I wanted to share with you our new addition to our family room. It isn’t pretty, in fact, it’s a bit of an eye sore but a necessity. Last year we switched family rooms (we use to have the family room downstairs) with my parents and they had this pretty little Vermont Casting gas stove that was aesthetically pleasing to the eye but not cost effective or efficient with regard to heating the room. The negative aspect of this gas stove is that is gives off an enormous amount of heat but it is cold again minutes after you shut it off.
Last winter was our first winter in this space. I knew it was expensive to fill the propane/gas tank but I didn’t think it would be over $700! I will never forget my husbands expression when he saw the gas bill on the counter and my dads hysterical reaction to my husband. My dad thought it was so funny. My husband did a cost analysis and we concluded that we could run the fireplace no more than 30 minutes a day to have the tank last through the entire winter. That was not a good thing. Needless to say, we had the propane tank and fireplace removed a month ago. Thankfully, my dad offered to pay to install a pellet stove. Wasn’t that nice of him? He figured the stove would pay for itself in one year with the money we would all save on oil. Fingers crossed he is right! We all agreed that the “looks” of the stove would not be important as we were going to attempt to heat most of the first floor with this new stove. I’ll let you know after this coming winter how we make out.
It was the largest model that they sold and it basically is a mini-furnace. It holds up to 4 pellet bags and will run for 2.5 days without needing to add pellets. I think we are going to have the windows open in the middle of the winter because we are going to roast in this room. That is fine by me though, home heating oil savings is what we are aiming for. We also had a thermostat installed near the kitchen (2 rooms over from this family room) so that the pellet stove would call for heat when that part of the house cooled down.
Remember I told you I needed to learn to tile? My dad had someone here a couple weeks ago adding tile to (you have to have 12″ beyond the stove to obtain a permit) the existing tile where the pellet stove sits. The poor guy had me tagging along all day helping him. I took great notes and pictures in order to show you how we did it. I’ll post the tiling tutorial soon.
I would love to know what you would do with this space. Do you have any suggestions? The top of the stove opens (to add the pellets) so adding a mantel may be challenging. What accessories/decor would you add for some pizzaz?