Thursday, September 23, 2010

First Fire - not quite yet.

For many, many years now we have heralded the first day of Autumn by kindling the first fire of the season in our wood stove.  We have done this for about the past 12 years now and believe me there were years when it was tough to hold out until that first day of Autumn came round on the calendar.  Early September mornings can have quite a nip in the air to them, as memory serves.  But that has not been the case for years...more often the weather is still very warm and only the smallest ceremonial type fire is lit to make sure all is well.

Despite the calendar, this year our annual "Blessing of the Hearth" will have to wait.  Not only is it really warm...too warm to think of lighting even a small fire....80 something degree hot... there is this other small matter....

See the problem?  This past summer the big project was sprucing up the woodstove area......



Isn't that looking so much better?  There is still the trim to do and of course we need an adapter to make up for the gap between the pipe and the chimney.  If we can swing it we might even be purchasing a new wood stove to take advantage of the tax credit that runs out after this year.  We love our little Jotul wood stove but it is a bit too small for our home.   A little tip - when shopping for a wood stove make sure you ask whether the heating space per square foot is based on *open* space or *partitioned* space.  Our stove would be just the right size if we had no interior walls!

I just hope that everything will be place before it does get really cold!

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