accidentally closing and causing smoke in your room. Local regulations or insurance companies may require chimney lining for safe, efficient operation of your unit.
Now position your insert on the hearth. ( Note: First you may want to place a thin sheet of metal on our hearth for protection from chipping your hearth.) With your insert positioned properly, you are now ready to fasten the shroud on the sides of your inserts with 2 screws on each side. Fasten the top to the side panels with 2 bolts at each end. The brass trim must be fastened, (should your kit contain one) by cutting and fitting the sides, then the top and corner, drill holes and fasten. Place the insulation that is provided behind the shroud on sides and top to assure a good seal on the face of your fireplace. Now push your insert the remainder of the distance into your fireplace until shroud panel seals top and side.
The 983 freestanding unit must be secured to a class A chimney to operate safely and efficiently. Again your chimney may need to be relined for safely and efficiency.
Proper clearance from combustibles is a must to prevent fires. See figure 1 and 2 for proper floor protection of both the insert and freestanding unit. This is a must to prevent fires and damage to your home.
Listed solid fuel burning fireplace insert
Minimum clearances to combustible materials:
Unit to right side facing: B-6”
Unit to left side facing: B-6”
Unit to top facing: C-10”
Unit to mantle: D-16”
Unit to sidewall: A-36”
Minimum clearances to combustible materials:
Unit to sidewall 18”
Unit to back wall 20”
Flue to sidewall 30”
Flue to back wall 24”
If you put legs on this unit as a freestanding heater you will need a floor protection. Floor protection must be non-combustible material or heater must be placed on a 3/8” non-combustible millboard with an insulating factor of at least K-O.84. This must extend 8” to the side and rear and 16” in front of heater.
Extremely important is the passage of the chimney or chimney connector through a combustible wall or ceiling. Make sure you use a class A wall or ceiling passage connector. Contact your local builder for codes for your county or state.
Type of fuel for use in these units is coal only: Kindling and small pieces of wood are required to use for igniting your coal when starting your fire.
Never use gasoline or kerosene or any other flammable fluid when starting or refreshing your fire. Note: When you first fire your heater, the exterior paint will go through curing process. This may emit some smoke or odor. Be prepared to open your door or window.
Starting your fire:
Pull your damper handle above fuel door out until you reach the stop, when starting a fire or anytime you need to open the fuel doors. Place crumbled paper and a small amount of wood kindling in the firebox. Ignite with a match. Watch your fire very closely. When kindling is burning add approximately 2” of coal over the entire grate area. When the coal is burning good and glowing red add 2 inches of coal. Once the deeper coal is burning good you can add as much as you want to extend burn time. Your slide draft on you ash door must be open. You may want to open your spinners on your fuel door for a short time. This will be only if you have a Model 983 double door.
After coal begins to burn you may close your spinners on your double door insert and adjust slide on the ash door for fire to burn properly. There are 2 draft slides above the fuel door, operating these draft slides gives secondary combustion air for more efficient burn. These slides are opened when moved out and closed when moved towards center of heater. Your damper handle must be pulled out when you open your fuel doors. This will eliminate smoke entering your room. You may adjust the slide damper partially closed to get a longer burning time on your fuel.
Never leave your heater unattended with your combustion air controls open very far. This may cause over heating and could damage your unit. When adding fuel to refresh your fire always open your damper before opening your fuel doors to add fuel.
Removal of ashes:
You will need to shake your grates daily when burning coal to assure proper combustion air moving up through your grates. You will need to empty your ash pan daily. Make sure ashes do not come in contact with the bottom of your grates. This will cause damage to your grates. Remove your ashes into a metal container. Dispose of your ashes properly. They maybe hot and could cause a fire if not disposed properly. Never place ashes in a combustible container, this may cause a fire.
Your unit is equipped with dual fans, which may run continually or may be operated automatically. When your switch is on manual your fans will run continually.
You may want your switch on automatic and your fans will start when unit heat is up to 110 degrees and will stop if unit cools down to 90 degrees.
The blowers have sealed bearings, however we have discovered over a period of time you may want to drop a few drops of oil on the seals. This is to prevent drying out from the heat.
Prevent Creosote Fires:
Check and clean your chimney and pipes twice a month or as needed. This is to protect from creosote or soot build up, which causes chimney fires.
This unit is hot when in operation. Do not touch. Keep children, clothing, and any combustibles a safe distance. See nameplate and instruction sheet for safety. Contact your local building inspector, fire marshal for safety regulations in your area. Follow manual very closely. Note: This unit is not approved for mobile home use.
For further information on using your heater safely, obtain a copy of the National Fire Protection Association publication, NEPA Using Coal and Wood Stoves Safely, No. HS-8-1974 The address for: NEPA
470 Atlantic Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
Other information needed may be received by contacting your dealer or
269 East Main St.
Berne, In 46711