After four months the stove is actually in. We got the surround from Cumbria Architectural Salvage; it’s made of slate though we sprayed it to protect it. With the surround in, the lounge has a better balance to it and the stove is framed nicely.

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The instructions we followed to install the stove are all on the Stove Fitter’s Manual web site. It’s a great resource and we’re very grateful for all the information it provides (we got the stove and lining kit from there too).

We painted the lower part of the alcove before putting the stove in. We couldn’t paint the upper bit because we plastered around the closure plate (the roof of the alcove) to seal it in. That will come in a couple of weeks.

Now we’ve just got to paint the lounge for Christmas.