I am not going to lie I so miss my fireplace in many ways……the number one thing I loved about my fireplace is that on Christmas I would sit on the hearth and enjoy my husband and my kids opening presents and sipping on my coffee. I also loved seeing the flames behind the glass but my husband has that on another project list we have that is ongoing.
Well with the new wood stove the actual hearth is gone and taken up by the wood stove but not having the hearth to sit on is the only downside of the wood stove insert. My husband “The Viking” in my life collected enough free fire wood to keep us in wood until February last winter keeping our utility bills dramatically lower than before we had the wood stove insert installed. The beauty of this wood stove insert is that it was FREE! VERY HEAVY and luckily our neighbor helped my husband to go get it but it was FREE! However not very pretty so my husband bought the stove black paint and found a beautiful architectural piece at a scrap yard that had previously been part of a gate. It is really beautiful now and we get compliments on it all the time!
And the best part of all it heats this entire house in the winter for much of the winter. One advantage of living in a 1500 square foot brick rancher! They obviously don’t make the model of wood stove we have anymore but had we gone out and bought one it would have been around $950 or so we felt like it was a great savings plus a bonus is that I don’t think Biltmore actually makes wood stoves anymore although they do have a Biltmore Hearth and Home store. Thanks for stopping by our lil’ homestead 😉
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