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INSTALLATION

INSTRUCTIONS

CUSTOM SERIES

36" Wood Burning Fireplaces

P/N 700,009M REV. D 11/2003

MODELS

RD-36 RD-36-H RDI-36 RDI-36-H

HC-36 HC-36-H HCI-36 HCI-36-H

This installation manual will enable you to obtain a safe, efficient and dependable installation of your fireplace system. Please read and understand these instructions before beginning your installation.

Do not alter or modify the fireplace or its components under any circumstances. Any modification or alteration of the fireplace system, including but not limited to the fireplace, chimney components and accessories, may void the warranty, listings and approvals of this system and could result in an unsafe and potentially dangerous installation.

IMPORTANT! TO ASSURE PROPER ALIGNMENT OF GLASS DOORS:

INSTALL THIS FIREPLACE IN A SQUARE AND PLUMB CONDITION,

USING SHIMS AS NECESSARY AT SIDES AND/OR BOTTOM.

PLEASE RETAIN THIS MANUAL FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.

RETAIN THESE INSTRUCTIONS

FOR FUTURE REFERENCE

WH Report No. J9902-5865C-231

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

Safety Rules ....................................

page

2

Tools and Building Supplies ............

page

2

Precautions .....................................

page

3

Introduction .....................................

page

3

Clearances/Height Requirements .....

page

3

Chimney System .............................

page

3

Assembly Outline .............................

page

4

Location of Fireplace .......................

page

4

Assembly Steps ...............................

page

5

Preinstallation Notes ........................

page

5

Clearances .......................................

page

5

Installing the Fireplace .....................

page

5

Fireplace Specifications ..................

page

6

Framing Specifications ....................

page

7

Installing the Chimney System ........

page

8

30° Offset through Floor/Ceiling ......

page

9

Ten Foot Rule Summary ..................

page 11

Multiple Terminations ......................

page 11

Chimney Component Calculations ...

page 11

Special Offset Instructions ...............

page 12

Offset Calculations ...........................

page 12

Vertical Elevation Chart ...................

page 12

Offset Elevation Chart .....................

page 13

Installing Offsets ..............................

page 14

Optional Equipment Considerations . page 14

Forced Air Kits .................................

page 14

Combustion Air Kits ........................

page 15

Gas Line Connection ........................

page 15

Vent Free Appliances .......................

page 15

Glass Doors .....................................

page 16

Cold Climate Insulation ....................

page 16

Fireplace Finishes ............................

page 16

Mantels and Trim .............................

page 16

Hearth Extensions/Wall Shields .......

page 16

Finish Requirements ........................

page 18

Installation Components ..................

page 18

IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND THESE RULES TO FOLLOW FOR SAFETY.

1. Before starting your fireplace installation, read these installation instructions carefully to be sure you understand them completely and in entirety. Failure to follow them could cause a fireplace malfunction resulting in serious injury and/or property damage.

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2.Always check your local building codes. The installation must comply with all local, regional, state and national codes and regulations.

3.These fireplaces must be installed with Security Chimneys FTF8 (8" inside diameter) Chimney System only. These systems are intended for use in any application where a traditional masonry type fireplace would apply. The chimney system must always vent to the outside of the building.

4.To ensure a safe fireplace system and to prevent the build-up of soot and creosote, inspect and clean the fireplace and chimney prior to use and periodically during the heating season.

5.Use solid fuel only. DO NOT use artificial wax based logs, chemical chimney cleaners or flame colorants in your fireplace.

6.DO NOT use charcoal or coal under any circumstances.

7.NEVER use gasoline, gasoline-type lantern fuel, kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid, or similar liquids to start or “freshen up” a fire in this fireplace. Keep any flammable liquids a safe distance from the fireplace.

8.NEVER leave children unattended when there is a fire burning in the fireplace.

9.Always keep flue damper open when heat is present in the fireplace.

10.Before servicing, allow the fireplace to cool. Always shut off any electricity or gas to the fireplace while working on it. This will prevent any possible electrical shock or burns.

