UPDATE from Carole and Roger ....We bought 2 pieces of black stove pipe yesterday , (3 actually, but one might go back to TSC). We stopped at TSC and bought a 2 ft piece of black stove pipe, (and an ash bucket with a lid, and a can of high-temp black stove paint). Then we went to a stove place in Erie and bought a 2 piece slidder pipe kit. This is to allow you to remove the pipe from the stove end, by sliding one pipe up into another for easier removal, to enable you to clean out the stove pipe, from the floor of your house. If we are using that we won't be needing to use the 2 ft piece from TSC, (and an additional 3 ft piece of stove pipe that they didn't have). We bought the stove paint in anticipation of making a heat shield for the back of our stove and spray painting it to match the stove.
And now we are stuck .. again ... A big one this time .... We have 2 choices, (at the moment), and can't move forward until we figure this one out. Chimneys. We can choose to go with a stove pipe chimney from the kitchen up through the catwalk, upstairs on up to the roof and out, (about 21 feet to a barnstyle roof), using all stove pipe and needing to have a chimney sweep clean the stove pipe as we are 62 and not looking forward to climbing on a steep metal roof each time to clean it out, (in addition to cleaning out the chimney ourselves from the stove end). OR, .... knowing that the brick chimney is better in the long run, going up from the stove to the 2nd floor through the catwalk floor, (full log wall downstairs), then up past 6 ft tall windows upstairs, to where the log siding wall is and out to join into a brick chimney then up along the side of the house where we could use a ladder on the upper deck to do the clean-out ourselves from a tall step ladder... although in talking to the block layer we would need to wait until warmer weather to build the chimney, ....
.... OR to do option #1 with a combination of #2 added in ... to where we go outside over the upstairs windows .. then straight up with stainless steel chimney until warmer weather then build the chimney and scrap the stainless steel chimney in favor of the block chimney. (Extra expense but able to use the stove faster)....(Possibly resell the stove pipe to recoup some expense?)
Anyone have any other ideas to throw into the mix, or any thoughts on the subject?
We are also looking at stove boards, hearth boards, other thoughts on floor coverage. Our floor is plywood as we haven't added any flooring on top of that as of yet. How important is R value? Some of the stove boards are zero R value. Do we need to cover all the area undeneath and out in front of the stove and behind it too? Also how far out past the ash bin door? If we didn't build into the floor we could simply raise the whatever when we would finish the floor underneath. But, if we built a raised what's-it, it could elevate the stove to avoid stubbing your toe, (how far would be needed?), and a bit easier for coal / wood tending and cooking.
Thoughts are welcomed!