This is more of a guestimate, as the fellow had to work with general measurements I gave him. Might be little more or a little less once he sees where I want to install the stove. The pipe/chimney will be about $1500. 00 which is about what I figured when I first started planning how to get a wood stove installed. for a total cost around $3,000.00 so at least that part of my planning was about right.
I have been looking at some of the cheaper cast iron stoves but I really want a stove that I can see the fire and not just feel the heat. Well the glass door will up the cost a bit and I’d like a stove with at least a seven hour burn time. Want or need those two items can often be so far apart. I have lived a very frugal life for the past five years and I’d like to splurge a bit and get what I want and not just what I need. I’m just not sure I can get it all done before November that I kind of consider my drop dead date for installation.
I could dip into my “mad money” fund if I need to but I have found I want to keep a little cash on hand all the time just in case the PTBs lose control. I also want to avoid going into debt for the installation, though I’m sure the Credit Union and others would loan me the money at a nice profit for them! If I can talk the installers into letting me buy most of the parts in the middle of August, pay the labor and the rest of the part is September then buy the stove in October and have it installed in October. I can get all of it done without going into debt. Be a little tight on the budget but it looks doable! Or I can save the money and then have to compete with others on getting the stove installed before winter.
I know I can afford to have it all done by Dec. but I don’t want to have the guys working in those temps if I can avoid it. I’ll stop by and ask the guys that gave me the estimate what they can live with as far as me buying parts and labor first before installation or if they want a full cash payment. That will give me a better idea on how I need to pay for installation. I want to support these guys as they are a local shop and the money spent stays mostly local. You never know till you ask.
Since it looks like SW Idaho is reverting back to cold winters and hot summers with the el nino/la nina cycle going away in the Pacific. Add in the PTBs and what they want to do to make”energy prices necessarily skyrocket” I have to take control of my own energy production as much as possible just to protect myself from those idiots.