11.This fireplace is not intended to heat an entire home or be used as a primary heat source. It is designed to ensure homeowner comfort by providing supplemental heat to the room.

12.Always ensure an that adequate supply of replacement combustion air from the outside of the house is accessible to the fire to support normal combustion. Fireplaces consume large volumes of air during the normal combustion process. In the event the home is tightly sealed with modern energy efficient features, the optional combustion air kit may not provide all the air required to support combustion.

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The manufacturer is not responsible for any smoking or related problems that may result from the lack of adequate combustion air. It is the responsibility of the builder/contractor to ensure that adequate combustion air has been provided for the fireplace.

13.DO NOT use a fireplace insert or any other products not specified herein by the manufacturer for use with this fireplace. All gas log sets must be operated with the damper clamped open, including unlisted “vent free” log sets. Listed “vent-free” log sets may be operated with the damper closed.

14."Smoke free” operation is not warranteed nor are we responsible for inadequate system draft caused by mechanical systems, general construction conditions, inadequate chimney heights, adverse wind conditions and/or unusual environmental factors or conditions beyond our control.

15.Never, under any circumstances, install a fireplace, chimney component or any accessories, that has visible or suspected physical damage as a result of handling or transportation. These items should be inspected by your distributor or qualified factory representative to ensure safe condition. When in doubt, consult your distributor.

16.For additional safety considerations and complete operating instructions, refer to the Care and Operation Manual provided with the fireplace.

TOOLS AND BUILDING SUPPLIES NORMALLY REQUIRED

Tools should Include:

Phillips screwdriver

Hammer

Saw and/or sabersaw

Level

Measuring tape

Plumb line

Electric drill and bits

Pliers

Square

Building supplies: Framing materials

Wall finishing materials

Caulking materials (noncombustible) Fireplace surround and hearth extension materials (noncombustible)

PRECAUTIONS

Note: These fireplace systems are not difficult to install. However, in the interest of safety, it is recommended that the installer be a qualified or certified “tradesman” familiar with commonly accepted fireplace installation and safety techniques as well as prevailing local codes.

The most important areas of concern dealing with the installation of factory-built fireplaces are clearances to combustible materials, proper assembly of component parts, height of the chimney system, the proper use of accessories supplied by the manufacturer and the techniques employed in using finishing materials applied to the wall surrounding the fireplace, hearth extensions and wall shields. Each of these topics will be covered in thorough detail throughout this manual. Please give each your special attention as you progress with your installation.

INTRODUCTION

General Information

These fireplaces are conventional radiant heat fireplaces with standard bar grates, optional outside combustion air kits and optional decorative glass doors. The "C" models are designed as heat circulating fireplaces and may be fitted with accessory fans.

Note: Illustrations shown reflect “typical” installations with nominal dimensions and are for design and framing reference only. Actual installations may vary due to individual design preferences. However, always maintain minimum clearances to combustible materials and do not violate any specific installation requirements.

These fireplaces have been tested and listed by Warnock Hersey (Report No. J9902- 5865C-231) to U.L. standard 127. These units are intended for installation in residential homes and other buildings of conventional construction including commercial, not in mobile homes.

These fireplaces have been tested for installation in Canada to ULC-S610. For installations in Canada, the chimney clearance to combustibles must be 2 inches and the Cold Climate Kit must be installed.

These fireplace systems are designed for installation in accordance with the National Fire Protection Standard for chimneys, fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances; NFPA 211 and in accordance with codes such as the BOCA Basic/National Codes, the Standard Mechanical Code and the Uniform Building Codes.

TYPICAL INSTALLATION

 

Blower Kit

 

(Optional)

Chimney and

Chimney and

Termination

Termination

 

Outside

 

Combustion

Outside

Air Kit

(Optional)

Combustion

 

Air Kit

 

(Optional)

Radiant Model Shown

Circulating Model Shown

Figure 1

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WARNING: FAILURE TO USE MANUFACTURE PROVIDED PARTS, VARIATIONS IN TECHNIQUES AND CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS OR PRACTICES OTHER THAN THOSE DESCRIBED IN THIS MANUAL MAY CREATE A FIRE HAZARD AND VOID THE LIMITED WARRANTY.

