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April 23, 2014

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MHA Offers Classes on Masonry Heaters

2014 Wildacres Auction Raised $20,121.00List of Donors

MHA Board of Directors
2013 - 2015:

President Dan Givens
Vice President Marty Pearson
Secretary Ron Pihl
Treasurer  Doug Hargrave
Members at large Eric Moshier
Chris Prior
   

Executive Director - Dick Smith
MHA News Editor - Norbert Senf
Webmaster - Norbert Senf
Webmaster -
Max Edelson


Wildacres 2014 Report - coming soon


Click for details

2014 Attendee list

MHA Annual Meeting Agenda - April 14 -20, 2014

Check out last year's meeting


Testing the Austrian Eco-firebox

Updated April 12/14 with 18 additional runs by Homestead Heat


Click for more

Masons on a Mission
Masons on a Mission


MHA asked to help build a heater on a Navaho reservation

Front row: Alex Larsen, Matt Helicke and Martin Palmer


Muskoka Kachelofen with acorn motif by Jessica Steinhauser





Heat Kit heater by Martin Palmer
Contraflow heater by Martin Palmer and Tim Murphy, Bay Bulls, Newfoundland


EPA Releases Proposed New Regulation, which includes Masonry Heaters

Masonry Heater Summary


John Ackerly, via Facebook


Observations 18 Years Later #2

by Marcus Flynn


Woodstove could save the world

Popular Mechanics

Renewable Heat NY funds 18 woody biomass projects

Biomass magazine


Measuring particulate emissions on a pellet stove with the Testo 380

(in German)



Heater build in Australia

by Marcus Flynn

The particulate emissions from all of the masonry heaters built in the U.S. in one year (about 500) equals the emissions from about 5 outdoor boilers.  The above photo demonstrates exactly why.
Based on data from the recent NYSERDA boiler field study, and research at MHA's Lopez Labs,  
Photo is from a great U.S. Forest Service article explaining NSPS


OMNI comparison data for the Condar portable dilution tunnel

This portable sampler is used by MHA's Lopez Labs
Correlation with EPA Method 5G-3 over 11 runs is fantastic!


White birch crib igniting from the side, shot at 240 frames per second.

Check out run HK-M16 - a white birch crib with side ignition and extensive video documentation


Maine Sunday Herald


Running a masonry heater emissions test

Lopez Labs instructional video - thanks to Jon Santiago for the camera work.

Masonry Heater testing at Lopez Labs
Fuel Crib testing at Lopez Labs

Updated February 3/14


Slow motion gas explosion video - mesmerizing




Update from Japan

by Aki Yoshimizu


Contraflow core with Tulikivi soapstone custom bench

Warmstone Fireplaces & Designs, Montana



Project in Vogues, France

by Marcus Flynn


Rocket Powered Kiln of Clay and Sawdust

by Kiko Denzer


Hybrid Oven

by Max Edleson


Kachelofen and Cook Stove by Jessica Steinhauser   (via Facebook)


Pisla HTT 602 door retrofit

NSPS: The Devil's in the Details

Biomass Magazine

Click for current MHA Newsletter


Gary is a P.E., an MHA Voting Member, and a partner in CrossFire Fireplaces


(Via Google Translate)


Biomass Magazine article

Wood Stove Decathlon
Testing Observations at the Wood Stove Decathlon


Particulate Sampling Comparison Testing at Brookhaven National Laboratory


Bricklaying in the Netherlands

Thanks to Boris Kukolj for the link


Speed lead system by Boris Kukolj


3層構造 コントラフローヒーター作製
長野県大町市

MHA is proud to present its first content in Japanese




Outdoor Fireplace and Bake Oven by MHA member  Dale Demary


Visit with Peter Van den Berg

by Boris Kukolj

Visit with Peter Van den Berg, Part II

by Boris Kukolj


Dynamic Thermal Properties Calculator

Free Download from The Concrete Centre (registration required)
Found on the
Rocket Stove Reference Library page


Teplushka by Marian Ozabal, Slovakia

Submitted by Marcus Flynn. More images of her work.






Testing at the Wood Stove Decathlon

Updated Dec 1/13




Energy In, Energy Out: Getting Off the Fossil Fuel Treadmill

by Ole Hendrickson


Update from Japan

by Aki Yoshimizu




Sunbathing in the living room: oven stoves and heat walls

Low-Tech Magazine


Masonry heaters for Passiv Houses

by MHA tech committe member Zoltan Nagy
Google translate - original Hungarian is here


Wood Stove Decathlon, Washington D.C., November 15 - 19, 2013


National Geographic video on Wood Stove Decathlon


New York Times article on Wood Stove Decathlon

Outside air for slab on grade
Outside Air for Slab on Grade

Repairing cracks in a masonry heater facing


Double Bell heater by Zoltan Nagy

Ortner fresco finish with custom glass work


Precast Oven

Ebay, via Alex Chernov


Pyromania:

"multiple, deliberate and purposeful fire setting rather than accidental. Pyromaniacs start fires to induce euphoria..." Wikipedia
(forwarded by Alex Chernov)


Cob Masonry Heater Experiment

via Max Edleson


Soapstone Fabrication Workshop at New Alberene Stone

Thanks to Dave Wilcox for the link suggestion


Wood powered El Camino, Finland


Carbon negative energy source

Uses biomass to create electricity + heat + charcoal.
It is fairly standard gasification and co-generation, except that they have optimized it with microprocessor control and standard field serviceable components available almost anywhere in the world. 
This looks like the real deal - it is the first commercial carbon-negative energy technology. -- ed


Contemporary style heater by Alex Chernov



How clean does a properly operated masonry heater burn?


Great TED Talk by James Hansen

James Hansen is an invited speaker at the Wood Stove Decathlon in DC this November.
Heating with wood is the lowest hanging fruit in reducing your personal carbon footprint.



Building remote radiant panels for a triple skin (Austrian air gap) heater

Updated on October 2/13


Via Facebook


Photo report from Japan

by Brian Klipfel


Great New Book by Richard Miscovich
.  See a preview here

If you order it from Amazon through the MHA Bookstore, you get a 22% discount
and MHA earns 15%.

Good Pizza Oven Discussion

From the Yahoo MHAmembers list


Adding Steam to a Bake Oven

with John Fisher
from the Yahoo MHAmembers list

2012 U.S. Census Shows Wood Heating Continues Growth Streak

from Alliance for Green Heat

"...Nearly 2.5 million households use wood as a primary heating fuel, making it, by far, the dominant residential source of renewable energy in the United States. .."

Nearly 2.5 million households use wood as a primary heating fuel, making it, by far, the dominant residential source of renewable energy in the United States. - See more at: http://forgreenheat.blogspot.ca/2013/09/2012-census-shows-wood-heating.html#sthash.nzPewink.dpuf

Nearly 2.5 million households use wood as a primary heating fuel, making it, by far, the dominant residential source of renewable energy in the United States. - See more at: http://forgreenheat.blogspot.ca/2013/09/2012-census-shows-wood-heating.html#sthash.nzPewink.dpuf


Guastavino staircase - Baker Hall at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA

From Lars Helbro

Contraflow masonry heater by Marcus Flynn
Heater by Marcus Flynn

Ardennes, Belgium.  200 year old reclaimed bricks from an outbuilding,
reclaimed limestone tiles from the kitchen floor.


HMED Class in Perth ON, September 2013

with John McDougall and Norbert Senf


Clay oven workshop in Ireland

With MHA member Hendrik Lepel.
Via Facebook


World's Quietest Firebrick Blade

IIn the video, when the cut starts, there is  not much extra noise from just the sound of the motor on the Karl Dahm saw, which is also quiet. The sound was recorded by the camera standing right next to the saw. Compare with the Target saw and regular blade, that then starts up about 25 ft away. It is louder than the saw only 2ft away.

Recorded at the recent MHA HMED workshop at John McDougall's shop near Perth Ontario. Full report on the workshop coming soon.


Work Hands Blog

Looks interesting. It mentions masonry heaters

The Social Cost of Carbon

Interagency Working Group on Social Cost of Carbon, United States Government


New wood fired oven book by Richard Miscovich

Click here to order

Infrared thermometer update

by Norbert Senf

5 ft. Toneh oven by Stovemaster
5 ft Toneh oven by Stovemaster


Eva and Ayla visit oven recently built by Firespeaking



Alliance for Green Heat  - Green Heat News, September 2012
Getting Smarter about the Smart Grid

Great analysis of current energy issues - biomass definitely needs to become part of this conversation

States "Notice of Intent" to sue EPA exaggerates complicated issues

by Scott Nichols, Tarm USA


Lehm und Feuer (Cob and Fire)


Free Download


New possibilities for castable refractory






Earth Oven

by Jaanus Viese, Estonia
via Facebook


Phenolic antioxidants in wood smoke

Jennica Kjällstrand and Göran Petersson
Dep't of Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University, Götenberg Sweden, 2002

..."The comprehensive Boise campaign estimated the lifetime lung
cancer risk due to extractable organic matter from particles (Cupitt et al., 1994). 

For the sameamount of extracted material, the risk was found to be about ten times larger for particles from mobile sources than for particles from residential wood burning. The antioxidant effects of the
methoxyphenols in the lungs are likely to explain much of this striking difference. Evidently,
the different impact on health of wood smoke particles compared to particles from other
sources should be considered when emissions from traditional small-scale wood burning are
regulated."....

contraflow heater by Ron Pihl
Flying Contraflow

This 31 year old contraflow heater by Ron Pihl was moved from the owner's old house into his new house.

Alliance for Green Heat

Seven states and five advocacy groups are threatening to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for missing its Clean Air Act deadline to review air quality standards for new residential wood heaters.
The states' notice of intent to sue is available at http://op.bna.com/fcr.nsf/r?Open=jcos-9aumdt.

masonry heater by Alex Chernov
Single Bell heater by Stovemaster

24"x24" insulated hemispherical black oven, heated bench, heated bed, cook stove


The Pretty Good House

Finding the right balance between construction cost and energy performance
GreenBuildingAdvisor.com


Free Online Permaculture Design Course

With Larry Korn


Wood Stove Design Challenge Partners

The U.S. and Australia have Similar, but Distinct,
Stove Regulation Strategies

Alliance for Green Heat


Click for Larger Version


Heater by Matt Helicke

Via Facebook

Triple skin / contraflow heater in Japan by Norbert Senf and Brian Klipfel
Triple Skin Contraflow Heater in Japan

by Norbert Senf and Brian Klipfel
22" replaceable firebox, white oven and small heated bench.  Two upstairs radiant panels.
To be finished in traditional  Japanese plaster. For MHA member Aki Yoshimizu, who attended Wildacres 2013

Eco-Chamber
Eco-labelled combustion chamber
 --  Technical Board of the Austrian Kachelofen Association

This leaflet is designed to assist in the construction of the Eco-labeled combustion
chamber that is characterized by extremely low emission levels and permit the attainment
of the Austrian Eco Label

Thanks to MHA technical committee member Zoltan Nagy for forwarding


Instructions for building the Austrian Eco-firebox

by Richard Jussel
Also see 2013 MHA Meeting Report for two versions of this firebox


Report from Masonry Heater Seminar "Lithuanian Summer - 2013"

by  И.А. Александров

Explanation of the OMB Review of the NSPS

Thanks to Alliance for Green Heat for putting this together

A Breathing Earth
A Breathing Earth


How your chimney really works

Chimney Safety Institute of America


Building a Brick House

Here's the proper way to do it, in Australia in 1946.
Excellent 10 minute documentary from the National Film Board of Australia


Building with Earth

by Prof. Gernot Minke
A great book. Thanks to Kiko Denzer for finding the free download link.


Its always SunRay in Washington State

New York Times


International Stovebuilding Workshop

Slovenia, July 15 - 20


New Kachelofen by Jessica Steinhäuser

Muskoka, ON
See construction photos on Facebook


Video of leveling clay plaster with a darby

Good demo posted by Michael Henry, Peterborough ON


Kachelofen by Jessica Steinhäuser


Austrian style firebox by Zoltan Nagy

Attorney says manufacturer, retailer share blame for wood boiler pollution

Fairbanks Daily News - Miner


Rath Biocombustion Chamber Plus


Architecture 2030

mobile oven by Stovemaster
48" Mobile Oven for Stratford Chef's School

by  Stovemaster


2013 MHA Design/Build Contest Winners


Australian masonry heater article

by Alan Burdon.
Alan and his wife Fiona Kotvojs run Heavenly Heat in Australia, and were at Wildacres 2013


Hungarian stovebuilding magazine features report on 2013 MHA Meeting

Google translate version on Zoltan Nagy's website.

