VENTURE BETWEEN LOPEZ QUARRIES AND MASONRY STOVE BUILDERS
Lopez Labs Archive
Jerry Frisch with his clean burning Frisch Rosin masonry
fireplace system (Norbert Senf in the shadows, holding "2 min."
Lopez Labs was started at the Everett, WA shop
of Lopez Quarries/Masonry Heaters. Between 1992 and 1995 we tested a variety
of masonry heaters for several weeks every spring at Everett. At over
one hundred test runs, this is the largest masonry heater performance
database in the United States or Canada. Lopez also participated with
two other labs in a simultaneous field test series of masonry fireplaces
at McNear Brick in California in 1995.
We have recently opened a second test facility at the Masonry Stove Builders shop here
at our home in Greermount, Quebec (close to Ottawa,
Canada's capital.) Here we are building a long term performance database
on how various operating factors affect specific heater models.
A number of papers have been published describing the research at Lopez
Labs. These are available at Lopez Labs Archive
2006 Tests at Shawville
Alaska Research Heater
Fuel Crib Testing, February, 2005
Heatkit white oven test, Feb. 3/03
Clearance to Combustibles Testing, MHA Annual Meeting,
Clearances to Combustibles testing, April, 2000
1997 Heater Combustion Tests