Jafadog....really nice setup on your 503. I was as lucky as you and got mine this year...just waiting for the installation at the end of Oct...(yea they're that busy with installs & chimney cleaning). I was also concerned how far the 503 sticks out from the hearth but I think I'll be OK. Mine will be going into the dining room fireplace to replace the propane Heatilator.Part of me is mad that I spent more money than I could have, but I'm just glad that I have a coal stove for this winter. Many, many folks won't get theirs until Spring. I have a friend who is putting $1,000 down on an Alaska stoker this week and won't get it until at least March 2009.
I paid just under 2k for the 503 and another 2k for the removal of the heatilator & gas line, installation of the 503 including a foreverflex heavy 316 SS liner (30+ ') with cap...topplate....and insulation.
I reclaimed the coal bin in the basement from storage use & I'll order 5 ton of nut as soon as the installation is complete. I'd do it sooner but I'm being overly cautious to be sure there are no glitches with the install etc. (5 ton of nut and no place to burn it....not a good idea.... )
Quick ?? for you......What do they use to insulate or seal the shroud?
I'll post some pics in early Nov.
Thanks for your post & pics....nice job.