Our New House

Safely Displaying, Storing and Organizing Guitars

Safely Displaying, Storing and Organizing Guitars

I am trying to find a way to get all of Cliff’s guitars, amplifiers and the rest out of a big pile leaning against walls and at least a little more organized. There are a lot of posts and pages on the subject, but most […]

Fireplace Hood, Canopy or Heat Deflector

Fireplace Hood, Canopy or Heat Deflector

I’ve been looking at photos of the fireplaces in historic houses. I was trying to decide what will look best, or at least not stupid when I try to use an antique fireplace mantel with a new efficient gas heating stove. The idea is by […]

Mantel and Trim Clearance

Mantel and Trim Clearance

We want a gas stove that will actually provide practical heat. We want to use our antique mantel. And we don’t want our house to burn down. The stove cannot be pushed in close under our mantel. Minimum Clearances from the Stove to Combustibles This […]

Installing our Jotul Direct Vent Sebago

Installing our Jotul Direct Vent Sebago

We have pretty much finalized on the Jøtul GF 400 DV Sebago.  We just have to check all of the clearances now and make sure it will fit and won’t burn the house down. The PDF begins with “If the information in these instructions is […]

Comparing Vented Gas Stoves

Comparing Vented Gas Stoves

We want to have a fire in an antique mantel we bought. We have concluded that the mantel will go on the outside wall and the fireplace will vent through the wall. We gave up on the idea of it looking like a fireplace, so […]

Comparing Vent-Free Gas Stoves

Comparing Vent-Free Gas Stoves

I kinda had my heart set on adding a gas fire to make our antique mantel look like a real old fireplace. But it’s just not working. Anything that will fit doesn’t put out much heat. With the clearances it says we need, they won’t […]

Vented or Non-Vented Built-in Gas Fireplaces

Vented or Non-Vented Built-in Gas Fireplaces

We bought an antique mantel to put into our new house. We want to make the best choice for a gas fireplace to go in it. Vented or Non-Vented At first it seems like a non-vented fireplace might be better. They say they have up […]

Finding a Gas Fireplace for Our Mantel

Finding a Gas Fireplace for Our Mantel

We found an antique wood mantel on Facebook Marketplace while we were building our house. (It is mantel, el. A mantle is clothes. Spellcheck doesn’t catch this one.) We knew we wanted a gas fireplace to go with it, but which one? There were so […]

Nine Kinds of Native Azalea

Nine Kinds of Native Azalea

We decided on mountain laurel, rhododendron and azalea for all around the new house. My husband went to school with Richard Mucci. His wife raises native azalea. Cliff told me to take a look at the website: www.mountainmist-nursery.com and pick something out. About Native Azaleas […]

Packet from FEMA about Flood Insurance

Packet from FEMA about Flood Insurance

A packet came from FEMA today. They want to make very sure that we have flood insurance and that we get it that insurance for the building only covers the contents if we buy insurance coverage for the contents. You might be interested, if you […]