Stufa, Part 2
Please read part 1 for this to make sense.
Now that the stufa was in the house all that remained was to get the duct work and have a hole drilled in the wall. During the summer while the outside wall was being fixed I forced the head stone guy to come into the house and look at possible locations for the stufa. It could be vented up the chimney. With that solution a lot of heat would be lost up the chimney. Two other choices are through the glass of a window or drilling a hole in the wall. So while we were looking at stufas we were also discussing where to put it. It was endless, this talk of stufas! Finally we decided on moving the TV to the other side of the fireplace and putting the stufa where the TV was. The outside wall there was easy to get to and the most stable and there was an electrical outlet for the stufa. (it has a fan)
Before we have the hole drilled, tractor guy suggests that we have on hand the pipes that will be used to draw the smoke out of the house. Have the guys who drill the hole fit the pipes. Okay. we’ll do that. Oh yeah right! It seems that most stufas use an 8 cm tube. Not this brand. It needs a 10 cm tube. 8 cm tubes are everywhere. 10 cm tubes are not. This store had this piece but not that piece. We went to 7 stores spread over 4 towns. All of which, of course, closed in the middle of the day for lunch. No language class prepares you for buying hardware or tubes or any of this type of thing. In the states when you need something like this you can just go to Home Depot and sort wander around until you more or less find what you need, maybe ask some guy standing around. Here the only store like Home Depot, OBI didn’t have everything we needed. My patience was tried when we would have to drag bits into another store, Ben would give me a general idea of what we were looking for. Then if we found something, he would put his cane down, stand rather unsteadily trying to fit the pieces together like giant tinker toys, usually clunking me in the head at least once. And of course he would have questions that I would have to try to translate into Italian. It was very trying. With all this shopping, we did find one place that had all the pipes and fittings in stainless steel, for 340 Euros. I was tempted. But Ben pointed out that was almost half the cost of the stufa. If we were going to be in this house forever it would be fine but we are not, so we chose to go with the ugly but cheap basic metal for less than 70 Euros.
At last, we have all the pieces.
Again a wait for a sunny or dry day. Finally, the big drill arrives.
Two hours and 80 Euros later we have a hole.
Look for part 3.