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Oslo in the house...now what!!?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Duramaximos, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Duramaximos

    Duramaximos Member

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    Well that was no small feat, but my wife and I managed to pull the Oslo into the house today. Used a wheeled pad, a plywood ramp and cable winch to pull the stove up 4 stairs and into the front door. I feel much better knowing the stove is safe and sound in the house...whew! BUT I'm stumped....
    How the hell do I lift this massive stove off the pallet and wheeled pad, and lower it safely onto the ground? I mean, I can't budge this thing an inch.
    Anyone have some tips or suggestions for doing this? I thought my cable winch idea worked pretty slick today, but I used up all my creativity since I'm clueless now.

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  2. Blue Vomit

    Blue Vomit Minister of Fire

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    Invite large meat head friends over. Supply beer. Bribe them to move stove with previously referenced beer. Good luck.
  3. gasavage

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    Put that dude on a diet. Remove all of the fire brick, the door also if your're handy, then use the bribery mentioned above.
  4. logger

    logger Minister of Fire

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    4 guys should do it, one to a corner.
  5. Dakotas Dad

    Dakotas Dad Minister of Fire

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    We JUST did this for a neighbor. Built an "H" frame out of 2x4's big enough to give real handles to people at both ends of the stove, used straps around the stove and across the top where the frame was. You now have a good place to grip, and are able to lift fully with your legs. We did remove the ash lips, all the doors, ash grate and exaust manifold. Two women where able to lift/move the stove.
  6. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    This worked for me . . . honestly I never even had to help haul it in since I had so many volunteer helpers.
  7. Oldhippie

    Oldhippie Minister of Fire

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    ...yeah... but they grow 'em bigger in Maine. ..and they think stuff like that is fun.
  8. gbailey1972

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  9. avc8130

    avc8130 Minister of Fire

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    I 2nd the notion of stripping the stove. Once you pull out the fire brick, grate, doors, ash lips, exhaust and possibly the top it wasn't too bad for 2 people to heave. A paif of 2x4s slid underneat make nice pickup points.

    ac
  10. semipro

    semipro Minister of Fire

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    +1 The top is actually pretty easy to remove and very heavy. Remove all three doors and the ash shelf too.
  11. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    With one person on a corner of the stove it is not that hard to lift. That would be the simplest plan.
  12. Jim Buckhorn

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    That's pretty good. It's heavy. We did the same last November. To take it off the crate you'll need one more person who needn't be so strong.

    This is what we did:

    1. Bought wheeled coaster from Menards. They are a two-pack only an inch high and rated for 1800 lbs and expand to size. ($9.99)

    2. Use the coasters for clearance and dismantling the carry crate with a saw. To use the coasters, have two people work to lift up one end of the stove while the other end is stayed in position. A third person places the coaster underneath the side that is up without getting their fingers smashed. Then do this to the other side.

    It will take several saw cuts to dislodge the crate. We used a sawzall.
  13. xman23

    xman23 Minister of Fire

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    Sounds like you did the worst part, up the stairs. Mine came up a full flite of stairs. If you haven't done it already, take off the front, side doors, grate, ash pan door. If you take the doors off, look out for a small washer spacer under one of the hinge pin on each door. We used a refrigerator hand truck to move it + and a few guys.
  14. Green Energy

    Green Energy Feeling the Heat

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    +1 on the four guys on each corner. The doors, front ash lip, come off very easy, just lift them up. The top comes off after removing three small bolts.

    For the final adjustments of moving the stove the last few inches into place, a neat trick the guy at the stove store taught me was to cut out large squares of sheet metal and put them under each leg. The stove slides very easy on the metal in contrast with the legs directly on masonry. Get the stove's position fine tuned and then slide out the sheet metal.
  15. Benchwrench

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    I took my 520 lb. palletized stove out of my trailer by myself using (2) 8' 2x4's.
    It's amazing what leverage can do. I think this is how the pyramids were built.[​IMG]

    I'd get some 2x4's and a few buddies together to give you a hand. Sometimes they may have another way of movin' her.
  16. bjkjoseph

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    i did my woodstock by my self....off the trailer..on to wood planks..pulled one corner at a time....it slid along pretty easy...up two steps...slid it right on to the hearth, pallet and all...cut the pallet off with a sawzall.
  17. jotul8e2

    jotul8e2 Feeling the Heat

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    The grate lifts out as well.

    The doors (including ash pan door), grate, ash pan, and flue collar all are quick and easy weight reductions.

    I don't drink or have beer, but on a summer day ice cream worked pretty well. This time of year maybe a home made cake would serve.

    For final adjustments I used cardboard squares cut from a cereal box, slick side down. We have a tile hearth area. For brick the sheet metal idea would be far, far better.
  18. Duramaximos

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    Thanks for all the replies!
    I must be a real princess because I can't even budge it haha!

    I think I'll strip it down this weekend and give it another go...
  19. Stubborn Dutchman

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    Two men and a boy were able to lift my F600 off the pallet. We set it on a scrap piece of plywood so as not to damage the flooring. Then we were able to shuffle it over to its final resting place. I did take the doors off first. you couldn't peel the smile off my face once it was in position! Getting one more person should make all the difference in the world for you.
  20. begreen

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    Have extra body power on hand. It makes it safe and quick. We had our Castine out and the almost 600# T6 in place in about 15 minutes. And I am no spring chicken.
  21. Wade A.

    Wade A. Feeling the Heat

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    Furniture dollies and carpet (for sliding on floors) works wonders. I managed to unload my Castine from my trailer, get it up four stairs and into the house on dollies, working alone. I then stripped it down, put two pieces of carpet, one piece for the front legs and one for back legs, and slid it close to the hearth. I laid down a piece of 3/4 plywood over the lip of the 4" hearth and "walked" it up on to the front of the hearth. I put pieces of heavy cardboard under each foot and slid it into position. Did it on my lunch hour. I worried about doing it for weeks, and just went ahead and did it when I felt ready enough. You will too. The Oslo is a heavier stove, and probably not a one man job, but I'm thinking if you only have two, it'll go.
  22. Duramaximos

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    Hi everyone, I have a slightly sore back and my beer fridge needs re-stocking, but we got the job done today with the help of a few friends. :)
    Nothing fancy yet, but the stove is finally in it's resting place....

    sorry for the crappy blackberry pickture. More to come after we finish things off.
    [​IMG]
  23. Duramaximos

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    Reviving this old thread with an update.
    The project was slow, yet fun, and ultimately very rewarding. ...bonus is my wife and I are still happily married :argue2:.
    [​IMG]
    Credit to Robbie at Rona Black Diamond for the Jotul Oslo stove and ICC venting - excellent customer service from begining to end and the best prices in southern Alberta.
    Kootenay Forge for the hand made wrought iron corbels - again great customer service.
    Unidentified kijiji seller from Water Valley for the reclaimed fir timbers.
    Julian tile and Home Depot for the Travartine.
    ...yes I know I'm missing the right side base board...measure twice, cut once, check that next time :)
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  24. Oldhippie

    Oldhippie Minister of Fire

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    Gorgeous stove, nice installation!
  25. Michael Golden

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    Nice looking install!

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