Arkansas weather is being, well, Arkansas weather. A friend described it as "winter weather whiplash." The temps have been on a yo-yo and my sinuses are NOT enjoying the ride.
We've been dreaming of a wood stove since we moved to the hill. I guess
you could say since we moved back to Arkansas since our first house
didn't have one either. In San Antonio we longed for days cool enough to
build a fire in the fireplace. But when we move further north where the
winters actually feel like winter we were fireplace-less. We also worried about not having an alternate heating source since our house in all electric.
I was determined to have a wood stove that was pretty. One that complemented the decor of the living room and wasn't a big black box (I was willing to paint it if need be.)
But this year Craiglist brought a Christmas Miracle. A man had bought a new house with a wood stove in it but his wife wanted it out. (In my opinion she must have not been right in the head.)
We spent most of our Christmas vacation building the hearth and bricking the wall.
(I plan to continue under the chair rail eventually.)
Our goal was to have it operational by the end of January. And after much waiting on stovepipe and cutting holes in the ceiling and buying elbows for the piping (Good Lord we spent more on those than the stove. They aren't cheap.) theeeeeen, cutting a hole in the roof (that was not without a lot of nervousness on my part)..........
We were able to enjoy our first fire in our wood stove this weekend!
67° F weather. Our second fire sent us running to open windows last night when the thermostat reached 79°. But rest assured its 31° today.
And I'm looking forward to curling up on the couch tonight and enjoy the show.