The wood stove is finally in! It was a lot more work than we anticipated, though we shouldn’t really be surprised by that anymore.
The biggest part of the installation was removing a row of bricks from the surround so it would fit inside our existing fireplace (I was cleaning up brick dust for a week!). We also had to wait for several weeks for the right parts to come in (shorter feet to help make it fit the space, and a custom made flue adapter).
My stubborn husband was so determined to get it installed last night, that after cutting the old damper out, and struggling with getting the liner around a curve in the chimney and into the top of the stove, he headed up on to the roof at 12:30 (a.m. – I’m surprised the neighbors didn’t call the police) to put the cap on the flue liner.
Jotul makes gorgeous, efficient wood stoves, and I love that they’re made from recycled iron. With the crazy weather that we’ve been having this winter, at least now we can be sure that we won’t freeze if the power goes out. Temperatures are supposed to go down below freezing again for the next few days, so it looks like it will be getting lots of use.