Well, we are finally on the last stages of having our new fireplace ready to use! Last year, around the holidays we had a fire ball shoot out of the flue. Obviously not a good thing. We had a fireplace expert come out and take a look. He had been in the business for over 30 years. He said he had only seen 3 as bad as ours and the other two houses burned down. We were so incredibly blessed! Anyhoo, we are so excited to finally have a working fireplace again. It’s one of the main reasons I wanted this house. I think I am more excited to have a mantle to decorate than I am about the actual fireplace! My hubby decided to put on the mantle himself. I don’t think he realized just what he was getting himself into with this job. We chose a reclaimed oak beam that is over 100 years old. It came from a flour mill that was in Tulsa. It weighs a million pounds.
Now, wouldn’t you assume that this was not a one person job? Beside the fact that it’s a ridiculously heavy beam, it’s also as long as Rapunzel’s hair. It extends all the way from one end of the fireplace to the other. How can one person maneuver this thing and get it up on the wall?
With a scaffold and an auto crane, of course.