Fire Works Masonry recently completed the installation of the heart of an energy efficient fireplace in Hacketsttown, NJ. The photos below show the completed firebrick core for a clean burning Finnish contraflow masonry heater core. This fireplace has a “white” bake-oven, two heated benches and an offset chimney to the left of the firebox.
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.
Fire Works Masonry’s client in Rock Hill, NY recently posted some great praise for his masonry heater on his blog:
“Artic Air/ Nordic Heat
The weather has been pretty cold of late. Below zero for the past 4 nights. The masonry heater keeps the place around 60+ degrees with 2 good sized fires per day. This morning it was a 70 degree temperature difference between inside (60) and outside (-10)… and that was 12 hours after last night’s fire had burned out. I’m beyond impressed”.
Thanks, John! Check out his blog and custom home project, WatchTheHouseGrow.Blogspot.Com.
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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.
The owners of this new home in Carlisle, Pennsylvania have dreamed and planned for years about building a net zero energy home. The design includes structural insulated panels for very high “R” value walls and ceilings, passive solar home alignment and window design, an active solar system on the roof to generate electricity, geothermal heat exchangers to lower the heating/cooling load on the active system, and a clean burning masonry heater as the warm centerpiece of their home.
The owner of this new home in Montgomery County, PA is realizing a life long dream: designing and building a low energy home. The design includes a geothermal system, passive solar heating, high R value insulation, a trombe wall, and a clean burning masonry heater.
The owner placed the heater in the best location possible, roughly centered in the home’s floor plan. He also took advantage of the heater’s thermal mass in the passive solar design. The home and heater are positioned for maximum solar gain during the winter months. The sun’s path tracks over the living room and heater almost the entire day. The masonry heater’s completed Heat Kit core is catching the late afternoon sun in the photo below.