Saturday, November 21, 2009

Home Fires

This has been a project in the making for almost as long as I have owned this house.
Starting with buying a chimney cleaning brush on clearance in August of 2000. Then there was the bellows bought @ a tag sale four or five years ago. Last year was the class B double walled pipe, thru the wall kit, brackets, and braces.
Then in early October on our way to buy seconds @ an Apple farm in Leroy we stopped into a stove & fireplace dealership. LSS bought a floor model - Jotul F 602 CB. Heats 500 square feet so ruffly half of my home.
After ordering the rear heat shield I think I wrote a check for $800 something. I'll get back on the exact cost after all is said & done since, yeah you guessed it I'll be running a cost comparison. Wood heat vs. furnace.
Furnace hasn't been on since the stove got the heads up from the code man on Tuesday. Granted it has been slightly warmer than norm this month and I also keep that house on the cool side when it's just me during the day.
My brother did the tile work. He's a professional. As you can see it was worth every penny he does beautiful work. Between DH, myself (gofer), my brother, and nephew who actually climbed up on my 12 12 pitched roof the job got done.
As you can see I'm already utilizing the stove for cooking as well as proofing a few loaves of bread (extra large bowl). Far left is a two bed warmers made of soap stone that DH collected years ago. Cast iron tea pot back from China Lake N.A.S. when we had quarters with a fireplace.
Large trivets are actually plant stands from Martha.
Sad irons hmm gotta be from a steam show flea market.
Poker was a gift from a lady who was surprised that I knew what it was. She said it was in the cellar of her 1880's home.
So in honor of our new stove there is a new category - Hearth
~~ pelenaka ~~


  1. Congratulations on the stove! You will not be disappointed in it. We save a bundle with our wood fireplace insert, so I'd imagine that you'll do even better with an actual wood stove. There is more surface area on a wood stove so you'll get a lot more heat. Your temperatures and ours are pretty similar.

    Our insert heats our entire first floor, so we have not had to heat the downstairs at all this season (so far). We don't have a woodlot, since we live in the city, but 5 cords of firewood easily saves us about $1000-$1500 during the heating season.

  2. It's beautiful and I'm sure you'll agree well worth the wait! We heat our 1910 farm house with our wood cookstove. I just hate when I have to stop firing it in late Springtime, because I absolutely love to cook with it.

    We did all of the brick work, in fact it still isn't totally finished yet, we still need to place the top bricks, leaving vent holes, to let the air circulate from bottom of hearth to top( natural convection) It was required we have a 1/2" air space between the brick and the wall, so we decided, why not leave mortor out from between certain bricks( making a vent). Then doing the same on the bricks placed across the top. You can feel the air flowing from bottom to top, like a forced air vent.

    Anyway, your stove is beautiful, as is the tile work,and I love your stands for the bowl and cast iron kettle!
    Enjoy, there is absolutely NOTHING like wood heat.
    Blessings from,
    The Never Done Farm

  3. Nice setup.I think you will enjoy it.We have a woodstove in our home too.I figured it saves us about $1000 a winter with me cutting all our firewood.It's also comforting to know that if the power goes out we are still going to be able to stay warm.


  4. Thank you everyone for your comments. I meant to respond earlier this week but that would mean actually leaving my house (read wood stove)!
    So far so good but we haven't had a true snow fall yet just night time temps in the low thirties.


Thanks, good to know there are other's with this interest