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Masonry heaters are the most efficient way to heat a
One load of wood every 8-12 hours can heat a 2,000 - 4,000 sq.
foot home. The thermal masonry mass and specially designed interior
channels retain the heat, then disperses
it through the home.
No ductwork or fans are necessary, so no
electricity is used
Most heaters pay for themselves within 10-15
Masonry heaters are built to last many, many years and have
few parts that will ever wear out. Some heaters in use today in Europe are
500 years old!
Cost is approximately $10,000 -
$30,000 depending on materials and size.
The heater will be cool enough to
touch, yet provide even heating for the house.
This is a true green
building method using the renewable resource of wood. You will
burn less wood to heat the same space normally
heated by a wood stove.
Masonry heaters are efficient, clean burning,
and environmentally friendly.
This is a project for an
experienced mason who has been trained specifically in the area of masonry
heaters. Inexperience can be very costly. Some heater masons will contract for
the homeowner to assist with the project to help keep your costs down. Expect
to provide room and board for the crew unless the mason lives nearby.
Allow 3-6 weeks for construction to
Best if used in new construction only so the
right planning can be made for the heater to work properly. The
heater mason must work with your builder or architect
before plans are drawn (preferably). Occasionally, heaters can be added to
Hint: The ideal location for your masonry
heater is in the center of the home. The best floor plan is
open. If you floor plan is not open, you may need an additional small
heat source in some rooms.
(taste the difference! - and you can cook full meals if
-Non-heated bench (nice)
-Heated bench (nicer)
-Mantels (to put stuff on)
-See-through heater with doors on both sides
-Wood storage bin
Materials That Can be Used:
To Plan for your Masonry
Step 1: Schedule an initial consultation with our
designer/builder Gene Padgitt. Your initial consultation will include
going over your house plans, deciding where to place the heater, what size and
type of heater will be required, deciding to use a kit or site-built heater
core, options, and ideas for the finished heater exterior design.
Step 2: Consultation with builder and/or architect to let
them know what type of footing to use and where to build it and where to allow
space for the chimney to be located, clearances to combustible requirements,
Step 3: Final consultation and decision of plan and
design. We draw up a contract for the work.
We charge $100 per hour for consultation services with the
homeowner and builder or architect.
Step 4: Schedule the work and we order materials.
Sign contract and pay retainer. We apply for the permit (or your builder may do
Step 5: We build the heater. Please allow at
least 4 months advance notice for construction. We usually do this type of
work in the Spring and Summer and will travel. Allow several weeks for
completion. We will receive installment payments from you during the
Please call 816-461-3665 to request an appointment when you have
begun your house plans.
SAMPLES OF OUR WORK:
This is a
Brick masonry heater with
a "white" bake oven. White ovens are heated by the fire chamber
below and around them.
Note: "black" ovens are heated with wood inside of the oven.
This has an Albie-core interior heater kit.
This masonry heater heats a 3,000 square foot house.
Cobalt Blue Tile Heater
This masonry heater and "white" bake oven was finished with a cobalt
blue tile exterior with a light buff color grout. The tile
measures 2" x 2". A small oven door landing was installed, and
cast iron doors used for the oven and heater firebox openings.
Soapstone masonry heater with bake oven and cast-iron doors.
Finished at left
Left to right: standing Ricky Cline, Jerry Frisch, Gene Padgitt, Tony
Gross working on a Northstone brand soapstone masonry heater with bake
Granite two-sided masonry heater
with bake oven and heated bench.
This is on the lower level of a 5,000 sq. foot home.
Back side of heater with rocks collected by the homeowners incorporated
into the design. A second heater is on the main level.
Stone Heater with Bake Oven and
heated bench in progress. This was a combined effort with Gene Padgitt,
Marvin Lehman, and master heater mason Jerry Frisch.
BRICK BAKE OVENS:
Outdoor brick oven
built for Dr. and Mrs. Bradley Freilich.
We added travertine tile to extent the patio area, poured a concrete pad for
the oven, built the oven in the same style and using matching brick used on
the house, and added a granite landing area and slate roof to match the
house. Now it looks as though the oven was planned and installed at
Photo of an old town bake oven still in use in Europe.
Links with more information:
Article by Marge Padgitt for the Masonry Heater Association
Article From SNEWS on Masonry Heaters
visit the Masonry Heater
Association Website for more information
MARK TWAIN on the Kachelofen in
"Europe and Elsewhere"
the German stove, for instance - where can you find it outside of German
countries? I am sure I have never seen it where German was not the language of
the region. Yet it is by long odds the best stove and the most convenient and
economical that has yet been invented.
the uninstructed stranger it promises nothing; but he will soon find that it is
a masterly performer, for all that. It has a little bit of a door which you
couldn't get your head in - a door which seems foolishly out of proportion to
the rest of the edifice; yet the door is right, for it is not necessary that
bulky fuel shall enter it. Small-sized fuel is used, and marvelously little of
that. The door opens into a tiny cavern which would not hold more fuel than a
baby could fetch in its arms. The process of firing is quick and simple. At half
past seven on a cold morning the servant brings a small basketful of slender
pine sticks - say a modified armful - and puts half of these in, lights them
with a match, and closes the door. They burn out in ten or twelve minutes. He
then puts in the rest and locks the door, and carries off the key. The work is
done. He will not come again until next morning.
day long and until past midnight all parts of the room will be delightfully warm
and comfortable, and there will be no headaches and no sense of closeness or
oppression. In an American room, whether heated by steam, hot water, or open
fires, the neighborhood of the register or the fireplace is warmest - the heat
is not equally diffused throughout the room; but in a German room one is
comfortable in one part of it as in another. Nothing is gained or lost by being
near the stove. Its surface is not hot; you can put your hand on it anywhere and
not get burnt.
these things. One firing is enough for the day; the cost is next to nothing; the
heat produced is the same all day, instead of too hot and too cold by turns; one
may absorb himself in his business in peace; he does not need to feel any
anxieties of solicitudes about the fire; his whole day is a realized dream of
could adopt this stove, but does America do it? The
American wood stove, of whatsoever breed, it is a terror. There can be no
tranquility of mind where it is. It requires more attention than a baby. It has
to be fed every little while, it has to be watched all the time; and for all
reward you are roasted half your time and frozen the other half. It warms no
part of the room but its own part; it breeds headaches and suffocation, and
makes one's skin feel dry and feverish; and when your wood bill comes in you
think you have been supporting a volcano.
have in America many and many a breed of coal stoves, also - fiendish things,
everyone of them. The base burners are heady and require but little attention;
but none of them, of whatsoever kind, distributes its heat uniformly through the
room, or keeps it at an unvarying temperature, or fails to take the life out of
the atmosphere and leave it stuffy and smothery and stupefying...."
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