Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin


Ireland, emigration

After almost 7 years of living in our “forever” house, we finally have a working fireplace. The fire bricks were too old and damaged to be safely used, so we decided to install a woodstove instead of rebuilding the whole firebox. By the time we got serious about dealing with it, we also had to get some repointing and re-flashing done on the chimney itself. After having the masonry work done in the spring, we laid a new hearth after returning from Ireland and had the woodstove installed in October.

To save money I built the hearth, but we decided to leave the chimney liner and stove installation to the pros.

Ms. Elsie was my curious assistant through the tedious tile-laying process.

She has enjoyed the fruits of her labors ever since. Elsie certainly understands the old Irish saying níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin (there’s no fireside like your own fireside).



  1. bloggingfromthebog’s avatar

    Beautiful stove and fireplace – and your cat looks very happy with it too! We need to replace the wood stove that is in our cottage in Ireland, would you have any brand or style recommendations? We have a plaque over our hearth there that says “Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin”!

    1. Rich’s avatar

      We simply wanted a stove that was as efficient as possible, but small. Our living room is long, but not wide, so a big stove would both look out of place and likely burn so hot we’d have to sit away at the far end. We went with a Jodul brand stove because it’s small, well made, and has a nice big window so it looks like an actual fireplace. It’s simple (no electric blower) and does the job just fine. We’ve have no problems with smoke leaking or lack of heat, so I think it was a good choice.

      Good luck with your replacement.

      1. bloggingfromthebog’s avatar

        Thank you for the information! I will definitely look into that brand.

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