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Perkiomenville, PA Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater: Heat Kit Core, Heated Bench, and Chimney Installation

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.

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West Chester, PA: Fieldstone Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater

This project is a large stone masonry heater in a West Chester, PA home. The family’s old natural gas boiler was due for an expensive repair and servicing or complete replacement. The family decided to go for clean burning masonry heater instead for the home’s primary heat source.

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Florham Park, New Jersey: Fieldstone Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater

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Hampton, New Jersey: Swedish Five Channel Masonry Heater

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Milford, Connecticut: Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater.

The homeowners warm the downstairs construction project.
The fireplace is finished before the rest of the ambitious home improvement project.
The fireplace is finished before the rest of the ambitious home improvement project.

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Rock Hill, NY Finnish Contraflow Heater.

This very simple heater warms this renovated barn in the New York Catskills. To accommodate for an upcoming bridge improvement, the town had scheduled this small barn for demolition.  The new owner of the property decided to move and renovate the old barn as his new home instead.With acres of woods on the old farm property, an open floor plan and very cold winters, the owner decided to heat this new home with the most efficient wood burning appliance there is: a masonry heater. The homeowner wanted an aesthetically simple look for the Finnish fireplace. A basic heater shell and chimney would be constructed and coated with plain stucco.The Finnish contraflow Heat-Kit core is finished in a single day working with heater expert Norbert Senf from Masonry Stove Builders. Here is a view of the completed core from the loft space above.The outer wall, or veneer of the heater covering the core is simple firebrick on edge. The chimney is made of 4″ masonry blocks.The doors and masonry to metal chimney transition are installed.The metal chimney is completed. Work on the rest of the home progresses as well. The heater is part of a divider wall between the master bedroom and main floor living space. This wall is also completed in the photo below.The rear heater wall acts as a vertical radiant panel warming the bedroom on even the coldest winter nights. The homeowner’s bed moves to the rear wall of the masonry heater in the coldest winter months.

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Kutztown, PA: Hand-Built Finnish Contraflow Heater.

One of the first small fires in this Finnish contraflow heater.

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Garrison, NY: Fieldstone Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater

A charge of wood at full combustion in the Garrison, NY heater.

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May’s Landing, NJ: Dry-Stack Stone Finnish Contraflow Heater.

The completed masonry heater.

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Hillsborough, NJ Brick Hand-Built Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater.

This hand built brick contraflow heater replaced a cast iron wood stove in a Hillsborough, NJ basement. The heater exhausts into the same existing lined masonry chimney that the old metal stove utilized. The two side heated benches provide enough room for the family’s four cats to enjoy. Continue reading Hillsborough, NJ Brick Hand-Built Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater.