This is the second part of a three post series and contains the shipping, arrival, and moving into the house. The third and final post contains putting it together and using it, while the first post shows our preparations of the house.
We bought our stove from Obidiah’s. We had heard nothing but good things. I will attest, Woody was wonderful to work with, however-we ran into some problems that you should be aware of.
Firstly, we were told to inspect our package no matter what, taking pictures, taking our own tools to open said crate, BEFORE signing for it. Apparently there have been some shipping problems in the past. On top of that, we paid extra for a certain truck that could make it to our house only to have to go get the stove ourselves with our own truck and trailer. They used a forklift to load it.
Arlis opened it up (I got to stay home with Marcus).
And then signed for it. Whew! Step one over!
Once we got it home, we completely uncrated it for moving. As you can see, the warming oven is packed sideways on top along with some decorative bracing. That gorgeous woman shaking it on the trailer is me of course ;).
Now most of you won’t get this, but we had to remove the railing on one side of the porch and stairs. We’ve left them off since then with plans to widen the steps.
Due to the fact that this sucker weighs 850 pounds, we had to do a few things to make it through the house. The first thing we did was build a platform, as you saw in Part 1.
The second thing we did was put down panels in order to disperse the weight as much as possible.
We connected the panels over the door with metal sheets.
Then we used the hay spears on the tractor like a forklift, removed every possible removable object from the stove (doors, fire brick, eyes, handles), and then began the move!
Now do you see why we took the railing off?
After carefully placing it onto a homemade moving thingy (that’s a technical term for board with wheels), we then used a chain saw to remove and and all excess pallet in order for the stove to fit in the door.
We then had to precariously balance the stove while moving it.
Getting the next half of the “road” ready.
There were a few snags along the way, but we made it.
We then set up an intricate system of jacks and wedges in order to lower the stove to the platform.