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This is a chronicle of design development for a custom Tulikivi masonry heater that shows the process of communication between us, our clients, Tulikivi, and Tulikivi’s design team.
After having some initial conversations with the clients by phone and obtaining a .DFX file of the floor plan from the architect, I made the following rough sketch proposals…
The clients were leaning in the direction of the TTU 2700. They were interested in adding some benches so I made the following more specific drawing that included benches and a proposal for how they could store their wood…
Upon making a site visit and meeting with the clients and the home builder at the rough framing stage, an issue with the way the chimney placement was dictated by a minimum hallway clearance of 36″ on the second floor was identified. This caused me to change the proposal from a top-venting unit to a bottom-venting unit with a side chimney extension so that we could shift the chimney location and meet the necessary clearance on the second floor while maintaining the relationship between the heater and the living room on the first floor. Hence…This pivot was facilitated by a design precedent by Warmstone Fireplaces & Design, which was available to us via the Tulikivi dealer intranet….
…we honed some details together and I sent our request to the Tulikivi design team in Finland via our North American representative Boris Kukolj…
The design team led by Jari Murto responded with the following…
….and now we are looking forward to receiving the unit for this project which is slated to built in March 2019.
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It still takes a somewhat trained eye to understand the overall flow of gases through these sections. Further refinement and artistry would render them more understandable still. Basically, wood is burned very efficiently in the firebox, goes up and around a “white” oven and then down and around into a heated bench before coming back up and exiting through the chimney. A bi-pass damper will be installed in order to be able to prime the flue.
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This is an initial photo report of a recently completed masonry heater with inline wood-fired oven built in Grants Pass, OR. The heater uses Balmoral brick and tile details that the client provided, along with polished concrete details made in our shop.
Your choice of brick for a project will have a big impact on the final feel. There are two principle suppliers of brick in the Willamette Valley.
Willamette Graystone supplies brick from the following manufacturers:
Mutual Materials makes their own brick in the Pacific North West.
Here is an exciting innovation combining the advantages of a rocket-fired combustion box with the practicality and efficiency of a wood-fired barrel oven. This idea was developed by Flemming Abrahamsson of Fornyet Energi in Denmark. See also his brilliant Rocket-Fired Griddle Oven Design, which further combines a cooktop griddle to the configuration.
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- Download Sample Build Sequence (PDF)
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This is an important evolution in the barrel oven concept because it both improves combustion and does away with the need for the additional hardware beyond the barrel of a firebox door, grate and ash drawer. Notice the very simple yet clever sections sketched at 1 and 2 which demonstrate how the flue path is baffled to improve heat exchange.
Flemming has agreed to provide these drawings and the photos of a build sequence for free in order to maximize their potential reach. You can contact Flemming for project specific design/consultation and also for barrel oven hardware in Europe.
Staircases and masonry heaters both provide essential functions yet take up substantial floorspace. Placing a heater near a stair case requires respecting proper clearances to combustibles and can sometimes lead to tricky finish details or awkward spaces. Why not combine these two important functions into one!? Here are some ideas….
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