Category Archives: Masonry Heater

Nagano, Japan: Stucco Contraflow Masonry Stove

Fire Works Masonry’s latest job was an outstanding opportunity to build a masonry stove for our friend and Masonry Heater Association colleague Aki Yoshimizu in his lake cottage in Nagano, Japan. Aki is a builder in Japan and is the owner of Peak Home Builders. The photo below shows the functioning, almost complete heater. Continue reading Nagano, Japan: Stucco Contraflow Masonry Stove

Bath, Pennsylvania: Fieldstone Double Bell Masonry Stove, Energy Efficient Fireplace

Fire Works Masonry’s latest clients are building a low energy home in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. While researching energy efficient fireplaces, they discovered the clean burning masonry stove. They contacted Fire Works Masonry for a custom, field stone faced masonry heater. The fireplace is a double bell layout, designed for great efficiency.

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Glen Mills, PA: Stucco Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater

Our latest project is a Finnish Contraflow masonry stove in Delaware County, PA. Our clients were building a unique addition onto their existing home. The large masonry heater is both the primary heat as well as the visual focal point for the new space. The owner’s designed the heater inspired by our King of Prussia masonry heater installation. The fireplace has long sandstone heated benches, stone mantel and shelves, a white bake-oven, and a large wood-box for wood storage. Continue reading Glen Mills, PA: Stucco Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater

Reading, PA: Fieldstone, Double Bell, See-Thru Masonry Stove

When our clients in Reading, Pennsylvania planned their energy efficient addition to their home, a masonry stove was in the center of their plans. A clean burning masonry heater replaced a drafty, traditional masonry fireplace. The masonry heater sits between the existing living room and new addition, diving the man living space. Their kids stand safely on the heated bench in the photo below as their project nears completion.

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Galax, VA: Brick Faced, Double Bell Masonry Heater.

Our most recent project is a double bell masonry heater installation in scenic Galax, Va. The owners of this new project in the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains were determined to build an efficient home. They decided on a masonry heater for the heart of the design. With no local masons certified in heater building, the owners reached out to Fire Works Masonry. The picture below shows a small curing fire in the nearly complete fireplace.

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Marlboro, Maryland: Finnish Contraflow Masonry Stove Core Installation

We recently completed a Heat-Kit masonry heater core installation in eastern Maryland. Our clients wanted the clean, comfortable efficient heat of a masonry heater in their existing home’s living room. The core is a corner unit: the side heat exchange channels are at 45˚ angles to the front. The core also has a pre-cast white bake-oven. The high temperature core is completed in the photo below, ready for the final facing stone veneer.

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New City, NY: Thin stone veneer, double bell masonry heater.

The owners of the new home pictured below in the Hudson Valley were interested in taking advantage of their ample wooded lot by designing their floor-plan around a clean burning, efficient wood burning masonry. The masonry heater’s chimney exit can be seen exiting the center roof line.

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Centerville, MD: Stucco Faced, Contraflow, See-Thru Masonry Heater

Our clients in Centerville, Md were building their custom, dream home. A clean burning, efficient masonry  heater was central to their desires and blueprint. The whimsical, energy efficient home was built on a scenic corner of the family’s horse farm.

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King Of Prussia, PA: Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater

Our clients in King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania have worked for years to retrofit their older home into a modern, zero net energy design. The ambitious plan began with a small addition, improved insulation, and active solar photo-voltaic panels. With these stages complete, it was time to install the clean burning masonry heater into the center of the home. Continue reading King Of Prussia, PA: Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater

Tunkhannock, PA: Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater

This old farmhouse in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania has been in our client’s family for over two hundred years. Updating the home to modern standards has been a work in progress for several years. The family improved the insulation, windows, and building envelope. They also added a small addition to fit their growing family. To update the fireplace, the family decided on an efficient masonry heater in the center of their new primary living space.

The Finnish fireplace core was faced with 4″ masonry blocks. The photo below shows the completed rough shell. The blocks will be faced with a plaster coat then the client will apply natural thin stone veneer produced by  a nearby local quarry.

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