Is that a fire? Quick!.. call 911!!! Relax, it’s just the wood burning in our new woodstove… in our living room!
WHAT? It’s 93 degrees outside??
Just Kidding… 😉 no, we are not burning a fire quite yet, but as soon as it gets below 50, or maybe 40, we can’t wait to smell that smokey goodness, wood… burning in our home!
I am so looking forward to some cooler weather!
I can tell you this project was one of the easiest projects we have dealt with so far. Why? because we hired someone else to install it, and it only took one day! This guy was a professional and he did an awesome job, just a little planning from me, some assistance from Gary, and some of our hard earned money is all it took.
I even went out of town for two days and when I got home, it was done! How cool is that?
Normally, when we have hired someone in the past, it is always music to my ears to hear the hammering, drilling, sawing, etc. knowing that we were not the ones making all that noise. This time I wasn’t even here to watch, I’ll admit I was a little nervous though, only because I like to oversee things but I let go of the controls and trusted in my husband to oversee the install, he did very well and even took some pictures of the progress, for the blog! I knew I could count on him!
First, here is a before shot, over 10 years ago.
There was a gas stove here and although the style was cool, gas is just not what we desired, so we removed the gas line, stove and pipe.
and this is how it looked after we removed the pink plaster, the trim and the drywall…
…and this is how it looked just a few weeks ago…
The stove is a Vogelzang Highlander high-efficiency woodstove that Gary purchased several years ago, and it has been sitting in storage collecting dust, patiently waiting to be installed.
After reading the installation manual and researching the pipe pieces and parts required to install, we decided it was probably a good idea to hire a professional to be sure it was installed properly and safely, and of course , without the stress and frustration. Before it could be installed, we had to have a hearth to sit it on and protect the floor from embers. So, following the manuals minimum clearance requirements and making little adjustments (actually we designed it a little larger than required) we came up with this size and design.
Next, we had to decide what material to make it out of. After some debating on tile, brick, or metal and still not sure, I went to a granite and stone yard and took a drawing with the measurements, a brick sample previously removed from the chimney in the kitchen, and found a remnant of granite that went well with the brick color and had it cut to size.
I went out of town at this point but I got the story and though missing a few photos, I’ll do my best to describe.
First Jerry, the installer, after taking measurements and determining the center, drilled a small hole into the ceiling, through the ceiling and through the attic floor, then went upstairs and measured and cut out the hole in the attic flooring.
The placement of the hole was right were a ceiling/floor joist happen to be, so he then cut the joist out using the reciprocating saw,
he taught Gary a neat trick by plunge cutting into the plywood flooring, and then framed in the square hole.
Then they installed the ceiling support.
( I’ll need to cover up that ugly hole with something decorative )
Now your probably wondering why we didn’t use the existing flue in the chimney, well that was the original idea and it could have been done, but it would not be as efficient because of the 90 degree bends, and it will be much harder to clean, and a lot more expensive as well.
Then Gary and Jerry carried the 200lb granite slab into the house and the 300lb stove into the house as well. Glad I was not there to watch this, a little nerve racking…They laid thinset and the granite in place, then the woodstove on top.
…and yes, I know what you are thinking, “Is that 500 lbs of extra weight going to fall through the floor?? ” I asked this of Gary and he assured me that the floor joists underneath are very strong and will hold this weight without a problem. Whew, OK then…
Here is the finished installation
We will install some wood finish trim around the edge of the hearth and stain it to match the floor
Soon, we will have our first fire!!!
So, what are you looking forward to enjoying this season? Soft sweaters? Cozy blankets? Hot chocolate? Family celebrations?
for me … All of the above!
“Fall” is such a wonderful time of the year!!