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Hearth Part 1

The nightmare that is the fireplace may someday come to an end.

Not only do we have to replace everything from stove to chimney, but we also have to increase the size of the hearth. The current hearth is made out of concrete. So, although we would love to make something that looks nice, we knew that we should remain with the current materials, and save the expense of something new (for another time).

The project is is finished for step one. We will be adding more concrete and making everything “pretty” this spring.

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One Response to “Hearth Part 1”

  1. Wendy says:

    Your woodstove saga brought back some … memories :) . We decided to replace our old, very inefficient woodstove in 2008. Our old cement pad was too small. Our woodstove sits in the middle of a very long and narrow room – one side of which is wood flooring and the other side is carpeting, and so doing what you’ve done (which looks great, by the way :) was not an option. We had to dig out the old hearth (with a jack hammer … that was fun ;) , bring it down to level with the floor, and then, use a fireproof pad under our woodstove. It’s not so pretty, but it’s functional and will just have to do until we can rip up the carpet and redo the floors.

    I couldn’t be happier with our wood heat, though, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s just so much more comfortable than the oil furnace we used for (too many) years ;) .

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