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Masonry Heaters, Wood-Fired Ovens, Natural Building

Masonry Heaters

Masonry Heaters feature efficient combustion and a labyrinth of internal flues running through a large mass to store all the heat generated.  As you can see from our portfolio below, we are versed in designing different shapes to best fit the space and are skilled at using many different materials.

Masonry Heater with Stone Facing in Eugene, OR

Masonry heater with heated bench, faced with ledge stone and granite.  A custom bi-pass damper allows the flue gases to go straight up.  Once the chimney is primed, the flue gases are directed into the heated backrest, through the bench and then up an internal chimney.  The heater core was designed using “bell” principles by … Read Full Post …

Lodge Style Masonry Heater

The clients really wanted the performance of a masonry heater but they also wanted their heater to be reminiscent of a lodge style open fireplace.  It would have been easy to build the core vertically and then just made the masonry thicker at the bottom but this would have made the heater less responsive and … Read Full Post …

Masonry Heater in Bend, OR

Masonry heaters are a relatively new tradition in North America. We do not have the same tactile memory that many Europeans do of experiencing the warm, thorough heat. As such, many of us builders spend a lot of time educating potential clients. This was not the case with the Allens! This was their fourth masonry … Read Full Post …

Custom Masonry Heater at Abundant Solar (Corvallis, OR)

(click on images to enlarge, hover over for descriptions) (process photos by Dylan Boye) Have you ever heard of Earthships?  The term refers to a grouping of design principles that aims to make houses as self-sufficient as possible.  They were pioneered by a man named Michael Reynolds, a creative architect genius from New Mexico, who … Read Full Post …

Ledge Stone Masonry Heater Near Eugene, Oregon

This heater was built for a family who live near Eugene, OR.  It features a see-through firebox, heated bench and a bake oven.  The outside skin is laid with Montana Bitterroot ledge stone with Three Rivers stone detailing the bake oven arch.  We cast, poured and and polished the bench which includes special embedded stones … Read Full Post …

Masonry Heater at the Allen’s (Portland, OR)

  We built this masonry heater in the Portland area in autumn of 2011.  Our clients had collected many beautiful bricks dating back to 1883 (a long time from our West Coast perspective!), local basalt rock, and cobble stones that originally paved the streets of Portland. This masonry heater (based on the Swedish 5-run design) … Read Full Post …

Cob Masonry Heater at Cob Cottage Company

This is a very exciting and experimental masonry heater built by many hands through a workshop at the Cob Cottage Company in southwestern Oregon.  The challenge – that Ianto Evans is so consistently a champion of – was to build a masonry heater that was made of local materials and through local craftsmanship.  Flemming Abrahamsson, … Read Full Post …

Corner Heater

Handmade Earthen Plaster and Raku Tiles Imagine a wood stove that you only had to fire for two and a half hours in the evening and that the heat produced would keep you warm all through the next day.  Imagine you could bake in it and heat your domestic water.  And imagine that all of … Read Full Post …

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