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A Short but Sweet Guide on How to Start your Spring Oven Building Project

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Le Panyol outdoor wood fired ovenSpring’s rejuvenating presence is finally here in New England. We find this time of year is when we get the most phone calls and questions about DIY wood fired oven projects, what options are available, what makes our ovens different, and how long it takes to order and receive materials. There is a sense of ...

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Signature Pre-cut Soapstone Heater Kit

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As you may have read or noticed on our Web site, we have moved to a new building in Skowhegan, Maine after spending 35 years building the family business out of the Barden farmhouse just a few miles away. One of the reasons we made the move was in order to have the space and ability to manufacture more of our products in house and ultimately to offer a wider variety of turnkey models and kits for both our wood ...

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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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A Story to Tell…

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It’s been pretty hectic the past few weeks, moving into our new office while continuing to manage sales, existing orders and the ongoing day-to-day business operations. It’s unlikely you see any of us without an extra grande cup of coffee in the morning and another pot brewing by 10am. We are busy, we are happy and we are settling right in. We certainly have no complaints, but with any business, you often get lost in your to do lists. It’s ...

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Maine Wood Heat is Moving!

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After 34 years at the homestead in Norridgewock, Maine Wood Heat has moved to a new location in Skowhegan! We have much to do this week to get our offices set up, computers online and phone lines connected, so we apologize in advance if we are hard to reach. Please be patient with us, we’ll be back in touch soon!

We also wanted to send out a special thanks to our friends and family who helped us with the big move ...

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Le Panyol at The Boston Home Show

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Suffolk Downs saw its share of horsepower a few weeks ago as New England’s leading home and garden professionals arrived at the annual Boston Home Show.

We were invited by, and proud to team up with our partner, Joe Ventriglia of Terrascaping & Construction, an expert in designing and building masonry ovens, fireplaces and custom outdoor living spaces ...

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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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Russian Fireplaces & Albie Barden Mentioned in Yankee Magazine

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Yankee Magazine

Late one evening over the holidays, I received a call from a nice woman from Massachusetts who had read about us in Yankee Magazine. She was enamored with the concept of heating her small cottage with a Russian fireplace. It would be the heart of her small 800 square foot rustic retreat in the Berkshires. It was a pleasant conversation, and a ...

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Now Available – Masonry Heaters: Designing, Building, and Living with a Piece of the Sun

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Masonry Heaters by Ken Matesz“In Masonry Heaters, a rich and wonderful book, Ken Matesz sweeps away the ashes of our ignorance about the right relationship to fire. He argues — with quiet and crystal-clear clarity — that masonry heaters are the most intelligent, gentle, efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable, beautiful, and healthy form of heating humans ...

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