So I hung the old kitchen cabinet on the wall with some cleats. That was a pretty quick job, although I put the cleat on the back of the cabinet just slightly out of level. . . an easy fix on another day. For now, it’s off of the top of the woodstove.
Speaking of the woodstove. . .
Well this stove has been in the basement for probably 15 or 16 years. It was one my brother took on trade years ago. It was made by Hearthstone, in Vermont I think. I don’t think they make this model anymore, but at the time it was manufactured, I was told that it was the heaviest “portable” woodstove ever made. I think it was somewhere in the 800lb range. Which is why after the inner castings were burnt out and the mortar around the soapstone bricks dried up, it sat in the basement because it was just too much work to move. So I tackled that one yesterday. This behemoth was cast iron frame with about 1.25” thick soapstone bricks over the sides and top. When we put it in the house we had to back a truck up to the front door, remove everything we could from the stove ie doors, feet, etc. We then nailed a sheet of plywood to the stairs and hooked a block and tackle to the back of the truck and slid the stove in to the basement. Nobody wanted to come and help take it out. This thing was severley burnt out on the inside, so the only way to get it out was to take it apart piece by piece. Here’s a picture at about a third of the way complete.
You can see the top plate laying in the bottom of the stove and how big the hole burnt through it is.
Well that took up pretty much the whole day
For now I’m going to save these soapstone bricks, but they need to get out of the woodshop. Here’s about a third of them.
All the cast iron frame and pieces have been taken piece by piece outside and under the back deck for now, waiting for spring cleanups ultimate garbage day.
Well, I think I’m off to do a little job hunting and then see how much time I have today to tackle some more of my list.
PS Anyone know of any jobs in eastern Canada, sales, etc. Let me know :)
-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta