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February 8, 2016

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MHA Board of Directors
2015 - 2017:

President Dan Givens
Vice President Marty Pearson
Secretary Ron Pihl
Treasurer  Doug Hargrave
Members at large Boris Kukolj
Chris Prior
Matt Helicke

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

Polish stove maker

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

Masonry heaters on Pinterest

      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.

MHA Research Heater Modifications

Background, updated Dec 29/15

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)

Contraflow corner heater by Stephen Bushway

Martha's Vineyard

Check out the entries in the 2016 Pellet Stove Design Challenge

Double Bell fireplace by Stovemaster

Resistance coefficients for duct elbows

from Damien Lehmann

Counterflow example

from Damien Lehmann

After Volkswagen Revelations, Auto Emissions Tests Come Under Global Scrutiny

The New York Times, Sep 24/15

OMAFRA Advanced Boiler Testing

MHA's Lopez Labs (Shawville) is sharing resources with
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture's advanced boiler testing
project. Terrence Sauve is an engineer with the ministry, who
I met at the Ontario Stove Testing Camp.

Repair details 24 years later

by Marcus Flynn

Handbuilt corner contraflow heater 22"
Handbuilt 22" corner contraflow heater core

Sketchup model by Masonry Stove Builders

International Residential Code (IRC) changes door requirements for fireplaces

Interesting new stove development

Contraflow heater by Marcus Flynn

Reused clay brick c. 1900 and concrete floor tile, c 1920.

Heater by MHA member Anna Ledford

Laboratory and field investigations of PM and CO emissions from traditional
and improved cookstoves

Christoph Roden, Tami Bond et al, 2008

Relationship of Visible Smoke and Particulate Emissions

Environment Canterbury Regional Council, New Zealand, 2014

Fantastic list of technical links

Via Allan Turner (facebook)

Small Biomass Boiler Factsheet

by Terrence Sauve
Terrence is a PE who attended the recent Ontario stove testing workshop

Ontario Stove Testing Camp, July 9-10, Kingston ON

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott was the presenter. 

Development of a Low Smoke Mongolian Coal Stove

by Crispin Pemberton-Pigott, 2011

Basic Operating Parameters of a Natural Draft, Top-Lit Updraft Gasifier (ND-TLUD)
by Julien P. Winter (2015)
Julien is a soil scientist who participated in the recent Ontario Stove Testing Camp

MHA member Red Clay Construction, Prince Edward Island

Plaster by Syuhei Hasado

Fascinating video on the role of charcoal in Japanese culture

Origins of EPA Method 5 and the Condar

by Dr. Stockton Barnett, 1985

The Clean Warmth of an Engineered, Regulated Fire

Companies and organizations speak out about U.S. EPA’s new source performance standards for residential wood-fired appliances.
- Biomass magazine

See also: New high mass brick oven by Eric Moshier

Tulikivi petitions EPA for reconsideration

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