I got a bee in my bonnet (this is typical, of course) and decided to take the fireplace cover off to tighten things, fix things, clean it real good and then put it back on. I had a lot of help from ex #1 and the Nanny in the process and I’m thankful. Just knowing we’ve done our part to get it working in tip-top shape is a joy.
This is me climbing into the fireplace to unscrew one of the four that hold it in place.
All gone. It’s off and ready to be cleaned.
This is the side that faces the fire. Ewwwwww.
The boys had a great time playing with the (mostly) cleaned out and empty fireplace.
“You can totally see the sky from here, mom!” They had a lot of fun, even if they did get a bit black while doing it.
Of course, it was at this point that I got a brilliant idea! A huge light bulb of inspiration, if you will.
Why put the cover back on? Covers weren’t always around. At one point, people would not have a cover. In fact, they would have a fire screen in front to protect from sparks and that was it.
I want to put a bar across and have it so I can cook over an open fire in my own home. I’m quite sure I can cook some stuff in a Dutch Oven this way. I wonder if I can get someone to install a bar for me…
… and, of course, I need a screen to protect from sparks.
Wouldn’t it just “fit’ in with the entire 1950s theme to have an open fire that I cook on, even if randomly?
I’m still working out the logistics for this one. If you’ve any ideas, please share them!
Until we work out the details, we did put the cover back on. I’d rather not burn up my babies just yet.