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Masonry Heater News

December 9, 2016


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Disclaimer: Content of this e-zine is at the discretion of the Editor,
and does not
imply endorsement by the MHA Board of Directors

MHA Board of Directors
2015 - 2017:

PresidentDan Givens
Vice PresidentMarty Pearson
SecretaryRon Pihl
Treasurer Doug Hargrave
Members at largeBoris Kukolj
Chris Prior
Matt Helicke
  

Executive Director - Dick Smith
Masonry Heater News Editor - Norbert Senf
Webmaster - Norbert Senf



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Cool video of an Eco-labelled firebox burning 2x cleaner than a pellet stove

by Homestead Heat
this was the first eco-labelled (Austrian) firebox tested by MHA. 


8" Damper by Marcus Flynn


Stacked heaters with tight chimney clearance, using 8" O.D. stainless flue liners.

Sketchup model by Masonry Stove Builders


by Firespeaking





Multifunction Stove/Fireplace/Oven/Smoker/Tandoor

by Igor Kuznetsov




Heater by Tony DaSilva


Connection for ICC 8" stainless flue liner

Sketchup model by Masonry Stove Builders

MHA Technical Committee Progress Report, Nov 15/16


Huge archive of technical information on wood gasification




page 1, page 2


French Oven Design Book



Community Oven by Red Clay Construction

Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick








Infrared Images of Double Bell heater

by Saulius Prabulis, Poland





Correspondence with the new Polish Masonry Heater Builders' Association


Heater by MHA member Kari Rale

36" x 36" Vaulted oven by Stovemaster Inc.

Toronto. Design by Stefan Polatschek.
Cedar trim hides low sloping roof with water pour-off at rear.


New product from Firespeaking



Mini steam boiler by Igor Kuznetsov






Outdoor cooking complex by Igor Kuznetsov

From left: oven, pizza oven, smoker, cooktop, boiler, heating complex






Bill Reiche, Mason


Pizza Oven with improved air system

by Igor Kuznetsov




Multi-function oven by Igor Kuznetsov


Construction Video





Multi-function oven with heat regulation by Igor Kuznetsov




Contraflow Heater by Marcus Flynn

Reused La Prairie bricks from the 1950s


















Interview with Tom Marcantonio on CBC Radio



CAT Thermal Imaging Phone




Comparison of Furnaces

by Igor Kuznetsov


The Future of Biomass

Silicon Valley Innovation Institute
Find out why biochar producing stoves will become the next big thing.


Kon-Tiki - the democratization of biochar production



Homestead Heat AIA
American Institute of Architects Newsletter





49" x 63" Small Commercial Oven Core

3-D Construction Sequence in Sketchup (Masonry Stove Builders)






Using Sketchup to solve a cleanout access issue.

Bench connection is angled at 15 degrees to provide
access to bench tuning brick at chimney/heater connection


Verifying the access

Sketchup model by Masonry Stove Builders










Russian Bania (steam sauna) Workshop with Alex Chernov

Design of this heater is based on Igor Kuznetsov's  highly successful NovPar Russian steam sauna stove concept ( www.stove.ru  ).
Firebox is of Alex Chernov's design, which is different from Igor's version. Invisible on the drawings is a steel box, holding rocks, which is suspended above the firebox. The box is supported by its collar resting on the firebricks along the firebox perimeter.

Check back for photo report.           















Heatkit core kit w. 22" firebox and white bake oven.

Winnipeg, Manitoba. Strawbale house.  Installation and finish by local mason.
Shiner facing method with Copper Castle stone veneer from Pangea Natural Stone


Cooking complex by Andrey Makarov (via Facebook)


Boris Kukolj visits MHA Lab

Boris volunteers as an elected MHA Board member, as well as a tech committee member.
He visited the lab as part of a 2 week heater-related road trip from British Columbia.


