Archive for July, 2009

Hampton, New Jersey: Swedish Five Channel Masonry Heater

July 22, 2009 by , under Fire Works Masonry News.

The family’s heater after several seasons of use is seen in the photo below.

The heater viewed from the opposite side is shown below. The bake-oven is in the home’s kitchen.

The owners of this 1970′s Colonial home were delighted to find a secluded,  beautiful wooded lot in the rural North West New Jersey. The family decided to take advantage of the ample woods in the surrounding area as a way to reduce energy bills and their impact on the environment. After researching clean and efficient wood burning appliances they arrived at the best choice for burning cordwood: a masonry heater.

The home had an existing traditional, inefficient wood burning fireplace. The fireplace is centered in the home, dividing the kitchen and living room, a perfect location for a masonry heater.

After a consultation with Fire Works Masonry and a review of the existing home and fireplace, the decision was made to demolish the existing fireplace and move ahead with an efficient wood burning masonry heater. The location of the fireplace in  the home was ideal for the radiant heat of the masonry heater.
The kitchen view of the rear of the existing fireplace.

The kitchen view of the rear of the existing fireplace.

The family decided to renovate the original kitchen and open up the floor plan. The heater’s bake-oven and radiant heat will both warm the kitchen.

The existing fireplace is demolished and removed to a local recycling center. The fireplace’s foundation was modified to accommodate the new masonry heater . Once the foundation work is completed, a new concrete hearth pad is poured and capped with a course of firebricks.

The new masonry heater hearth pad with firebrick base course.

The new masonry heater hearth pad with firebrick base course

The double wall firebox and side channels start.

The facing brick start once the core is completed.
The facing brick begins around the loading doors.

The facing brick begins around the loading doors.

The brick facing continues.

The brick facing continues.

The facing brick on the rear of the heater, including the bake-oven arch.

The facing brick on the rear of the heater, including the bake-oven arch.

A view from the side of the completed brick work.

A view from the side of the completed brick work.

The first coat of surface bonding cement is applied.

The first coat of surface bonding cement is applied.

The rear of the heater after the first surface bonding cement application.

The rear of the heater after the first surface bonding cement application.

A small curing fire burns in the firebox shortly after the first coat of American Clay plaster is applied.

A small curing fire burns in the firebox shortly after the first coat of American Clay plaster is applied.

The first coat of American Clay plaster is applied.

The first coat of American Clay plaster is applied.

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