The old Turbo 10 was existing in the house when we bought it. Originally it was situated in what is now our pantry. To help with heat circulation and bad backs we decided to raise it up onto a woodbox which Dan constructed out of 25mm thick craft wood. We painted that the same colour as the walls and sourced an off cut piece of Caesar Stone benchtop for the fireplace to sit directly on top of. We got the Caesar Stone from a place in town called Toowoomba Bench Tops. They have a stone section and allowed us to choose from a few left over slabs. We chose a piece of Organic White Caesar Stone. The price to buy it and have them cut it to size and polish the edges into a pencil round shape was about $300.
You can see that we're still part the way through finishing the wood box. We're tiling underneath it so as any stray ashes that may fall out of the fireplace hopefully will not fall between the cracks of the floor and burn the house down. The tiles we're using are 600 x 600mm porcelain tiles. We were lucky when tiling behind the fireplace that we could make the size work without having to cut anything. On the front of the wood box will be two small doors to hide the inevitable mess. I'm hoping to find some old worldly, quirky door pulls for these. We're yet to attach the skirting to either side of the wood box too. We'll do this at the same time we attach trim around the sides of the tile that comes out past the wood box.
I quite like the industrial look of the flue. For some odd reason it makes me rather happy.
Considering how cold it's starting to get, I'm hoping this guy will be fully operational in the next week or so. It will be our first winter living in our little house. I hope we're not in for a rude shock!