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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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Why a Wood Fired Oven

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…and not gas or electric?

Here at Maine Wood Heat Co., we were recently asked “What’s the difference between using a Le Panyol wood fired oven and a gas or electric oven?” It’s a valid question, we’d like to share our thoughts and welcome yours.

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The Art of Artisan Baking…

For us, having and using a wood fired oven can be a way of life. The intimate ...

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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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Le Panyol Restaurant Profile: Harvest & Heart, Saratoga Springs, NY

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Harvest & Hearth owners Pete and Gina Michelin purchased their Le Panyol Model 120 wood fired pizza oven from us last summer.  Pete actually made the drive from New York to Central Maine to pick up what was to become the centerpiece of his restaurant, and it was wonderful to get to meet such a nice client in person.

Following the visit we didn’t hear ...

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A Masonry Heater Testimonial.

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Dear Albie and Cheryl,

wood burning masonry heaterHere are a couple photos of our heater. Karen and I had it built to your customized plans in 1995. It has performed wonderfully over all of these years. At first it was our only means of heating our 2016 sq. ft. super insulated, passive solar house. Two cords of wood heated our house ...

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Mark Twain on Masonry Heaters.

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“Take the German stove, for instance … where can you find it outside of German countries? I am sure I have never seen it where German was not the language of the region. Yet it is by long odds the best stove and the most convenient and economical that has yet been invented.

To the uninstructed stranger it promises nothing; but he will soon find that it is a masterly performer, for all that. It has a little ...

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Wood Fired Store Now Up!

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The Maine Wood Heat wood fired oven store is off and running!

We’ve got official Le Panyol peels, hearth brushes and ash rakes along with items from local artisans like Phil Gaven of Shining Glass Studios. Phil makes the most beautiful bread and pizza peels you’ve ever seen, guaranteed! Each has its own unique grain and coloring and Phil uses an assortment of ...

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Le Panyol Restaurant Profile: Ken’s Artisan Pizza, Portland, Oregon

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In just two short years, Ken’s Artisan Pizza has become the stuff of Pizza Legends on the West Coast.  Having known and understood owner Ken Forkish’s food credo–essentially the best of everything, always–it was of little surprise to me that the restaurant has become an institution on Portland’s East Side.  The building, the atmosphere and most of ...

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Stop the Pizzapocalypse!

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The Slice Blog at seriouseats.com brings us serious evidence of the approaching Pizzapocalypse this New Year’s Eve. The Four Horsemen have apparently been seen galloping past in the form of pizza vending machines, text message pizza ordering from both Papa John’s and Pizza Hut, $1 billion in online pizza orders and TiVos hooked up to Domino’s.

If cardboard crust and ...

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Treehuggers Love Masonry Heaters.

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Treehugger.com has been a hub for Green information on the web for quite some time now. The site is a tremendous resource for environmentally minded folks, featuring daily news and updates on everything from renewable energy to green arts and crafts for kids. That’s why it’s no surprise that the Treehuggers give masonry heaters two resounding thumbs up. Make the jump ...

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