Yesterday I was thinking about this stove situation. I am thankful that we could afford to do what it has taken, I’m thankful that Vince agreed to do it. Maybe I’m just old and grumpy but it seems like it’s been quite a hassle and if I hadn’t wanted a gas stove so badly, I would have given up on this idea.
First, it was March when we decided on a stove. We had been looking at stoves since August when we bought this house. I remember one of the first questions I asked Jeremy when I first found the house online – “Does it have a gas stove?” His response – No, but it can easily be switched to gas because of the drop ceiling in the basement and the gas line comes into the basement and up to the main level.” Everything was true except . . easily!
We got the estimate in April for putting in the gas line and it is now pretty close to double what the estimate was back then. Vince talked to the guy who owns the storage buildings where we have our stuff and he told Vince that he added a new set of storage buildings a little over a year ago, got an estimate recently to add another one exactly like the last one and the estimate is 4 times what the cost of the last building. It’s crazy!
So we decided on the stove and ordered it in latel March or early April. Our salesman has been helpful – not his fault. We knew it was going to take a while to get here and six months is about what we were expecting though I think we were told less. I guess I “underestimated” how much I dislike this glasstop stove because there’s rarely I time I use it that I don’t say or at least think a bad word. My biggest complaint, besides the mess my cast iron leaves, is that I can’t instantly control the heat. No use whining about it . . those days are almost over.
The electrician will be here today to put in the electric plug in for the stove (thermostat/clock, convection fan, etc.). It won’t work off the 220 plug that’s there. I asked Vince to be sure they leave the 220 plug intact in case we ever want to go back to electric. The look he gave me! I told him . . all I’m hearing now is that natural gas prices are skyrocketing and with the solar panels, at least electricity is free (for now). He said “We are NOT buying another stove!” I hope he’s correct.
Once the electrician is gone, today or tomorrow, Vince will probably put up the tile. He isn’t sure if his tile saw is big enough for the 12″ square tile sections so he may have to rent a tile saw. That may slow things down.
The plumber will be here towards the end of this week and the stove is scheduled to be delivered the middle of next week.
It’s finally going to happen . . I think.