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November 20, 2017

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Photo Story

Attendee List for Wildacres 2017


Cookstove and Kachelofen with bench, one chimney

by Jessica Steinhauser



MHA will be at the 2018 Wood Stove Design Challenge

- testing the stoves
- demonstrating a masonry heater



Best Technical Articles and Discussions

check out the revamped page!

The beauty of Sketchup Layout



Outside Combustion Air Supply

Sketchup model by Masonry Stove Builders.


New batch rocket idea by Peter van den Berg


EPA Webinar, Nov 29. Registration Page





Kachelofen by Jessica Steinhauser

 New round Kachelofen, designed with daisy motif, clients' favourite flower and family crest. The rope pattern represents the location right next to the Atlantic on the east coast of north America.




Boilers and their Piping

by Igor Kuznetsov




New mobile friendly MHA website design is now online






Also check out MHA's recent emissions research


Beijing Style!









MHA Technical Committee member
Crispin Pemberton-Pigott  designed the stoves 
in this project.

PM reduction of "over 90%" is actually closer to 99% (!)



Chimney details (click for larger version)

Taken from the EXCEL Factory Built Chimney Installation and Maintenance Instructions


Kuznetsov stove in Poland


Household Stove Systems, their features and differences

by Igor Kuznetsov




Neighbors of famous Montreal bagel ovens file complaints about toxic wood burning fumes.






Marcus Flynn now has a mobile friendly website







MHA Fall Newsletter


Kuznetstov in Italy


Flat arch by Boreal Heat and Firespeaking

Adventures in Stove Testing

by Norbert Senf

Updated August 18, 2017




Locally made plastic refractories

by Crispin Pemberton-Pigtott
reporting from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia




Household stove systems, their features and differences

by Igor Kuznetsov




Skip Barnett, inventor of the Condar

1996 Fireplace emissions testing seminar, OMNI-Test, Oregon
(Dale Hisler is third from the left (red shirt))






The story of the Frisch Rosin fireplace air system.




Link to 1992 article


Stacking the annual top down burn at Chris Prior's
NY Chimney Sweep Guild gathering.



Soapstone heater,  Kenai Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Alaska - posted by Richard Smith


Heater Testing at Wildacres 2017

Updated July 24/17


Firetube Workshop, Wildacres 2017


Small Contraflow at Wildacres 2017

With David Thomen and Dave Wilcox



John Ackerly's interview with Rod Tinnemore

Dale Hisler memorial
Dale Hisler memorial gathering

Norwich, VT. July 1, 2017

Article on hot mixed mortars


(Image links to Atlantic article. Full Nature article.










by Boreal Heat








Updated June 30/17


Straight Talk

James E. Houck ( May 2017 Hearth and Home magazine)

Discussion on the MHA Technical Committe List


New Heatkit bottom end



Heater by Marcus Flynn

recycled old Montreal hard bricks



Carving clay




Viscous flow in ducts




Crispin  is a member of MHA's technical committee.

Using Layout with Sketchup Pro for custom assembly drawings

Norbert Senf



Pizza Oven by Stovemaster

The New Farm, Singhampton ON












Commercial Mobile Bread Oven

by Jon Santiago, Hearth + Timber



36" Sand Cast Refractory Oven

with Marty Pearson and Norbert Senf


Need a magnesium Rosin fireplace mold, vibrating table, etc, etc??


Wildacres Video

Awesome video by Chad and Jason Turpin





Wildacres Photo Report - People

Check back for full report on all the workshops
photo credit: Stefan Polatschek

MHA Auction Donor List




Overair Conversion

by Marcus Flynn

This client near Toronto has been heating his 3000 sq. ft. zero energy passive house with a masonry heater
 exclusively for for 10 years, using approximately 1.5 cords of wood per winter.


Tulikivi will have a presence there, as will MHA.
MHA is a member of BTEC, and BTEC will give you a member discount on
the registration fee.

AFPMA
AFPMA - Association Franšaise du Poŕle MašonnÚ Artisanal

The Masonry Heater Association of France

Wildacres 2017



WaWaBar and Karata

by Marcus Flynn

MHA Lab Progress

en route to Wildacres, Damien Lehmann from France visited the MHA lab to help finish the instrumentation setup.


Surface mount soldering of precison humidity sensors onto custom circuit boards


10 channel I2C high precision differential pressure sensor system

Report from Kyrgyzstan

by MHA Tech Committee member Crispin Pemberton-Pigott


Moskitia: Field Notes

by Marcus Flynn


Multifunctional Complex by Igor Kuznetsov


Agenda for Wildacres 2017

Design/Build Contest for Wildacres 2017


Manufactured heater test method exploratory testing, Hearth Lab Solutions, Randolph VT.

