Welcome to the Maine Masonry Heater Blog

I blog for Mother Earth News, but I also like to use this space to answer client questions and rant about other things people like me find interesting.  
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Make Cozy Happen: Maine Masonry Heaters

So much of any new learning is learning new language. Technical definitions exist that define a masonry heater in terms of physical characteristics, but I want to come at this from a different angle. I want to start with the problem. Finding fuel has always been a challenge for humans. Fuel becoming harder to find is a reality of our times, but that alone is not the real problem. The real problem is that it gets cold, and I'm too stubborn to move to Florida in the winter. Win

Sometimes less is more

Today I'll be discussing construction styles, not channel layouts or firebox designs, but here I will give a brief overview of some ways that masonry stove durability has been addressed. Masonry Heaters originate in many places around the world, and different cultures came up with different ways of overcoming the challenges faced when designing a masonry heater, which are pretty simple: 1. Effectively design a firebox to be the right size and shape to hold the right amount of