Here she is, in all her glory!
This is what I found on Ebay, I was so excited……note the ‘damper’ in the front of the stove…..
and I was devastated (I exagerrate, I am never really ‘devastated…..just momentarily stunned) when it arrived to my house from Maine…….like…..this…..
Oh dear, the stove had been crated, a little bit of duct tape would have gone so far…….
but within a couple of hours I had an idea. Angle iron, with a little handle welded to it (note: this is an OLD stove, the parts are not available anymore)
So I quickly adjusted, and we were up and running.
In the context of my tiny house it looks like this:
I made the stove ‘backsplash’ out of ceramic fiber insulation, fire resistant up to 2700 degrees, and stainless steel. I surfaced the stainless steel with the pressed tin panels ($7.00 each with $20.00 shipping!). The granite……the granite comes from my neighbor Jose. He said he would do it for $50.00, I told him NO, I would only do it for $100.00, yes, really. He is a sweetie. Now I will make dinner for him and his wife : )
OH! and did you notice….by moving the fridge out of the kitchen I gained about 10 inches between the kitchen table and the stove. Now I am not afraid of catching my hair on fire anymore :-)
It heats the whole house, we are toasty warm, and uses very little fuel. We live in ‘the woods’ so we have gotten most of our fuel from downed trees, however, I did purchase coal to supplement, as it has been difficult to get the wood into the stove, it is quite small. I do not think we will even use the $80.00 worth of coal I purchased, it will last through the winter and still be there for next winter, and the winter after that.
We are vegetarians, so I was wasting precious space and energy with the large fridge. Even if you do eat meat, I think a small stove would still work, we waste so much food as Americans. It is a mindset, but bigger is not always better (sorry for the cliché). We now use a ‘dorm style’ fridge, which I painted to match the cabinetry. The wonderful lazy susan cabinet was $60.00 from Habitat for Humanity (where one persons trash is another persons treasure darn, I did it again) We do not waste food anymore. My hubby called the old refrigerator my ‘food rotter’. “Debra, I think it is finished rotting the lump of kale!”.
Sorry about the bad photo…….
Last, but not least, I can cook on my little stove. I am making lima bean vegetable soup, yummy:
I love my tiny house.
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