MHA Design/Build Contests

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MHA Design/Build Contest 

The Masonry Heater Association of North America hosts the annual Design/Build Contest for members of the organization. Participants enter their own projects, and experts in the industry judge the submissions without knowing who did the work.

Kachelofen by Jessica Steinhouser


Masonry Heater: Must be primarily a masonry heater but may have additional components such as a heated bench, heated water, or bake oven.

Dave Wilcox- Masonry

Dave Wilcox – Masonry Project

Masonry: May be any masonry project including a combination heater/fireplace/oven type of design, an entire house, chimney, wall, etc.

Commercial Bake Oven by Hendrik Lepel

Bake Oven: Must be primarily a bake oven with no attachment to a masonry heater, fireplace, or other appliance.

See the contest 2017 contest entry forms for complete information.

Contest results can be viewed on the following pages:

2016 Contest Winners

2015 Contest Winners

2014 Contest Winners

2013 Contest Winners

2012 Contest Winners

2011 Contest Winners

Sorry, we don’t have photos from 2009 – 2010. If you have photos from these contests please let us know so we can add them to the list. If you have any additions or corrections please contact Marge Padgitt.

If you are interested in participating in the next annual contest please download the entry forms and instructions here: 2016 contest entry forms  If you have questions please call Marge Padgitt at 816-461-3665 or send an email to Please read the rules carefully as they have changed slightly from last year. If you are interested in serving as a judge for the contest please let us know.

Media: Please visit the Media page for high-resolution photos of more projects by our members or send a request to Richard or Marge. Photos may be used in publications with proper credit given to the owner and the MHA.

Last modified: February 22, 2017, by marge
Created: June 23, 2013, by marge