Steve lit the first fire|
On Halloween, 2009
The finished chimney|
that made it all possible
On Halloween, 2009, the fireplace and chimney were finally finished, and the first fire was lighted!
Many thanks to Steve Hayes and all the voluteers who contributed their time and energy over the past three years!
The goal: a new fireplace for SubSig Cabin
Our cabins director, Steve Hayes,
designed a Rumford style fireplace. The Rumford fireplace is a tall, shallow
fireplace designed by Benjamin Thompson (Count Rumford), an Anglo-American
physicist who was known for his investigations of heat. To learn more
about Rumford style fireplaces, see
It should be toasty and efficient!
So, let's move on to the progress...
It should be toasty and efficient! So, let's move on to the progress...
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The first task was gathering rocks.
When the pile had grown to 6 feet, it was
time to begin.
An old cement mixer was donated and repaired.
Flue liners were pulled up the ladder and installed.
The firebox was lined with firebrick. After one day's work, it looked like this.
The interior stonework began.
This much got done in the fall.
By the time the weather turned too cold for masonry work, the chimney had
reached the level of the second floor windows.
April, 2008. Interior work resumed.
The stonework rose 18" in 90 minutes, to 47".
Steve works on the chimney.
We hauled water from our neighbors. Thanks Marion and George!
The chimney rose another four feet in September
Steve and Marilyn raise another flue section
The rocks in our fireplace came from many different places.
Click on the picture to see where they came from.
Can you guess where these next two came from?
Click here ,to find out.
Cutting the Roof
Up she goes!
Aligning another flue section
Through the roof!
Only one more section to go!
Steve and Marilyn
finish the chimney
We finished it!
Oct. 31, 2009
Enjoying the first fire
There will be many more!
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