Warning: This first entry is going to be kinda long. I managed to get some stuff done on the installation of the Fahrenheit furnace I picked up off Craigslist last week. I spent a bit of time cleaning it up while it was still in the garage, mostly vaccuming fines out of the hopper and removing various pieces and parts so I could get it down my basement stairs. The extended hopper had to come off, as did the door, cold air return, intake tube and firebox door handle. The less damage I'd do to the walls going down the basement stairs, the happier the wife would be. I hit it with the air compressor and blew the dust bunnies out of the heat exchanger tubes, blowers, you name it. Good thing there was a stiff south wind yesterday. The dust cloud blew right out of the garage. After that, it was off to the local hardware store to rent an appliance dolly. Best $15 I spent yesterday. Made a phone call to a buddy of mine, and we were ready to go. To say its difficult getting large items in and out of my basement is an understatement. I had to remove the door that comes in from the garage to the top of the stairs and remove the handrail going down the steps. I measured a few different times and thought I'd have enough room. I was short by an inch as I hadn't factored in the size of the wheels on the appliance dolly. Getting it down the stairs was easy, until we got to the bottom. Once we got to the bottom of the steps, the furnace was up against the wall and the wheels of the dolly were still on the steps, rolled about a third of the way down the last step and it wasn't going forward or backwards. 350 pounds or so was hanging in the air about 4 inches off the landing at the bottom. A few minutes of thinking and head scratching and we came up with a solution that included wood scraps, landscape pavers and a floor jack. We jacked the unit up, slid some pavers under it to give it something to rest on at the front side, then jacked it up some more. My buddy got the dolly out and the unit was perched on the floor jack and board, with the landscape pavers holding the front side. We let the floor jack down, pushed forward on the furnace, removed the jack, strapped it to the dolly and moved it to the other side of the basement, which was uneventful. After returning the appliance dolly, I pulled off the exhaust housing and combustion blower. It was a bit plugged up in there. The vanes on the combusion blower blades were caked with about 1/8" of soot. I'm guessing it had been a while since it was cleaned. The original owner gave me the extra new gaskets he had, so I buttoned it all back up after things were cleaned. That was enough for one day. Miller time had come. This morning I made a trip to Menards, the first of two for the day. Today was the last day of their 20% off bag sale, so I crammed in all the little pieces I needed for electrical and what not. I ran the electric to the wall behind where the unit will sit and measured a few more times before marking the hole where the vent pipe is going to go. I borrowed a big Hilti hammer drilll from work and went to town. Didn't take too long to get through both sides and see daylight, along with a cold blast of air. A bit of finesse with a hammer and chisel and I had a round hole the pipe fit through with a bit of rise to it was well. I plugged the hole with insulation and moved to the next task - the hole for the OAK. I must admit that I am a sinner and do not have an OAK on my pellet insert. It wouldn't be hard (a 12 foot run straight up the chimney). I just never did it. The manual for the Fahrenheit says that outside air is mandatory, and I figure there is no time like the present to "do it once and do it right". I marked the hole for the OAK, drilled, got another view of daylight and a blast of cold air, spent some more time with the hammer and chisel, hit my left hand with the hammer a couple times, then packed the OAK hole with insulation too. I was told by my wife that under no circumstances will she assist with the removal of any animals that get into our basement by way of those holes. What I haven't mentioned as of yet is the the top of my foundation wall sits about 2 inches above grade. The exterior of the house is brick which sits right on top of the foundation blocks. I didn't want to have to put a hole in the brick, plus it would be a PITA to get a thimble between the sill plate and the subfloor, not to mention I'm paranoid enough that I don't want my vent pipe being very close to wood if it doesn't have to be. I dug down a couple feet and installed a steel window well. Digging is easy in January when only the top three or four inches of ground is frozen. You can see in the pic that the top of the vent pipes and OAK will be a couple inches below grade. I'm going to pick up a bag of gravel and put it in the bottom of that window well just for the heck of it. I'll have to remember to clean the leaves out of that in the fall, but I do that with the other basement window wells already. The "window well" where the vent and OAK come out starts about 12 inches to the left of a window well for the room where the furnace will live (when standing inside the basement). The install docs mention that the vent has to be 4' from a window opening. There are two bedroom windows to the right and left of where the vent will be and both are more than 4' away. The basement windows are glass block, so I assume that the 4' part isn't all that important as that isn't an operational window. The vent is about 38" to the left of that window. It was the best that I could do with what I have to work with. My vent pipe specifies 1" clearance to combustibles, and I'll have right around 2.5" between the top of the pipe and the sill plate as it exits the house. The second trip to Menards was to get some duct work so I can extend my cold air return line a few feet. I got what I needed but ran out of energy. Time to sit back and relax for a bit. I'm waiting for Santa Claus (AKA the UPS guy) to bring me a few more pieces and parts. If all goes according to plan, I should have everything I need by the end of the week. The goal is to have it ready to go next weekend. Problem is, its supposed to be nearly 50 degrees next weekend. This reminds me of the year when I bought a new snowmobile. After I got it home it warmed up and rained for 3 weeks. I'll post more as I continue to make progress. .