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Starting Over with Soapstone

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One of our greatest pleasures here at Maine Wood Heat is seeing a new house become a home. Being invited to take part in that transformation is why we chose masonry heating as our life’s work.

This spring, we met a couple that recently purchased their first log home together. They were looking for a wood burning soapstone masonry heater – it was right down our ally…

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Soapstone Fireplace Ignites Holiday Spirits

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In September of 2008, Maine Wood Heat promised to install a Castleton soapstone masonry fireplace in a Brunswick, Maine home before Christmas after selling the stove at the 08 Common Ground Fair.

Our client was Jeff Clapp, artist, wood turner, designer, environmentalist, and entrepreneur. He handed me a little three-inch square box and a brochure with his order. The plain brown card box held a clear plastic Christmas tree ornament. The ornament was ...

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Innovation in Masonry Heater Design

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How a Maine Wood Heat mason apprentice designed and built a masonry cooker/heater in a 30 year old yurt in our own backwoods.

Inspiration for innovative masonry heater design can happen just about anywhere… in the heart of a home, or even a portable yurt.

During the summer and fall of 08, we were joined by a fine young mason from Pennsylvania and Colorado named Matt Helike. After a month or two of Matt tenting in our woods, we reacquired a twenty-foot ...

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Fall's Bounty.

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Oct. 26, 08

Hard frosts did not come to our little farm in Norridgewock this year until mid-October. Dave Luce took time to bank the house with hay bales and plastic and also split and stacked about six cords of wood in new half pallet cribs that he built on hardwood pallets. I dug the potatoes from the garden and the calla lily bulbs in the half barrels lining the front drive and put them away in the ...

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Notes from the Common Ground, Part II.

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The second new product we showcased at the Fair this year is a small, handsome Finnish contra flow modular soapstone heater designed by our friend Glen Overk from Pennsylvania. The stone is from a quarry in Brazil that is owned and operated by a family firm in Vermont, with sales of the units directed from Nova Scotia. We sold two of these new ...

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Albie’s Corner: Common Ground Fair 2008.

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Maine Wood Heat brought three new products to this year’s 32nd annual Common Ground Fair, sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. As well as being one of the founders of the Fair, we have been at the Fair as a demonstrator or speaker every year since its beginning.

The first new product we brought along was the just-released turnkey concept wood fired ...

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A JOURNEY TO EUROPE

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In the winter of 1978, armed with a camera, a notebook, a three week Eurail pass, very little money, and a mission to learn about European masonry heater traditions, I, along with my wife Cheryl, and our infant son Scott, landed somehow in Switzerland. We stayed in the timber frame barn/home (einhaus) combination of a young organic agricultural extension agent, Otto Schmid, and his father. The home was heated, of course, with a Swiss tile stove (Kachelofen) that ...

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