When complete these fireplace systems consists of five basic “sub-systems”:

1.The Fireplace

2.The Chimney and Termination

3.The Optional Glass Doors

4.The Optional Combustion Air Kits

5.Optional Cold Climate Kit (Mandatory in Canada).

CLEARANCES AND HEIGHT

REQUIREMENTS

The fireplace may be placed on or near normal construction materials*. The combustion air kit, firestop spacer and roof flashing (not chase flashings) may be placed directly on or against normal construction materials.* The chimney requires a minimum 2" air space clearance to combustibles. The fireplace outer wrapper requires a minimum 1" air space clearance to combustibles. A combustible mantle may be installed 12" above the opening of the fireplace as per NFPA 211, Section 7-2.3.3. In Canada, the minimum is 18" above the fireplace opening.

The minimum installed height of the completed fireplace system is 15' 0". The maximum height is 60' 0".

The fireplace and chimney system must be enclosed when installed in or passing through a living area where combustibles or people may come in contact with it. This is important to prevent possible personal injury or fire hazard.

For questions, please call your distributor or the manufacturer. Special restrictions apply to the front and facing of the fireplace and nearby walls (See pages 16, 17 and 18 ).

CHIMNEY SYSTEM

These fireplaces are designed and code listed for use with Security Chimneys FTF8 chimney System only. Always use Security Chimneys FTF8 chimney components with these fireplaces. Do not modify or alter these components as this may cause a potential serious hazard and void the Warranty.

*Construction Materials:

 

• framing materials

• paneling

• particle board

• flooring

• millboard

• dry wall

• plywood

• etc.

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Insulate Joists

Same As Ceiling

Draft Stops

Firestop

CTDT

Termination

Note: Non-

Combustible

Chase

Flashing

Must Be

Used To

Cover

Chase

Opening

Optional

Insulation

In Outside

Walls Of

Chase

8' Level

Solid

Continuous

Surface

 

Outside

Insulation

Base

(Thermal Barrier)

 

Figure 2

WARNING: IF INSULATION IS USED, THE FIREPLACE MUST NOT BE PLACED DIRECTLY AGAINST IT. INSULATION OR VAPOR BARRIERS, IF USED, MUST FIRST BE COVERED WITH GYPSUM BOARD, PLYWOOD, PARTICLE BOARD OR OTHER MATERIAL TO ASSURE INSULATION AND VAPOR BARRIERS REMAIN IN PLACE.

WARNING: DO NOT PACK OR FILL REQUIRED AIR SPACES WITH INSULATION OR OTHER MATERIAL. NO MATERIAL IS ALLOWED IN THESE AREAS.

Note: Do not insulate the chase cavity with blown or fill type insulation materials.

Note: Local codes may not require firestopping at the ceiling levels for outside chase installations. However, it is recommended for safety and the reduction of heat loss.

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Chimney Height

The total height of your completed fireplace system from the surface the fireplace rests on to the chimney top must not exceed 60' and must also meet minimum height requirements. Refer to the minimum system height chart.

Minimum System Height

Security's FTF8 Pipe

Vertical Installation

15' 0"

 

 

One Offset

15' 0"

 

 

Two Offsets

25' 0"

 

 

Chase Enclosure

A chase is a vertical box-like structure constructed to surround the fireplace and chimney. Refer to Figure 2 for a typical chase configuration. As with all chimney installations, avoid overhead obstructions such as trees, power lines, etc. A chase should be constructed and insulated just like any outside wall. In a cold climate, we recommend the base of the chase should also be insulated between the solid continuous floor beneath the fireplace and the chase bottom. Chase insulation in a cold climate installation is not required for safety.

ASSEMBLY OUTLINE

Before You Start

Check your inventory list to be sure you have all the necessary parts supplied in good usable condition. Check also for any concealed damage.