Perth Dry Stone Festival

Perth ON, July 22-24



Chimney connector for pizza oven

Aki Yoshimizu


MHA Newsletter, July 19/16







Stainless door and hood

for portable ovens
by Jon Santiago and Jeremiah Church






TLUD Firepit


Custom ceramic stove, Austrian Eco-Labelled firebox - Transylvania

by Nagy Zoltan and Korompai Peter




Commercial brick white bread ovens

Updated July 14/16


Details


Interesting oven thermocouple setup


Fireplace by Andrew Grzadziel



Biochar in Japan

Makoto Ogawa recalls a lifetime of work on biochar, fungi, and plant growth interaction
the Biochar Journal 2016, Arbaz, Switzerland


Published by the David Suzuki Institute, 2016
This will become a big trend in woodburning - read this book and learn why (ed.)
Ed:
below are photos of 500 lb of biochar I made last winter, using the Austrian eco-labelled firebox spec. for a retrofit firebox
biochar


Heat-Kit Assembly Video

2002. First time online.



Workshop with Igor Kuznetsov

Dvurechensk, Russia -- August 14 - 28, 2016


Wood-fired oven complex for a Persian supermarket:

6x7ft vaulted oven and 7ft diameter dome oven

Designed by Alex Chernov.
Built by Stovemaster Ltd with help of John Davies, Matthew Fraud and Joshua McGee

Russian Steam Sauna Heater Workshop

with Alex Chernov
Caledon, ON  -- August 11 -14, 2016

Interesting Bake Oven Hearth Material Discussion

Yahoo MHA members list


Erik Nilsen and Marcus Flynn


Matzoh Oven, Brooklyn NY. The matzohs take about 10 seconds to bake. Click for video clip


The oven ceiling is at 1600F. It is fired with wood and coal. Video clip.

Montreal matzoh oven rebuild


Grill Like the Chefs: Throw Everything Onto the Fire

New York Times, May 25/16

white oven in stanbridge east
White Oven in Stanbridge East, Quebec

by Marcus Flynn


The Weingarten Water Heater Collection

Check out some interesting "new" concepts


Skip Barnett, Inventor of the Condar Portable Dilution Tunnel

3 day course on emissions testing, organized by OMNI for MHA in 1991
download a transcript






Traditional Tyrolean Stubenofen

with Stephan Polatschek and Eric Moshier, Wildacres 2016


Kachelofen by Jessica Steinhauser

Lloydminster, Alberta
Link to Facebook album 


Rocket Cook Stove / Heater

with Max Edleson, Wildacres 2016


Firetube Kachelofen workshop at Wildacres

with Axel Schmitz and crew


Pizza Oven with Pat Manley

Wildacres 2016


Combination Double Bell heater with bakeoven and PriorFire open fireplace

By Alex Chernov and Chris Prior, Wildacres 2016


Wildacres 2016 Test Heater - Photo Report


Wildacres 2016 Photo Report

by Norbert Senf

Tulikivi heater
Tulikivi donation to MHA's annual fundraising auction!




Maple Syrup Evaporators

by Marcus Flynn




History of the  Top Down Burn

Photo report on combination Double Bell / Priorfire Fireplace workshop, Wildacres 2016 




Cabin Cookstove/Heater Workshop with Eric Moshier

May 4 - 6, 2016, North House Folk School, Minnesota


Wildacres 2016

Click here for full sized image
Check back soon for photo reports

     


Pat Manley Brick Pizza Oven 

Katie Wyers is Chef at Taliesin, the Frank Loyd Wright School of Architecture in Wisconsin.
She had asked MHA member Lew Lama about building a wood fired oven, and decided to drive down with him to attend Pat Manley's workshop, after Lew had recommended reading Richard Miscovitch's "From the Wood-Fired Oven"


See most recent update (March 20/16)

Wildacres 2016 - Schedule of Events

Wildacres 2016 - Registration List

March newsletter with Wildacres update


Repeatability test results from MHA's new lab

Updated April 1/16
Abstract and Powerpoint of presentation at Brookhaven National Laboratory for the Pellet Stove Design Challenge, Apr. 6/16

An Investigation of the Variability of Particulate Emissions from Woodstoves in New Zealand

G. Colson, R. Bian and E. Somervell, in Aerosol and Air Quality Research, November 2015

Round Robin Test of a Wood Stove -
The influence of standards, test procedures and calculation procedures on the emission level

Skreiberg et al., Biomass and Bioenergy, 1997

How much heat is there in one pound of wood?

by Sam Foote, P.E.
from MHA News, 1992 (print edition)


O.S.H.A. Silica Final Rule Released




Wildacres Heater Testing Workshop

Short single bell heater, designed by Homestead Heat




EPA's Original Proposals re Calculated Heaters

From the 2013 EPA draft NSPS proposal, which served as the basis for MHA's comments

