This is our journal of what we pray is our sojourn of life (Hebrews 11:8-10) along the narrow way (Matthew 7:14), even the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16), submitting to the Bible as a light unto both (Psalms 119:105). It is our prayer that these documented moments in our earthly time benefit whom God might choose to edify, but ultimately that God glorifies Himself through them.

Warm Up

In an effort to step backward with things (which actually for us is a step forward! 🙂 ), and given the volatility of refined fuels, we decided to look into getting a wood burning stove. Hopefully this would be able to be used for heat as well as a place on which to cook.

In the local ad paper we were able to find a pretty big stove, which also had a smoker. I thought this would be a pretty good deal, and so we purchased it; and with the help of the men, we were able to get it moved.

We don’t have a house in which to put it, and so we decided to go ahead and install it in the barn. Hopefully that would allow for warmer fellowship days during the winter; and if needed, we could even sleep next to it.

Here is a picture of it installed. We haven’t really tried it, other than just a test to see if it would at least work, because, by the time I got it installed, winter was waning. However, I figure it will probably get more use this coming winter:

A quiet, tender moment…

One thing to remember is, when adding stove pipe to a roof, use lots of caulking. I thought I used quite a bit, and we’re still getting a leak during heavy rains (at least, I believe it is due to the stove pipe installation).

Here is the wood pile, ready to go! These I did with a chainsaw, although I now have a double-headed axe ready for felling the old fashion way:

We are grateful once again for the Lord’s provisions and resources, with this stove, and with the many trees on the land that are available to be used to keep us warm and to cook.

— David


  1. Anonymous

    Looks like a pretty nice stove. Is that the smoker box above the woodbox? Does that have any type of rotissere or hooks/loops for hanging meat? Maybe a grill type rack, huh? Just curious. My husband loves smoking meats, esp. baby back ribs. His recipe is pretty tasty! Yes, you’ll undoubtedly get some nice warmth benefits from the stove this winter season. I like the front loading door on it. Ours is a side door and getting harder to load with age, so we may get a front loader for this raised corner hearth. Nice woodpile!


  2. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Beth,

    Yes, that’s the smoker above; and it just has a grill in it.

    Thanks for saying hello,

    — David

  3. Bill Peck

    David and Gary, SUCH a special bond! 🙂 Great stove, praise God!


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