Wood Stove Installed!

Ch installed a wood stove in the living room.

It’s so pretty.

I catch myself just looking at it.

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As you can see, there are a few bits I need to touch up with stain, and some ash to clean up beneath the door, but it’s so pretty and it did such a good job keeping us warm last night, I just had to post. It took a long time to get to this point and we’re so glad to be here.

The Earth Stove is a vintage 1970’s model with a goldenrod ceramic shield in the center of the removable door. It the quickest wood stove we’ve ever had: It can boil a pot of water, from first spark to rolling bubbles, in half an hour. Although you can’t see it in this picture, it has an adjustable, outside air, intake damper. It has a flue damper too, so we can control the draft, either increasing or decreasing the rate of burn.

The bricks are beautiful gray and natural reddish, king bricks, set with natural colored mortar. The process was a mess but well worth it!

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At the same time, we also venetian textured the walls. Venetian texture requires the application of many layers of colored plaster. We went with a neutral light gray, lighter than the mortar but not a stark white, despite our minimalist leanings.  We’re thinking about adding vertical boards for the traditional waddle and daub construction look, but it’s just a thought at this point!  Honestly I’m glad the stove project is coming to a close. It was a lot of work, but well worth it!

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