Support Biomass Energy

Contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to vote for the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act


Baking bread in Kashmir

Thanks to Richard Miscovich for posting this on Facebook.

Bagel oven build by Alex ChernovBagel Oven build in New Zealand by Alex Chernov


New Zealand inventor breaks into Wood Stove Design Challenge

Rodney Times, NZ

Precast geodesic dome oven
36" Precast geodesic pizza oven at Wildacres 2013

with Marty Pearson

Short Exposures to heavy wood smoke don't have serious health effect - 2 new Danish studies


Russian Rocket workshop in Argentina with John Santiago


Is this Canada's Greenest Home?

Double bell heater with thin stone veneer by Brian Klipfel
Double Bell heater with thinstone veneer by Brian Klipfel

Swiss electrostatic precipitator for small wood systems


Wood Combustion Basics

EPA Seminar by Rick Curkeet, Intertek

EPA Requests Outdoor Boiler Companies to Remove Disputed Efficiency Ratings

Particulate and gaseous emissions from manually and automatically fired small scale combustion systems

Journal of Atmospheric Environment, Feb. 2011


Visit with Marcus Flynn in Montreal


Fluke Thermal Imaging at Wildacres 2013


Combustion Testing at Wildacres 2013

Combustion Analysis Basics

35 pages. Very clear introduction to combustion testing.
Thanks to Boris Kukolj for sending this

Harbison Walker Handbook of Refractory Practice


Contraflow heater by Colin Coveny

Kingston Frontenac stone with calcium oxide mortar

EPA Webinar video available

The May 9, 2013 webinar with Gil Wood of EPA regarding the new NSPS (New Source Performance Standards) is online. It was sponsored by Alliance for Green Heat and Biomass Thermal Energy Council

Wildacres Photo Report

Austrian triple skin heater report.


Photo by Luis Wegscheider


48" Adobe Pizza Oven

by Pat Manley and Marty Pearson


Aki and Aussie putting shrimps on the barbie

Thanks to Dan Givens for the photo.
Aki Yoshimizu is a house builder from Tokyo, Japan.
Fiona Kotvojs is an international development coordinator from Australia, who came with her husband, Alan Burdon. They build masonry heater in Australia
A record 10 countries were represented at Wildacres this year.


North American Single Skin Heater at Wildacres


Fluke Thermal Imaging at Wildacres

Click for larger image with more people
Thanks to Mike Wurzbacker and Adam Buursma for doing the imaging

WA Attendee List for Wildacres 2013

Headline Event for Wildacres 2013:

Wildacres 2013 Event Information


MHA Project at Navaho Reservation, Bluff, Utah

from: Matt Helicke


Construction of a Modern Kachelofen

Thanks to Boris Kukolj for the link


Levain video from Polestar Hearth in Guelph, ON

Bakery Fire


Adobe Bell Heaters in Argentina


New nominee to head EPA stresses need for clean cookstoves

EPA Changes Strategy Again

Will now phase in stricter standards for biomass stoves and boilers

Task Group begins work to include wood heaters in energy audits

Workshop In Slovakia

July 15 - 20, 2013
with Tom Trout, Johannes Riesterer and Vladimir Institoris


Kuznetsov workshop in Lithuania


Heaters by Slovak stove-builder Marian Ozabal

Interesting heaters and cookstoves, built with information from Marcus Flynn's Pyromasse site.