Left to right: Mark Champion, Boris Kukolj, Chris Prior, Norbert Senf, Jean-Francois Vachon
photo credit: Mark Seymour






R-Value Calculator from the Alberta Masonry Council









Manufactured Heater Test Method Development Testing at Hearth Lab Solutions, Randolph Vermont

This is the first time that the Condar portable dilution tunnel has been run with EPA Method 5-G on a masonry heater for a one-on-one comparison




Crispin Pemberton-Pigott is a member of the MHA Technical Committee
Check out his 2015 Ontario Stove Testing Camp



Presentations from the Albany NESCAUM Emissions Conference, Nov 30 -- Dec 1, 2016







MHA Projects Page Update (2016 projects added)


Dale Hisler

From: Ron Pihl <ron@warmstone.com>
Date: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 8:17 PM

Dale Hisler (Hisler = Heat Maker in German) died yesterday. Sorry to send us such sad news.
Ron




by Firespeaking




by Firespeaking





Manufactured heater test method development

- manufactured heater fueling protocol development testing by EPA in co-operation with MHA.
- left to right: Mark Seymour, Boris Kukolj, Mark Champion, Chris Prior, Jean-Francois Vachon
- the testing was done at Mark Champion's lab in Randolph VT.
- Feb 2/17: preliminary results summary. Check back later for more details


Cordwood repeatability study, MHA lab

- Red oak cordwood,
- using proposed manufactured heater default fueling specification (under discussion)
- compare with white birch cordwood testing at Mark Champion's lab (above)


Stacked Heatkits by Alexandre Paquin, Lac Des Ecorces, Quebec






Open fireplace with oven by Igor Kuznetsov



Boilers. Via Facebook (Mihail Markin)







Time lapse video, top down burn - 60 lbs oak @16% moisture

MHA Research Heater









First tests of a proposed new cordwood testing protocol, using the MHA Research Heater 

Test results


Jan 10/17 Sensor locations specified by Daniel Lehmann for handbuilt heater
calculator development and verification testing. MHA research heater.

Download Sketchup model


Contraflow heater my Marcus Flynn

Wakefield Quebec, off grid house, 2005. Reclaimed bricks ca. 1900













Oven with open fireplace by Igor Kuznetsov



Click to download newsletter
















Cool video of an Eco-labelled firebox burning 2x cleaner than a pellet stove

by Homestead Heat
this was the first eco-labelled (Austrian) firebox tested by MHA. 


Posted to Facebook by Karoly Borbely, Hungary


8" Damper by Marcus Flynn


Stacked heaters with tight chimney clearance, using 8" O.D. stainless flue liners.

Sketchup model by Masonry Stove Builders


by Firespeaking





Multifunction Stove/Fireplace/Oven/Smoker/Tandoor

by Igor Kuznetsov




Heater by Tony DaSilva


Connection for ICC 8" stainless flue liner

Sketchup model by Masonry Stove Builders

MHA Technical Committee Progress Report, Nov 15/16


Huge archive of technical information on wood gasification




page 1, page 2


French Oven Design Book



Community Oven by Red Clay Construction

Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick








Infrared Images of Double Bell heater

by Saulius Prabulis, Poland





Correspondence with the new Polish Masonry Heater Builders' Association


Heater by MHA member Kari Rale

36" x 36" Vaulted oven by Stovemaster Inc.

Toronto. Design by Stefan Polatschek.
Cedar trim hides low sloping roof with water pour-off at rear.


New product from Firespeaking



Mini steam boiler by Igor Kuznetsov






Outdoor cooking complex by Igor Kuznetsov

From left: oven, pizza oven, smoker, cooktop, boiler, heating complex






Bill Reiche, Mason


Pizza Oven with improved air system

by Igor Kuznetsov




Multi-function oven by Igor Kuznetsov


Construction Video





Multi-function oven with heat regulation by Igor Kuznetsov




Contraflow Heater by Marcus Flynn

Reused La Prairie bricks from the 1950s


















Interview with Tom Marcantonio on CBC Radio



CAT Thermal Imaging Phone




Comparison of Furnaces

by Igor Kuznetsov


The Future of Biomass

Silicon Valley Innovation Institute
Find out why biochar producing stoves will become the next big thing.


Kon-Tiki - the democratization of biochar production



Homestead Heat AIA
American Institute of Architects Newsletter





49" x 63" Small Commercial Oven Core

3-D Construction Sequence in Sketchup (Masonry Stove Builders)


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