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Top Ten "Favorite" Hearth Necessities...

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by martel, Feb 16, 2006.

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  1. martel

    martel Member

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    We are so close to having our insert in, my wife turned to me and said: "okay, what do i need to buy." Interesting. It has been about 12 years since my last house with a stove. I thought: hmm, what do we need. SO, I am wondering what ia everybodies top ten (or five or fifty) hearth related essentials (tools may or may not be included).

    here's what we are working on:
    1. 8# maul, fiberglass shaft
    2. some attractive wood holder for next to hearth (wifey said absolutely not to a big rubbermaid container)
    3. Hearth tools: that is: stoker and ash shovel...
    4. ash can
    5. Hearth Rug (perhaps- love my wood floors)

    what else could you not live without? thermometers? stove top, room?

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Welder's gloves, smoke detector, CO detector and fire extingisher.
  3. martel

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    good point brother bart: got it, got it, got it and got it....

    on to the fun stuff?

    oh, and the baby hearth gate is on order.
  4. babalu87

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    Big piece of cardboard for when the fire alarm starts ringing
    Fan for when the cardboard doesnt do the trick ;)
    Shorts and t-shirts
    A duster for the TV and brickabrack
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    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    1. Chardonay.

    2. Glasses. (Not to be thrown in the stove after you empty them. That is for fireplaces only.)

    3. Baseball bat that would be required to wipe the s*** eating grin off of your face the first time you light it off.

    4. Coffee to keep you awake when you stay up all night the first time you do an all night burn.

    5. Flashlight for when you keep going outside to make sure the chimney isn't smoking.
  8. joshuaviktor

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    Champagne for the first successful overnight burn.
    Doctors note to explain why you didn't go to work after the first successful overnight burn
    box o kleenex for ths first second and third times you clean the ashes out, and get lots in your face.
    Seriously, though, did anyone mention fire extinguisher?
    oh! And cigar!
  9. martel

    martel Member

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    nice!
  10. JAred

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    1. Some fire starters when you are to lazy or tired from working all day to find some kindlin!

    2. Stove glass cleaner

    3. Log carrier or some other device so you dont get your pJ's dirty before bed.

    4. Party supplies.....Invite all your friends over And ask why they don't have a stove.

    5. Consider buiying the fiberglass maul till you get good again at spliting logs. then once you break that one after hiting the shaft a hundred times buy a wood one so you can replace it.

    6. My favorite the "the log grenade" sold at the the home desperet. replaces old fashoned wedges.

    7. Beer
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    A cute blonde?
  13. martel

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    Believe it or not I have 2 Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stouts in the fridge with a bottle of riesling (for the wifey) to commemorate our first burn... and she's a brunette.
  14. got wood?

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    1. ratty old boots that you can slip into w/o lacing up to march through the snow to grab wood, only to slip out of quickly and back into slippers upon return
    2. a good rake/hoe to comb trough your all night burns the next morning looking for that perfect charcoal!
    3. what...does no one drink whisky???
  15. JAred

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    yup part of the first overnite burn can't sleep crowd
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    I never knew Surfing and wood burning went hand in hand
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    That's right. Just look at the man's house! Out surfing, when he should have been watching his wood stove.

    <grin>
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    Or brunette

    No, its the right place for it

    Fires are romantic after all :rofl:
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    Great Question!

    There is so much unnecessary junk accessories out there that one does not need for a successful relationship with your new wood stove. Fireplaces are different, they require much more tending.

    My VC tending tools go as follows:

    One very good poker, not too long handled, be careful with it around the glass and firebrick.

    A good ash bucket, two if you are going to be burning a lot. They fill up very quickly. Keep it on the ground, not on the deck.

    A small stool kept nearby, so you can plunk your bum down when its time to have a good clean out/fill up of the stove. I find it saves the back and makes the job much more enjoyable.

    A good shovel, I have find the old fashioned coal-type the best. Paid $4 for it new, its just plain stamped steel with crimped corners.

    Glass cleaner in a spray bottle. I have used less than 1/2 of one in 3 years, but when you need it, its the best.

    Some kind of firestarters. I buy a pressed log and cut it into hunks. You get about 20 or 30 per log. Works great. I use about 3 logs a year.

    A dust buster and a small wisk broom/dust pan....keep that hearth clean and as uncluttered as possible, keep the dust down.

    An old washtub made of tin, to keep your wood in, standing on end so no piece gets trapped on the bottom, destined never to make the cut and actually get burnt in the stove. A smaller metal container for kindling is handy too. I use an old high sided stainless steel pot I picked up at a garage sale.

    A couple of small fans, to occasionally push the heat a little quicker or farther.

    That's about it. It goes without saying, good wood, and as big a variety as you can get your hands on. Kindling, 1-2" rounds or splits, then progressively bigger/harder. For the next two weeks, we shall need our best wood. Its going to be cold enough for the temp/wind to really get into all those cracks and crannys of the best house.

    Safe heating all, enjoy the warmth that only a well tended wood stove can bring to our lives.

    Donna
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    Bingo, I regulary sfit through the ashes after they cool for charcoal. That all goes right into my Big Green Egg for some good oak flavor on my steaks!

    As for whiskey, it's OK, but I prefer a nice bottle of Ron del Barrilito to sip with my Brador.
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    Bourbon or Scotch here please

    If I can pick and choose its Bookers and Langavulin if you please
  24. elkimmeg

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    A few things that will not make the top ten

    1. Nothing romantic about Boone's Farm Apple wine

    2. Honey you tracked mud in the house and there are pieces of bark everwhere

    3, why do you have to keeping opening the stove and get smoke in the house. The ceilings are turning yellow

    4. The shop Vac Filter is useless and you will be dusting the house for weeks.

    5. when cleaning out the stove try to get the ash in the bucket next time

    6. Nothing romantic about having the fire extinguisher on the couch between you and your partner

    7. nothing romantic about setting off the smoke alarms

    8. You are giving the stove more attention than me

    9. Nothing romantic when you exclaim oh sh** I forgot to open the damper when loading as smoke billows into the room..

    10 Gosh darn my kids sand pail shovel just melted
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    Off-topic, but if you like the Samual Smith's Oatmeal Stout, which is one of my favorite beers, see if you can get the Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout. It may only be available in the DC area (Old Dominion Brewery is in Norther Virginia) but it's good enough that it's worth looking for.
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