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August 1, 2013
Stove (sort of)


Gail tapes temporary OSB floorboards down as she reconfigures the kitchen to fit an oven

On July 30, 2013, we made a mid-week visit up to our mountain home. This was mainly Gailís trip; Russell would be occupied doing his normal job remotely. Gail mainly needed Russell here to help lift heavy objects.

One of the last appliances that we still need to install is a cook top and oven. When we configured the plumbing, Gail had a gas line installed that connected the center chase downstairs to the liquid propane tank outside. She even picked up a used stove from freecycle, which we stored in our garage for years. Gail finally decided it was too difficult to convert to LP, and she re-freecycled it.

    
The downstairs center chase has an LP gas spigot just waiting for a stove

For the past several years, we have relied on various portable appliances for our cooking needs, but the lack of a stove has limited Gailís ability to cook. We had a stroke of good fortune when Gailís mother recently decided to upgrade her stove. She donated her old one to our mountain home.

         
When we hosted Thanksgiving for our extended family in 2011, Gail didnít have a cook top or stove.
She used a portable burner from our 2001 world trip (note the huge black currency converter).
She used a convection oven for baking.
And she used a table-top oven to cook the turkey.

Gail knew that the stove would go directly against the center chase, and that meant rearranging all of the kitchen cabinetry. She also reconfigured all of the scrap boards of OSB that we have been using as a temporary kitchen floor. While the stove is now in place, it is not hooked up yet. We will need to convert this stove to LP (fortunately, there are parts readily available), and we need to buy some hose adapters to connect the stove to the LP.

    

    
The kitchen, before and after. Note that we now have an L-shaped counter on the far end of the sink, to fit the cabinet that was displaced by the oven.

With extra time on her hands, Gail also secured the baluster knuckles on the stair rails. One has a broken screw and we will need to glue it in place, but the stairs are looking better with every trip.

On the wildlife front, we continue to find a number of dead rodents in the traps every time we come here. Four per trip seems to be the norm; perhaps thatís how they breed. We took one more step in our march towards the inevitable, and solicited a bid from a stucco contractor. We now have to decide whether to proceed with this major undertaking.

    
Gail secures a baluster knuckle.
The stairs keep looking better all the time!

 

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