Some of you have been wondering about the status of our wood cookstove and whether or not we'd installed it.
In a word, no. Not yet. We've been blitzed with tankard orders and needed to get things done. Besides, we want to install the stove properly, and the infrastructure will take a little time.
So the stove has been patiently waiting in the barn.
But we wanted to move it into the house in order to see how it fits in its appointed space. The stove weighs about 450 lbs. Don used the tractor's tine attachments to lift it out of the barn.
To get it into the house undamaged, we put an old blanket on top so nothing would scratch, then put ratchet straps around the stove.
These straps were designed to anchor vehicles, so they're huge. We bundled the long ends and rubber-banded them so they wouldn't dangle and get caught under the tractor tires.
We put two straps around the stove, then used a third strap and looped it around the lower straps so the tractor could lift and dangle the stove.
You'll notice it's still bolted to the pallet. The reason for lifting the stove is we have porch steps to get it over, as well as a low porch roof to get it under.
Don carefully maneuvered the stove over the steps and through the doorway. Notice the low beam on the porch he had to avoid.
Then he lowered the stove to the floor and I took the straps off the tines. The stove is now in the house.
We manhandled the stove off the entry platform onto a furniture mover. (We couldn't use the furniture mover in the driveway because it won't move on gravel.) The house was a mess with tracked-in mud, shoved-aside furniture, and other evidence of a heavy lifting job.
We're not ready to install the stove yet, but with it in the house we can start measuring how large a platform to build, etc. We could also assemble the various parts it came with.
It comes with a small seven-gallon water tank that affixes to the back of the stove.
That's as far as we've gotten so far. As I said, we've had lots of tankard orders and other commitments that have pushed the priority down on installing the stove. But I still can't wait to start using it!