The hubbs is replacing all the stove pipe over the next few weeks. We expect the upgrade will be not only more safe but more efficient, as well. We have begun to source firewood and hope to have a cord bought, split and stacked by October 1.
Since the hubbs is going to open up the window area where the stove pipe currently vents, we have decided to upgrade it a bit, as well. The entire window opening and plate glass will be removed. One third will be framed out for the vent. This portion will have cement board, tile the interior with leftover tile from another project, and trimmed for finished look. The exterior is going to be faced with thin brick veneer or concrete block veneer--Yes there is such a thing!-- if we can find it local at a reasonable cost, which can then be painted the same color as the garage. The remaining 2/3 portion of the opening will have a functional window, big enough to install a small window unit A/C.
The hubbs is unsure if he wants to install the window before winter. He said he may just board and cover it for the winter but he would finish the stove pipe vent side. He said he wanted to empty the room, paint, install his exhaust ventilation (because he is a smoker) and set up the wood stove. Personally I think it can all be done before the cold snap but he said he would like to focus on the back of our house and installing the kitchen door. I found that to be a logical reason. Shhhh don't tell him I actually like his idea!
This was not a project on our lists and may seem somewhat frivolous given all the other things we need to do. However, I felt we are always focused on the house and the poor hubbs is an afterthought. He works so hard and deserves a nice comfortable place to relax. Since he prefers hanging out in his man room after work, I think it's a fair trade off, as I have a nice updated kitchen.
Anyone else planning ahead for winter?