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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by ScotO, Oct 26, 2011.
There's your new career if you ever need one Scotty! Beautiful meticulous job!
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No, Clem. That's what I am doing this week. Final stonework and mantel are being done this week. I'll do a thread on the whole progression of the project when I get it done.
Thanks Charly. I LOVE doing stonework, I think I may have missed my calling. I already have a guy in a neighboring town that wants me to do some natural stone in his home (he saw my work on facebook and has been bugging me for a year to do some at his house). If the RR ever goes belly-up, I will be doing stonework and treework full time.
I really appreciate the compliments, guys. Honestly, I don't see that big of a deal. I feel I've been pretty sluggish and wish I worked a little faster on it, but with more-or-less two jobs, three kids, and LIFE in general, it's hard to get time to anchor myself to the project. But with Christmas right around the corner, and my wife desperately wanting to decorate that room, I'm staying at it til it's done. I missed out on the PA bear season (which has been a tradition for me for years) with all the crew up at camp, and they are mad at me (but they understand), but sometimes you gotta put your priorities in line. My wife and kids have been patient over the years, now it's time to get it done.
I'm sure you'd be booked!
Shucks, Charly......thanks for the compliments. That means alot to me. Makes me feel a little better about my work.
I've found the biggest problem with doing work for yourself is that YOU become your BIGGEST critic. And it don't help that I have OCD to an extent. So, I get really mad at myself for critiquing my work so much......
BTW, I LOVE that hearth with the Woodstock! Looks very nice! I'm still jealous over your Esse Ironheart!
Just reading this thread about the installation makes me tired.
Said it before, and i will say it again. You are a very hardworking individual, who is exceptionally talented, and quite modest, to say the least.
Awesome work Scotty... Looking forward to the final/ finished thread.
Will this Fireplace make the house wood heat only? Or will you still need zone heat somewhere, due to house layout?
Me too, BBar!
Thanks Dex. Our house has been heated with wood since 2008, no other heat has been used. I have two gas furnaces (one is brand spanking new and never has even been used), the other was only used a couple of seasons (before we put the 1900p in the kitchen). This fireplace will make it really nice as we will be able to kinda go "back and forth" between the two stoves. It will be MORE than enough to heat that room with just an occasional fire.
Man, can't wait for this week; got a few things to look forward...a short work week, Thanksgiving, and Scotty's install!
That will be your next project,,,, a nice hearth area for an Esse. I can only imagine what you could do with that. It's good to care about what you do. Too many people now a day are cobbers! Thanks for the compliment. Your build is just amazing. I always worry something won't get done in time and then when it's finished, I realize I worried for nothing, but that just me. Better to be that way then not caring about getting something finished. Even residing an old chicken coop here, I made sure the new clap boards matched up perfect going around the corners. Used a speed square to match the corners. Even though it's just a chicken coop, it would have bothered me that the corners didn't match perfect. It's a good sickness Scotty!
Glad you'll have the chimney finished in time to enjoy it for Christmas. Hope you post pictures of the stockings hung by the chimney with care....
You've done work to be proud of.
That chicken coop is awesome! great job, great pics, and nice attention to detail. I'm gonna call you Charly Overkill......
That's an honor! Speaking of Overkill,,,,, when ever I put in a wall switch or receptacle,,, I always may sure the cover plate screws are facing straight up and down. Even the receptacle screws in the chicken coop! I told one guy that and he said what are you German, I said yup! Don't want the chickens to be bad mouthing my work! Wire ties all go on the same way too, it's important! I have a small pair of side cutters I use to neck tight my wire loops on the screw terminals on switches or receptacle's. Then tighten the screws and electrical tape goes around the screws . Never , ever a problem! Overkill is good! I even use dial calipers once and a while to set all my cutters on my saw back to an even length. Saw does cut sweet. Easy and quick for me to do because I've done it for over 30 years. It's all good for your mind Scotty! They must like you at the RR doing such good work. No place for cobbers there,,, have a few friends that have worked there as well. Hey , I worked for a Harley dealer as a tech for 10 years,,,, I wonder why a lot of people that came in asked the service writer if I could work on their bike? To me it all makes life worth living. If it can't be done nice I have no interest in doing it. Guess it's a good sickness! It soothes your mind and soul! Sorry about getting things off topic here. Caring about your work quality is not something I think that is taught, I believe it's in your genes!
Scotty... That whole project is just freaking incredible. Fantastic.. I see you made it in time for Thanksgiving after all.
I love the stone veneer on the chimney chase. That's one of the things that bugs me about modern construction.. Chimney chases covered in siding.. Just looks wierd.. Chimneys just gotta be brick or stone
Well I didn't get a chance to post pics last evening of the break-in fire, it went as expected. The unit had to "burn off" as do all new stoves, so needless to say the room was full of noxious smoke last evening. But man I am impressed with the heat this fireplace puts out! Only burning a split or two every 4 hours and the room is still in the mid 80's! The insurance man is coming over tomorrow to inspect it before I close it off, then its off to the races with stonework!!
Last night's break-in fire ......
Pic from a moment ago. Have a split of silver maple and a split of elm on and she's cooking me out in here!
Sweet! That's what I'm burning, silver maple. Took down two monster silver maples here last fall. Wood dried out nice.
The longest install ever finally has fire!
I'm interested in the burn time you get from that SOB.
Looking good Scotty! Kinda like the appetizer before the big meal (sticking to the Thanksgiving theme this week)
Where is the heat ducted to? Pardon my ignorance
Is it going into existing HVAC? Or just that room? The 3 ducts behind it look to come out under the hearth? But I don't see vents?
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Either way, its got a honking Huge firebox and some great #'s. I just looked it up for the 1st time. That isnt even in the same category as a Fireplace? Dont know why they call it such a thing. That is a heater and is designed as such.
You are a machine. Glad your "On Track" still.... Tick tock - Tick tock- Tick tock.
Thanks, BBar. I haven't really timed it yet, but that baby has a LOOOONG burn time. Last night, before I quit for the night at 9:00, I put two bigger silver maple splits on and cut the draft way down. Now, mind you, SILVER MAPLE, not sugar maple. I went out and checked on it before bed and it was in the low 80's out there in the LR (it's totally sealed off from the rest of the house so I have to go outside and go through the front door to get in.
It was in the upper 20's last evening, got up this morning around 7:00 (yes even I sleep in on vacation days sometimes!), went out and there was still a thick coal bed in that stove and the room was 82 degrees!
Granted that room is insulated to the Nth degree, I went all out on insulation and a good plastic vapor barrier behind the tongue and groove ceiling. I'll get an official overnight time eventually when the room is done and we get some good cold temps here.
Dex, those ducts are run under the hearth (see the beginning of this thread), two of them will be connected to a dedicated duct in the basement that will have it's own thermostatically controlled blower motor and will split into three runs. One will go off that duct into my downstairs bathroom, one run over to the back of the dining room, and the other run into the kitchen....
The other duct coming out of the right side of the fireplace is the blower for the living room. It takes air out of the kitchen and pulls it round another channel on the stove and blows into the living room. The small line on the left side is the OAK.
Thanks Jeremy. I agree, nothing has the charm and character of stone and red brick. All that stone is natural, and I picked every one off of the mountains around our house.....
Yep.... Thats not a Fireplace Thats a Furnace
I knew they were ducted, but wow......
Looking forward to burn times, register temps, and your overall review after a season of operation.
I have pre-fab that I have been wanting to rip out. The Wife likes the BIS Ultra (pull pre-fab out, and slide insert in), but for a little more money and a little more work, of these would be Much Better.