Meet our wood-burning stove. I searched my blog, and then I searched Walt's blog, and I was surprised to see that neither one of us had ever posted a picture of it. It's a woodstove that we had installed in April 2006. We had it put in our big fireplace because the fireplace itself didn't draw as it should and was basically unusable.
Every time we had a fire in the fireplace, a lot of smoke came out into the room. One fireplace specialist we called in said the only real solution was to tear the whole thing out and rebuild a fieplace from scratch. We asked whether he thought a wood-burning stove would be effective. Yes, he said, that's another solution. So we had one put in.
It turned out that the French government gave us back 40% of the purchase price of the stove because it is a renewable-energy heating device. That was nice.
Did I say that a stère is one cubic meter of wood? That's the definition of that term. The logs are one meter long, so a single row of them one meter high and one meter long is what it takes. A meter is 39 inches, so we're taking about a pile of wood about 3 ft. wide, 3 ft. deep, and 3 ft. high. We're getting about 15 of those.
Oh, and in winter — and sometimes in summer, when thunderstorms threaten — we put the car in the garage. In summertime, we are more lax about leaving it outside. When you don't have an electric garage-door opening, it's almost more trouble than it's worth to open the doors up every time you want to use the car or park it.