Saturday, November 17, 2012
We replaced the Vigilant with a Hearthstone Heritage which I just love. The soap stone keeps the heat, the stove is easy to light and keep going and it warms us very well. We hardly use the oil burner on days like today. In winter when it is really cold we do have to run the heat to prevent the bathroom from freezing. It's an old house.
A new soapstone stove (Hearthstone or Woodstock) , large enough for the shop, would cost about three grand, we think. Well, I found one on Craigs List that was only 1100 bucks. It wasn't too far away (closer than some sewing machines I have purchased)
Ok so it doesn't have a catlytic converter and there is no ash tray. BUT it is HUGE and it has all that mass of soap stone to hold the heat. I am happy.
The guy loaded it into the pick up with his tractor. Now all we have to do is get it off, into the shop and hooked up. No small feat for something that weighs 600 pounds. Our tractor won't manage it. It barely could handle the Heritage. BUT we have friends and neighbors with big equipment. Soon I cam have real heat in the shop. So that when I want to work out there all weekend, it will stay warm from Friday through Sunday.... Oh happy day.