Good News and Bad News. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems. The wood stove hearth is now the issue. The cheapest way to do it is with a slab of bluestone. So I went over to the stone place to look at the stone. Unfortunately bluestone is pretty boring..looking mostly like cement. Not really what I wanted. The man at the stone place showed me hearth pads made of tile or stone. Better, but a bit pricey.
I was going to try to order it for next Wednesday when the stove arrives when it dawned on me…why not have my Chimney Sweep build me a hearth? He is not just a chimney sweep. He has already built a chimney for us for our furnace. I talked to him tonight and he agrees that would work. In fact it would be better because if we do have to put something on the walls (that depends on clearance and we won’t know for sure until we actually set up the stove) we can incorporate that into the design of the hearth. All good yes? No. That will take longer and he doesn’t have enough time next week.
All of this is complicated by the fact that we are going to Ireland on the 11th for two weeks. Not that I am complaining, I love Ireland, but it makes time for the wood stove tight.
So we will get our wood stove on Wednesday…he will come and install the pipe and hook up the stove, and we will figure out the hearth. But he won’t be able to do the hearth until we get back. So we won’t be able to use it quite yet. Like all house projects, it will go on longer than anticipated. But that seems to be the way things work…at least for me.
It will be fun to design the hearth. I designed our fireplace when we got that…..