Artisanal Brickmaking in Argentina

by John Alejandro Santiago
Note chimney exit at top of door vault - this a bell type kiln

Pro Outdoor Boiler Bill Defeated in Utah

European car manufacturers manipulating efficiency figures

Exploit loopholes in EU law to achieve 25% to 50% higher results

Two storey heater by Alex Chernov
Two Storey Heater by Alex Chernov

Humor Department:
Outdoor boilers cleaner than wood stoves, boiler lobby tells Utah legislators


Bark up or Down? Firewood Splits Norwegians

New York Times


Fairbanks area chokes on wood stove pollution

Los Angeles Times

Vitalcommunities.org
Lopis Oven Building Sequence

Thanks to Kiko Denzer for the link to the Orchard Hill Bakery Picasa album


Kachelofen install

with Jessica Steinhauser


Castillian Hypocausts

Thanks to Marcus Flynn for the link.. The design is basically unchanged from Roman times, 2,000 years ago.

Masonry heater by Eric Moshier
Custom Soapstone Heater by Eric Moshier

New SR-13 air frame door by Solid Rock Masonry


MHA at World of Concrete, Las Vegas


Four Simple Steps to Drying Firewood  --  US-EPA
Using a Moisture Meter   -- US-EPA

Still Smoking - Clean Up Your Act

Article by Ron Pihl for "Outside Bozeman" magazine


Popular Mechanics Article on Wood Stove Design Challenge

Brookhaven Lab to Participate in Wood Stove Decathlon in Washington, D.C.

Check out the 14 Wood Stove Design Challenge Finalists


MHA Website Statistics for Jan/13

Page views are up 23% compared to January 2012.
Special thanks to Max Edleson for leading the web site redesign

Masonry heater by Derek Lucchese
Teplushka by Derek Lucchese

Design and working drawings by Alex Chernov
Iron spot magnesite facing bricks

Commercial bread oven by Alex Chernov
Low Rise Commercial Bread Oven

by Alex Chernov

Woodstove Design Challenge at Brookhaven
Wood Stove Design Challenge at Brookhaven National Laboratory

Sketchup Seminar Added to 2013 MHA Meeting

Masonry Heater by Dale Demary
Heater by Dale Demary


NYSERDA Outdoor Boiler Study 
(executive summary)

Outdoor boiler PM emissions were 100 times higher than what you would get with a masonry heater (!)

NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority)
The full 350 page study including all the data is located here

masonry heater by Marcus Flynn
Takka-Bell Combination

by Marcus Flynn

Eight of the 32 Wood Stove Design Challenge entries are masonry heaters

Fairbanks borough can't enforce winter ban on open burning, attorney concludes

Fairbanks Daily Newsminer (forwarded by Dave Misiuk)


Observations 16 Years Later

by Marcus Flynn

guastavino staircase(click for larger verion)
Guastavino staircase

Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC

Idle No More: Think Occupy, But With Deep Deep Roots

by Bill McKibben

Austrialia
Australia

The Carbon Neutrality of Biomass from Forests

World Bioenergy Association, Sweden

Most Popular Wildacres Pages

Which pages get linked around the web and become popular?

Rocket Bell heater by Peter van den Berg
The MHA Sketchup Page

Marcus Flynn article
Observations 11 Years Later

by Marcus Flynn


Burning Pellets in a Masonry Heater

by Dave Wilcox

Remembering Tom Pugh

"We just lost a friend" - Ron Pihl


Good Russian Stove Building Video

- this got a lot of disussion on the MHA Stove List recently

Fogo Island heater by Alex Chernov
Fogo Island heater by Alex Chernov

Maori ovens hold clues about the Earth

Bell Cookstove by Marcus Flynn
Bell Cookstove by Marcus Flynn

Paul Tiegs memorial
Paul Tiegs Memorial Gathering at OMNI-Test Laboratories

Photo story by Norbert Senf

Heat Kit heater core by Brian Klipfel
Corner Contraflow with White Oven and Heated Bench

HeatKit core by Brian Klipfel. Stone facing by client.

triple bell heater by Boris Kukolj
Triple bell 2 storey heater by Boris Kukolj


Kuznetsov Workshop, Azgrad, Russia, Fall 2012

Masonry heater retrofit with Dave Misiuk
Masonry Heater Retrofit with Dave Misiuk

Cold Climate Housing Research Center


Masons on a Mission

Pat Manley's project has built over 1000 cookstoves in Guatemala.
You can help
by donating money for the materials to build a stove for a family. It costs about $150. Simply contact Pat.


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