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                                        Maine Wood Heat History

Maine Wood Heat’s roots trace back to the late 1970s, marked by an unwavering commitment to crafting high-efficiency wood-fired appliances, including the exquisite Finnish-designed masonry heaters. Albie and Cheryl Kemper (then Barden) were the architects of our humble beginnings, pouring their dedication into nurturing both the burgeoning business and their growing family.

In the year 2000, our narrative took a captivating turn as Maine Wood Heat expanded its horizons, delving into the world of modular wood-fired ovens through a groundbreaking partnership with Fayol SA, the innovative manufacturer behind Le Panyol oven cores. It was during this era that Scott Barden, the son of Albie and Cheryl, actively joined the company in 2005. Driven by a desire to guide the company towards a manufacturing focus, Scott sought to liberate us from the nomadic building demands intrinsic to crafting masonry heaters.

Fast forward two decades, and our evolution has not only endured but deepened. Nestled in the heart of the small yet vibrant Skowhegan community, cradled in the foothills of Maine, we take pride in producing nearly 100% of our offerings under a single roof. Our diverse wood-fired pizza oven product lines, including mobile wood-fired pizza ovens, commercial wood-fired pizza ovens, residential wood-fired pizza ovens, and turn-key wood-fired pizza ovens, have flourished, becoming a testament to our enduring dedication to excellence.

Fueled by an ever-expanding interest and a unique capability in the realm of metalworking, we consistently push the boundaries of creativity and functionality with every oven creation. At Maine Wood Heat, our journey is not just about crafting ovens; it’s about sculpting a legacy, rooted in tradition and fueled by innovation. Join us as we continue to redefine possibilities, ignite passions, and weave stories that transcend the boundaries of time.

Meet the Maine Wood Heat Team

Scott Barden

Co-Owner, Designer & Oven Builder

Garrett Veinotte

Shop Manager

Cheryl Barden Kemper

Founder & Co-Owner

Tom Mason

Lead Welder

Ben Wehry

Masonry & Welder