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We recently bought a used wood stove and the spec plate on the back for clearances is illegible so will have a lot of difficulty getting it installed/insured. It is a GSW Model 820 probably manufactured in the '80's and has convection tubes that will be really great for heating a larger space. I'd hate not to be able to use it. If anyone has one of these stoves and has access to Owner's Manual or at least can photo a legible spec plate, a reply would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
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Hi Frank;
I searched around a bit and found these numbers ) To side wall-33" To rear wall-28" Front-48" Flue pipe-18" Ceiling-54"
They may be good but I doubt your insurance company will accept them.
Then I found this. It may be the same company that dropped the wood stove line.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT
For prompt technical support, please contact our technical support team by sending your inquiries to us at techsupport@hotwater.com. You can also contact us by calling 1-888-GSW-TECH (479-8324) or by fax at 519-787-5500.

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599 Hill Street West
Fergus, Ontario, Canada N1M 2X1
T 519.843.1610
F 519.787.5500
 
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I did a search and came up with the same data that Thomas R found, but it's hearsay so not insurance friendly.

Sometimes a label can be enhanced and made legible under different or indirect lighting, different filters on a phone, and the many filters in photo manipulation tools. Many of them are imprinted ("stamped") and not just surface ink.

Looking at the stove, though, I'm pretty sure it would need a lot of clearance and/or excellent heat shields on the wall. Insurance will not like this stove in a residence.

You could also advertise on Craigslist/Kijiji/Facebook. Somebody out there has one, and will send you a photo.
 
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Has someone had any luck getting tech specs by searching the CSA certification number thru the testing organization?   The CSA certification number is perfectly legible on its stamped label on the back of the stove, and they would certainly have had a copy of the specifications when they tested it and presumably still would in their database.

Thoughts?   I'm going to try that, as I've struck out online and contacting GSW and its successor companies.
 
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My thought for the day .... I once needed to know the real manufacturer of an article of clothing with minimal labeling.  I took it to the textile dept at an area university, and they gave me the answer in 20 minutes.  
 
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Frank Hetherington wrote:Has someone had any luck getting tech specs by searching the CSA certification number thru the testing organization?   The CSA certification number is perfectly legible on its stamped label on the back of the stove, and they would certainly have had a copy of the specifications when they tested it and presumably still would in their database.


Give us the data! And images! You may be surprised at what this community of lunatics can dig up.
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