MHA Technical Committee Action Plan 2015 - 2016
April 23, 2015


Report from Pat Manley, Mar 16/16

12 Day Stove Workshop in Poland, May 15 - 27, 2016

With Igor Kuznetsov.
Organised by the Polish Stove Builders' Association


Emissions Testing Basics

MHA Technical Committee

Biomass Combustor Efficiency

Biomass Combustion Institute

International Cookstove Testing Standards

in Environmental Science and Technology


Report from Damien Lehman, AFPMA-Tech

more real time burn rate measurements in a masonry heater
via MHA-tech list


The Definitive Guide to EPA's New Source Performance Standards for New Wood Heaters 2015

Intertek


Measuring real time burn rate in a masonry heater

Damien Lehmann (AFPMA, Masonry Heater Association of France)


Fireplace/Cooking Complex by Igor Kuznetsov


Results of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Woodstove Retrofit Challenge


Chimney Connection #16

Marcus Flynn


How to build an outdoor kitchen

by Henrik Lepel

Principles of Deep Energy Retrofits: Homes & Buildings

Marc Rosenbaum, P.E.


Feb 15/16 Modifications to MHA Research Heater.


Wildacrest 2016 combustion testing workshop

preliminary design by MHA tech committee member Carsten Homstead
Check out last year's testing workshop

Harbison Walker 2005 Refractory Handbook

Thanks to Dave Wilcox for the link


Preliminary testing begins at MHA's new lab

North American Contraflow Firing Instructions

by Marcus Flynn


The Cabin Stove

by Firespeaking


Arthur Brown, "Fire"


Thanks to Marcus Flynn for the video flashback to 1968


Lepuschenko stove after 34 years


brief report by Mark Seymour






MHA Research Heater, Jan 19/16

Lab setup is progressing, and preliminary testing is expected to start within a week.


Download the January MHA Newsletter

Designing a thermal shock resistant clay mix

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott et al

Blowing Smoke
Why improved cookstove performance tests are mostly hot air

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott et al.
Principal Technical Advisor, Sustainable Energy Technology Research Center (SeTAR), University of Johannesburg, South Africa

















      Eco Firebox by Boris Kukolj


Download a Free Residential Heat Loss Calculator (Excel)


developed by Marc Rosenbaum, PE,  for use in his "Zero Net Energy Homes" course
offered through NESEA's Building Energy Masters Series.








5 Most Popular Workshops from the 
MHA Projects Page

1.) - Backyard Oven Workshop with Peter Moore

2.) - French Bake Oven Workshop with Norbert Senf

3.) - Small Commercial Pizza Oven Workshop with Pat Manley

4.) - Easy to Build Experimental Oven with Alex Chernov

5.) - Cob Oven Workshop with Tom Trout


Contraflow-bell hybrid with cookstove -  Marian Ozabal, Slovakia

Submitted by Marcus Flynn



Chimney connection #15

Marcus Flynn

The difference between North American and European efficiency calculations

Rick Curkeet, PE, Intertek


Progress report on MHA's new research heater

MHA Technical Committee, Dec 15/15
Background, updated Dec 29/15




Intelligent Heat System - High Energy Efficient Wood Stoves with Low Emissions

Jytte Illerup, Technical University of Denmark, Department of Chemical Engineering, Denmark




Heater by Max Edleson. Local newspaper article on masonry heaters




Brick cooker, Kyrgystan

Submitted by Crispin Pemberton-Pigott, who is on the MHA tech committee.












Woodstock Soapstone hybrid stove cold start test  (includes video)





2-1/8" thick oven dome by Jon Santiago


By Firespeaking


J-loop 22" heater core with 10' heated bench, for ski lodge, Hakuba Japan. Mason: Aki Yoshimizu

Sketchup model by Masonry Stove Builders



Outside air installation for eco-firebox, using airtight gasketed damper


Interesting retrofit chimney installation discussion


Yahoo MHA members list



European Wood Heating Technology Survey


New York State Energy Research and Development Authority




New Kachelofen by Jessica Steinhauser




Building MHA's new research heater, aiming for EPA certification

MHA members Tom Marcantonio, Mark Seymour, Alex Chernov and Norbert Senf
(also: Darrel Delisle, Matt Anderson, Marco)





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