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Parisian Wood Fired Basement Ovens

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Parisian Wood Fired Basement Ovens

December 8, 15

 

Parisian Wood Fired Basement Ovens

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Traditional wood fired ovens were widely distributed throughout Paris. The retail bake shop was very visible and located at street level with display windows along the sidewalk. The engine that ran and supplied all the baked goods was in the basement where natural conditions provided a darker ...

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The East Madison Restoration Project 2015

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The East Madison Restoration Project 2015

 

Ten minutes from our shop in Skowhegan, Maine, Rick Anzelc purchased a 1830′s Greek Revival farmhouse, ell, wood shed and barn where he had lived as a boy. Recent previous owners/tenants had not treated the home well, and after the last tenants left the abandoned house suffered the loss from theft of all the copper wiring and pipes. After Rick bought the house, he decided to strip it back to its bare bones of frame, ...

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Heater in Bowdoinham, ME

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Heater in Bowdoinham, ME

Reeve and Hannah Wood purchased an early 19th century farmhouse in Bowdoinham, Maine just off the undeveloped exit ...

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The Schultz Heater

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The Schultz Heater

Converting a poorly built brick Heatilator fireplace into a high efficiency double downdraft stone veneer masonry heater with fire view, bake oven and heated bench in Lanesboro, MA. (2014)

 

Schultz Heater Retrofit-1

The timber frame house and ten acres of open land on a ridge just outside of Pittsfield, Massachusetts offered enough land for Jim and Annie Schultz to start their organic Red Shirt Farm and to make ...

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Masonry heater smoking? It may not be what you think!

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Masonry heater smoking?  It may not be what you think!

December 1, 2014
I was working on a masonry heater project in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in October (2014) when I received a call from my old friend Peter Moore in Vermont.  Peter, who builds exquisite masonry heaters and wood fired ovens (for 30+ years), was reaching out for help.  He had built a masonry heater for his daughter and she recently discovered that the heater was not drafting properly and was smoking into the room.  Peter went over to inspect everything ...

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Why fire a Le Panyol oven with wood and not coal?

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This was an excellent question asked recently by one of our mobile oven clients. Excellent questions deserve thorough answers, so our very own Albie Barden stepped up to the plate on this one…

French Le Panyol OvenFor the past ten years, we have been importing Le Panyol wood fired ovens from France. The wood fired ovens ...

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Thurrell Masonry Heater

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Thurrell Heater ProjectBob and Lynn Thurrell bought an old center chimney cape farmhouse and land in Pownal, Maine a generation ago. The house was a wreck when they got it and Bob worked feverishly to make it habitable for their first winter. They made it through with a wood stove and lots and lots of blankets, but the house took a long time ...

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Building Community Around a Wood Fired Oven

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Five years ago, Albie traveled in cold weather to Livingston Manor, New York to build a masonry heater and cookstove for Amy and Wes Gillingham and their children Roan and Iris. The land that Amy and Wes live on is about 100 acres of Hemlock and hardwood forest straddling a long bluestone ridge. Their 1/2 mile long driveway leaves Cattail Road and travels down across gravel and glacially scoured bedrock to an old homestead, remnants of which provided Amy and ...

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Montana Stacy/Ireland Heater Part II: The Magic & Mystery of Basalt

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The original and Northern most entrance to Yellowstone Park is located in Gardiner, Montana beside the Yellowstone River. Marking the entrance is a huge brown basalt stone arch standing like a gateway, minus the walls, to an ancient city of fortress. The corners of the gateway are made of large squared block (quoins) but all the infill blocks have points on them like dinosaur armor. As a stone mason, I noticed, but really didn’t understand this detail when we drove ...

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Masonry Heater Workshop Fall 2010 | Montana Travertine

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John Stacy and Shirl Ireland met me after dark at the Bozeman, Montana airport to drive me to their home in Gardiner, Montana for the recent masonry heater workshop we held there in October of 2010. Getting all the cardinal directions clear in the dark and seeing where we were was difficult because, as usual, I hadn’t carefully studied any maps before this long awaited trip. Driving up the Paradise Valley towards Gardiner we kept a steady lookout for elk ...

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