I scored the stove off craigslist in early fall. My aunt and uncle helped seal the deal and even brought it down one day in September. It's an Avalon, the smaller 796 model, which is perfect for the living space.
|Pre-installation, hung out in the garage for a bit|
A huge benefit and definite time and money saver is my slab foundation - I didn't need to do anything fancy, and could have just placed the wood stove on the concrete under the rug. But that hardly would have looked good, so we went with a basic tile hearth, with a half-inch of hardibacker to bring the area up so it was almost level with the carpeting around it.
Day 1: Prepping the space and placing the tiles; and easy job for my aftermorning when there wasn't quite enough snow to go skiing, and a clear need to procrastinate on grading
|Future home of the wood stove. Maybe not the perfect place, but central to|
the living room area
|Tiles! 13 of them - 12 for the hearth and one one for good luck|
|Hardibacker. Surprisingly easy to work with, despite the fear instilled by the|
internet forums. I decided to trust in the exacto knife, rather than spinning
|Also easy to break - the meager seam I had cut barely half-way through was |
more than enough for a clean break to the size I needed
|Rough placement; the blue tape is centered on the wall (but not on the room),|
and luckily the hardibacker had nicely etched lines for ease of lining up!
|I taped around the hardibacker . . .|
|Zoe began scoping out prime heat-gaining real estate before she knew what|
|I hate carpet tack strips! I managed to get it off with a hammer, |
a flat head screw driver and a chisel. At least, I got the wood slats out.
|Damn tacks. . . Luckily my sister's dremmel came in handy!|
Beware the laser-beam cat
Day 3: Lattice trim
|12 feet of lattice, a miter box, a saw, some nails, and a staple gun|
|Again, Zoe tests good sleeping locations|
I had a company from down in Randolph do the installation; the guys were great - even moved the stove into place for me (which is good, as I wasn't sure where I would find enough rugged friends whom I could ply with beer and pizza). I know the chimney isn't ideal, with the two 90 degree turns, but so far I haven't had much trouble getting the fire to draw. If it becomes an issue, I'll figure something out!
|Hello, new friend!|
|Perfect spot found.|