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Masonry Heater Staircases

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…. All images used with expressed …

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Details of Plumbing for a Thermosiphon Hot Water System

The purpose of this article is to share the specifics of one way to plumb a masonry heater to provide hot water for a home. In this project, a stainless steel heat coil in the firebox was connected to a well-insulated water tank above it which then work together through a passive thermosiphoning process to …

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Resources for Domestic Hot Water Systems for Woodstoves and Masonry Heaters

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This is part of a series of articles on heating hot water with masonry heaters and other wood-fired stoves: See also Details of Plumbing for a Thermasiphon Hot Water System We are currently reading “Handmade Hot Water Systems” by Art Sussman and Richard Frazier. This book has a really down-to-earth late-70’s approach to using your …

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