Check the operation of the damper. The damper is controlled through the use of a control lever located within the firebox opening at the top center just behind the firebox lintel (Figure 3 ). The control lever snaps into place at the extreme range of motion, up and back in the closed position. When pulled forward and down, the damper is open.

Damper

Damper

Closed

Open

Lintel

 

 

Combustion

 

Air Actuator

Figure 3

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LOCATION OF FIREPLACE

Carefully select the proper location for heat circulation, aesthetics, chimney obstructions and clearance to side wall(s). With proper preplanning, a slight adjustment of a few inches can save considerable time and expense later during construction and assembly.

Hearth

Hearth

Optional

Outside Chase

Figure 4

Carefully consider the position of the fireplace opening with respect to the location of adjacent or nearby stairwells, bath or kitchen exhaust fans and/or return air registers for forced air furnaces/air conditioners that could cause a smoking fireplace condition if the house is tightly insulated.

When locating the fireplace, consideration must be given to combustibles and final finishing. See Figure 5 and confine the final location of combustible finish materials to the "Safe Zone".

DO NOT permanently place furniture or other items such as decorative pillows within 60" of the fireplace front face.

 

Black Portion Of Frame

 

Not To Be Covered With

 

Combustible Materials

 

Wall

12”

Covering

 

45°

1”

Door

Opening

12” Safe

Zone

Figure 5

ASSEMBLY STEPS

Note: The following steps represent the normal sequence of installation. Each installation is unique, however, and might require a different sequence.

1.Position firebox prior to framing or into prepared framing.

2.Install the chimney system.

3.Connect house wiring to the fireplace for later attachment of optional blower.

4.Install optional outside combustion air kit.

5.Plumb gas line if a decorative gas appliance will be used. (Gas connections should only be performed by an experienced, licensed/certified tradesman.)

6.Complete the installation, finish wall material, surround and hearth extension to your individual taste.

7.Assemble and attach optional glass door assembly.

Study the three dimensional illustration (Figure 1 ) to get a general idea of each element of your fireplace system.

PRE-INSTALLATION NOTES

The fireplace may be installed directly on a combustible floor or raised on a platform of an appropriate height. Do not place fireplace on carpeting, vinyl or other soft floor coverings. It may, however, be placed on flat wood, plywood, particle board or other hard surfaces. Be sure fireplace rests on a solid continuous floor or platform with appropriate framing for support and so that no cold air can enter the room from under the fireplace.

The fireplace may be positioned and then the framing built around it, or the framing may be constructed and the fireplace positioned into the opening.

Usually, no special floor support is needed for the fireplace, however, to be certain:

1.Estimate the total weight of the fireplace system including chimney and surround materials such as brick, stone, etc., to be installed. Shipping weights for the fireplace may be found on page 18.

2.Measure the square footage of the floor space to be occupied by the system, surrounds and hearth extensions.

3.Note the floor construction, i.e. 2 x 6’s, 2 x 8’s or 2 x 10’s, single or double joists, type and thickness of floor boards.

4.Use this information and consult your local building code to determine if you need additional support.

CAUTION: DO NOT BLOCK THE HEAT-CIRCU- LATING AIR INLET AND OUTLET PORTS ON CIRCULATING MODELS. DOING SO MAY RESULT IN A POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARD.

If you plan to raise the fireplace and hearth extension, build the platform assembly then position fireplace and hearth extension on top. Secure the platform to the floor to prevent possible shifting.

CLEARANCES

Minimum clearance to combustibles for the appliance is as follows: sides and back - 1" (25 mm), floor - 0" (0 mm), adjacent wall - 12" (305 mm), ceiling - 37 ¹⁄ " (953 mm).

INSTALLING THE FIREPLACE

Step 1. Slide the fireplace into prepared framing or position fireplace in its final position and frame later.

The fireplace may not be recessed into a combustible floor. Maintain the floor to hearth clearance established by the fireplace lower front face.

Step 2. Insert the provided metal safety strips, beneath the fireplace as illustrated (Figures 6, 7 and 8 ). The safety strips should overlap ¹⁄ " for continual coverage of the floor.

