How many different models are available?
The entire range of WILSHIRE Products features many different models and countless design variations. This gives you the opportunity to come up with your own unique stove, fireplace, or insert.
Where can I see the models?
All stoves are sold through authorized WILSHIRE Fireplace dealers. You can see various models at their showrooms (listed at bottom of page) and get answers to any questions you may have about products and prices. Most dealers can also show you all the possible variations, thanks to a CD-ROM.
Which authorities have approved the models?
The models have been approved in accordance with all significant international standards (DS 887, DIN 18891, SP 1425, NS 3058, §A15, VHR, EPA/UL, ULC, NF D 35-376, EN 13240). These approvals mean that the stoves have been tested for safety, efficiency (fuel economy), and environmental performance. DS-approval also means that the stoves can be used at a reduced distance from flammable materials (see each model under Products).
How large is the distance from flammable materials?
In tests, a minimum distance from flammable materials is measured. The distance a stove should be from flammable materials is specific to each stove and appears in the installation instructions. However, these distances should be checked against all national requirements.
If a wood-burning stove is placed on a flammable floor, it must always be placed on a surrounding plate of steel, glass or tiles. It is important to make sure that the plate meets the legislative requirements, both as far as insulation and size are concerned.
How many f3 can the stoves heat?
The stoves have been tested at specific BTU/kW-ratings. One kW can heat up to 100-200 f3 (10-20 m2) in a house with normal insulation. All stoves operate perfectly at levels above/below the tested output. The BTU/kW-intervals are stove-specific and appear under Products.
What variations are possible?
Most models are available with a choice of various handles, side covering, top plates, etc. Similarly, there is also a choice of a black or grey stove color. The possible variations mean that you can put together your own individual model, coordinated with the interior of your home.
What sort of chimney should I have?
Wood-burning stoves can be used with both steel stove-pipes and masonry chimneys. The required chimney dimensions and chimney drafts for the individual models appear in the installation instructions.
What are the comparative benefits of convection and soapstone/tiles?
A convection system ensures good air circulation around the stove and therefore good heating distribution in the space being heated. Soapstone/tile covering also traps heat and ensures stable heat output long after use.
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What is included in the weathervane?
All weathervanes include the figure, a steel rod, copper spacer balls, and solid brass directionals.
How do I mount the weathervane?
The easiest and most affordable way to mount a weathervane is to use our #401AL adjustable roof mount.
What is the weathervane made of?
The weathervane figure and spacer balls are made of pure copper. The directionals are made of solid brass, and the rod is steel.
What is the difference between the green and the polished finish?
The green finish is referred to as "patina." This is an artificial finish applied to give the weathervane the appearance of an antique. To some people, the polished finish is more appealing. After assembly, these weathervane figures are placed on buffers to give them luster and shine.
How long will the polished finish last?
Within one month the weathervane will lose its polished look and start to naturally tarnish on its own.
Are the weathervanes easy to assemble?
Yes, all you need is a screwdriver. Instructions are included. All the parts slide onto the rod and are secured by set screws.
Can weathervanes be used indoors?
Yes. some people like to decorate indoor flower gardens with these beautiful ornaments.
We live by the ocean and experience strong gusts of wind. Will the weathervane fall apart?
No. We recommend that you check that your weathervane figure spins freely after installation.
Which of the weathervanes are most popular?
The eagle, rooster, and horse have always been favorites. These figures are designs that date back to early colonial settlement.
Which weathervane should I buy?
You should buy the weathervane that best displays your personality, or identifies the area in which you live.
If the weathervane is pointing south, does this mean that the wind is blowing from the north?
No! The weathervane figure will always point into the wind or from where the wind is blowing.
Can we just buy the weathervane figure?
Yes. These figures make beautiful decorative pieces in the home.
Where can weathervane figures be placed indoors?
Weathervanes can be placed over fireplace mantels, on window sills, over kitchen cabinets, mounted on the wall, or on a display base on the floor or hearth utilizing consultation at our experts and display options.
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Which size cupola would look best for my garage or home?
The simple rule for selecting the correct cupola is: 1" of cupola per base for every foot of uninterrupted ridge line.
Should I be concerned about the height of the cupola?
No. All cupolas are designed and built to the proportion of the base size.
Which style cupola would look best?
Cupolas with the Jefferson copper top or Windsor style are very traditional in appearance and would look good on ranch or colonial type homes.
Cupolas with the Madison copper top or a Canterbury style are also a nice choice for colonial homes.
How long will the polished copper finish last?
After about a month, the polished copper finish will tarnish to a brownish color. Over time the finish will be antiqued (also called verdigris or patina).
You may lightly lacquer the copper top to delay tarnishing. However, discoloration, cracking or peeling will occur over time.
What is roof pitch?
The roof pitch refers to the angle or the steepness of your roof. Builders can use a carpenter's square to find the angle of a roof.