keeping the fire in the fireplace
The reason I'm being this way is I'm concerned for your well being. Let's think about this for a minute:
You have possession of a USED fireplace. How was it originally installed? How was it used? Maintained? Did they ever introduce any harsh chemicals in the fire? Sweep with a wire brush? Have chimney fires? Burn coal? How was it dismanteled, handled, and stored?
If this was going into someone else's home, you would have to worry about the Implied Warranty of Merchantability and Implied Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose. Failing to disclose all the conditions of this fireplace to an unwary homeowner could be determined to constitute fraud, as in jail.
Even in your own home, you could burn yourself and family up. Does your homeowner's insurance know about this? BTW, your Bldg. Inspector should know better.
What you have is a used, possibly damaged product designed to contain fire within a dwelling that you are proposing to install in your own home. There is no manufacturer to back a warranty and no valid listing anymore as it is used. The codes require you to install a listed product therefore this does not count.
As for it being inspected and found to be " in very good condition". Who inspected it? You? An engineer? Did anyone inspect the inner flues for signs of previous chimney fires, temper color change or intergranular corrosion? You mentioned chimney and an air kit-what about the termination, firestops, attic insulation shield, elbows, spark strip, roof or chase top flashing, chase top spacers, etc.? You cannot install it without all the required parts, you cannot mix and match from other brands, and you cannot go freestyle and have custom replacement parts made up.
Please don't take this wrong but your attempt at saving a few bucks could very likely cost you your home and your lives. Don't do it! The only suitable place for a used fireplace is the scrap yard. Sell the steel and use the money to buy a video of a fire loop DVD or even a plasma fireplace.
Preway Fireplace Model B142B owners manual/installation instructions
Our Preway metal fireplace is model #B142B and it was installed when our house was built in 1980. I have a copy of the installation/instruction manual. It appears you were looking for a copy in Nov. 2006, but since it has been 9 months, you probably don't need it anymore. Did you find one? I've heard Preway went out of business in approx. 1989.
This Installation, Service Instructions and Parts List is for 3 models:
Need copy of manual preway B142B TYPE E
Hi, I too would like to get a copy of the Manual. If you could so kindly email it to me, I will be highly grateful. I have a B142B Type E that came with the home I bought this summer (07) and I have never used a fireplace before. I want to make sure I am using it properly. It has a gas pipe under the wood stand and a valve on the floor. I am assuming this is a gas assisted wood burning fireplace but I could be wrong. I look forward to the manual. Thank you.
Originally Posted by TwinGlenda
Preway metal fireplace manual
Hi, TwinGlenda - Just found this old post. We have a Preway, but don't know the model #. It's conical and bright orange, looks very much like a Malm Zircon. Building Dept. wants the model number and owner's manual before we can get a permit to instal. I'm hoping you can help...
Originally Posted by TwinGlenda