Sorry I have been posting later than I usually do, Tom has been installing our mighty pellet stove and has needed my help. It was installed yesterday and it works great! I am not thrilled that the grill is tacky, brassy! The pipe in the back is silver which I like, butttttttt when is the last time you saw any stove in silver. I don't understand why pipe people wouldn't have them be black. I know, I know I can paint it which I will, but why make extra work. I have been into paint so much lately, I am getting burnt out!!
I also wanted to showcase the hearth pad Tom just made. It was made with a piece of 3/4 in. plywood, cement hardy backer, then we picked out some ceramic tile. We were lucky because Tom saves scrap wood so we had the piece of plywood already. (Free is for me!) The pad was finally encased with oak. It's awesome!! We have only turned it on a couple of times, but the flame makes it homie,...... homie.
P.S. and with the money we save in the oil bill, I'll be able to get my thrift shop on even more.