Note: Safety strips are not required when fireplace rests on a noncombustible surface.

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Top Spacer

 

Maintain

 

1" (25 mm)

 

Air Space

 

At Back

 

And Sides

 

Hearth

1" (25 mm) Space

Extension

 

Metal Safety Strip

Floor

Note: Hearth extensions must not interfere with circulating grillwork

Figure 6

 

 

Maintain

 

 

1" (25 mm)

 

 

Air Space

 

 

At Back

 

 

And Sides

 

 

Hearth

1" (25 mm) Space

Extension

 

Metal Safety Strip

Platform

Floor

Note: Hearth extensions must not interfere with circulating grillwork

Figure 7

Note: Install the hearth extension only as illustrated.

The safety strips should extend from front of the fireplace at least 1 ¹⁄ " and should extend to be at least flush with the sides. In the event a wooden support is used to elevate the fireplace above the floor, a “Z” type safety strip should be fabricated and used to protect the front surface of the wood support as well as the floor beneath the hearth extension (Figures 8 and 9 ). The safety strips should be tacked down to prevent possible movement.

Note: The “Z” type safety strip is not supplied.

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1 ¹⁄"

 

Metal Safety Strips

 

Figure 8

Blocking

Metal Safety Strips

Figure 9

Step 3. Refer to fireplace drawings and specifications on pages 6 and 7 for framing dimensions and details. Frame appliance enclosure as illustrated in Figures 11 through 14 on page 8.

IMPORTANT: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES CAN THE FIREPLACE TOP SPACERS (FIGURE 10 ) BE REMOVED OR MODIFIED, NOR MAY YOU NOTCH THE HEADER TO FIT AROUND OR BE INSTALLED LOWER THAN THE SPACERS. THE HEADER MAY BE IN DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE TOP SPACERS BUT MAY NOT BE SUPPORTED BY THEM.

Note: The framed depth, 21 ³⁄ " (552 mm) from a framed wall, must always be measured from a finished surface. If a wall covering such as drywall is to be attached to the rear wall, then the 21 ³⁄ " (552 mm) must be measured from the drywall surface. It is important that this dimension be exact.

If the appliance is to be elevated above floor level, a solid continuous platform must be constructed.

The header may rest on the top metal spacers, but must not be notched to fit around them.

Consult all local codes.

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FIREPLACE SPECIFICATIONS

 

 

 

12 ¹⁄"

 

 

(318 mm)

 

9"

 

 

(229 mm)

 

 

 

 

16 ¹ ⁄"

 

 

(428 mm)

 

36"

44 ¹⁄"

 

(914 mm)

(1124 mm)

20 ³⁄"

2

⁄"

(513 mm)

(73 mm)

 

 

 

7 ¹⁄"

 

 

(181 mm)

 

41 ³⁄"

 

 

 

(1060 mm)

 

 

 

Front

 

 

 

Fireplace Top Spacer

 

 

Combustion

9 ⁄"

 

 

Air Inlet

(251 mm)

 

Gas Line

 

 

Access

44 ¹⁄"

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1124 mm)

 

39 ³⁄"

 

10 ¹⁄"

 

 

(257 mm)

 

(995 mm)

 

 

 

 

Gas Line

36 ⁄"

17 ⁄"

 

Access

(922 mm)

11 ⁄"

(443 mm)

 

 

 

(290 mm)

 

 

 

Junction

 

 

 

Box

 

21 ⁄"

 

20 ¹¹⁄"

 

(541 mm)

 

(525 mm)

Left Side

Right Side

28 ¹⁄"

(714 mm)

12 ¹⁄" 8 ¹⁄" (318 mm)

(205 mm)

21 ⁄" (541 mm)

Fireplace

Top Spacer

1"

 

 

 

 

41

³⁄"

 

 

 

 

(25 mm)

 

(1060 mm)

 

 

 

 

43 ³⁄"

(1111 mm)

Top View

Figure 10

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