Tuesday, 9 December 2008

And it burns burns burns...

...hopefully not a ring of fire.

Well it's been a really long time since I last posted, a combination of having no time and loosing the pc-camera cable! These pictures are about a month old but isn't this the best sight ever? Finishing the chimney was more complicated than we expected, finding the right attachments for the flue, figuring out how to attach it to the masonry so it wouldn't shoot back inside the chimney when we needed to clean it etc etc. A 'T' junction was added to the bottom of the flexible flue to create a right angle for attaching the woodburner, a removable pot was attached on the bottom of the 'T' to collect soot/condensation. Using these handy metal strips we created a sort of spider to attach it to the front of the chimney and the bottom of the chimney was bricked back up. Using a very sophisticated bracket, made out of oven gloves and planks, we attached a piece of fire resistant plasterboard to the bare brickwork which needed to set overnight. By some sort of miracle we managed to cut the whole for the flue in the right place! Now the fire needed to stand on something strong and durable enough to handle all the soot and dust from the fire so we bought these 15x15cm blue stone tiles to make a hearth. The joints won't be filled until we lay the rest of the floor. On the pictures you can see just how dusty and dirty they are. The one remaining problem was that the wood burner needed feet, something to make it easier in case we have to move it. We had glass stove coasters from the 40's but the 250kg was too much for them so Koen cut pieces of blue stone from a reclaimed door step. I then sanded and sanded and sanded them smooth and rounded the edges off with a dremel. And voila! The stove needs blacking and the tiles need cleaning but you can get the general idea. It's been so nice to be able to heat up the house again and it's really necessary at the moment, the first snow of the season came early in November and stayed for about a week. And the old saying is true, if you want the best seat in the house, move the cat!

14 Comments:

House Home Garden said...

I detest living in a cold house and so I would have been especially pleased to have it working before the biting cold really kicks in.
I don't envy the hard work you having been putting in but once it is all finished you will be so happy!
I enjoy popping in and keeping up with your instalments - keep feeding me!
Lucinda.

Jenn P. said...

It is looking great! I love the wood burner!

Over The Top Aprons said...

Love your update .... we have a wood stove that we enjoy using when we do not want to use the heat/air system.
A wood stove is so warm and cozy. Your house is looking great. Fun to keep up with what is going on.

Gururaj said...

The fireplace is closed; which is extra-ordinary
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Claire said...

Hi Gururaj, you'll have to enlighten me, what is closed? I'm not upto speed on techy things :) do you mean something about the air-vents?
I'm confused! Love your site though!

vicky said...

i have always wanted one of those log burners, they look so traditonal - very jealous! :o

Claire said...

Thanks Vicky! Don't underestimate the cleaning that it envolves though, so much ash and dust flies out when you open the door, oh wel no pain no gain!

Michael said...

The fireplace has an antique sort of look
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Rumpleteazer said...

We have a wood burning stove which we love. It certainly cuts down on the oil bills!

Frank Schulte-Ladbeck said...

Oh wood fires are nice, but I have seen too many that were not cared for, so I decided against on in the house. I just built a little fire pit by the porch.

Jan said...

Wow so nice! Great work!

Closet said...

I appreciate your effort in getting the things done. The fireplace looks looks like antique and its nice.
- Cathrine

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I really love it. It's so nice! Thank you for sharing this.

Mold Catonsville, MD said...

Really cool looking fire place! Vintage!

<3 Lindsay

 

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