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Ancient Kalamazoo Franklin
Ancient Kalamazoo Franklin

We had a very old Kalamazoo Franklin wood stove that was coming apart at the seams, literally. The final straw was this week when the cast iron chimney elbow separated from the firebox. We decided that it needed to be replaced, and in a hurry. Out door Temps were -10F, and heading to -22F, so a new Vestal Classic stove was ordered and delivered.

New Vestal Classic
New Vestal Classic

I removed the old 26 gauge 7″ galvanized chimney pipe, and replaced it with new 22 gauge 6″ black chimney pipe. My fingers went right through the old pipe. As soon as I unhooked the chimney, the stove elbow fell completely off. This was a disaster waiting for an opportunity. I connected the new pipe, screwed it together, connected the new stove, and lit a fire. Soon the heat was again warming our home. My wife set a rocking chair in front, and enjoyed some well needed “me” time, and the cats curled up on the hearth, and took a nap. Life is good, and warm, again.

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5 Responses to “Installing a wood stove”

  1. Greg

    I have a Vestal Classic two door insert. Was wondering if I could change the solid doors to glass. Thanks Greg

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  2. ashley

    i am looking for a good wood burning insert for a reasonable price. if you hear of any will someone email me. thanks

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  3. Twinita

    please help in need of a blower for my vestal classic

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  4. BOB MOSELEY

    I JUST RESTORED A VESTAL CLASSSIC TWO DOOR MODEL. VESTAL MANUFACTURING IS ALIVE AND WELL, THEY STILL HAVE BLOWER MOTORS AND VARIOUS PARTS IN STOCK. CONTACT ASHLEY BOTELLO vestal@vestalmfg.com , GOOD LUCK
    BOB MOSELEY/MOSELEY OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT, FLORENCE S.C.

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  5. JOHNNY C. KNIGHT

    I HAVE USED A VESTAL CLASSIC FIREPLACE INSERT FOR THE LAST TWENTY FIVE YEARS OR SO . IT IS BEGINNING TO FAIL NOW . ONE OF THE TWO FAN MOTORS HAS FAILED, SO IT DOESN’T DISBERSE THE HEAT SO WELL ANYMORE . I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE ANY INFORMATION AS TO WHERE I MIGHT BE ABLE TO PURCHASE A NEW OR WORKING MODEL USED ONE . IF THERE IS ANY INFORMATION AVAILABLE TODAY, PLEASE SEND IT TO ME. JOHNNY C. KNIGHT–204 KNIGHT STREET– DARLINGTON,, S. C. 29532 . OR BY E-MAIL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONCIDERATION.

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