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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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Le Panyol Ovens at Home in RESIDE Magazine

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RESIDE Magazine“Life takes place where you RESIDE.”
~ Sotheby’s International Realty

With each Le Panyol wood fired oven we design, we celebrate the creative nature of our client’s homes, their lifestyles, personalities, and culinary aspirations. As such, it was a wonderful surprise to find our Le Panyol ovens featured in Sotheby’s International Realty Magazine, RESIDE, a publication dedicated to the creative world of ...

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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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Firewood 101 with Cheryl Barden

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When you grow up in rural Maine, you learn quickly the term “character building.” Whether it was picking endless rows of corn in 90 degree heat or getting together to catch a rogue cow, as a child growing up on a dairy farm, these were all what my parents referred to as “character building” experiences.

I couldn’t help but think of this phrase when Cheryl recounted her weekend stacking firewood in the middle of one of the hottest stretches of summer. ...

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Masonry Heater Workshop Announcement

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Masonry heater workshop with Albie BardenDate: October 18th – 29th, 2010
Location: Wilton, ME
Cost: $500.00

Albie Barden, Master Builder and President of Maine Wood Heat Co., will be working on a stone veneer see-through masonry heater at the Cram residence in Wilton, ME during the last two weeks of October, and welcomes any interested mason (beginner, intermediate or advanced) to ...

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Kneading Conference 2010

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From seed to loaf…How do we get there from here?

wheatBakers from all over the country joined together with millers, grain growers, and experts in soil and sustainable farming practices last month for the 2010 Kneading Conference held in Skowhegan, Maine. We were honored to take part, arriving each day as the sun was rising to fire up our Le ...

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Wood Fired Maine Lobster & Asparagus Pizza

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We love wood fired pizza. We also love the fact that making it is actually part of our job description. Being in the business of designing and building wood fired pizza ovens, it’s only natural we eat a fair amount. Practice makes perfect, right?

Earlier this year, we had a few visitors interested in a Le Panyol mobile oven. They wanted to work with the oven hands-on before making their final decision. So we decided to throw ...

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An Uncommon Man and his Uncommon Heater

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Six years ago, a young and inspired environmental artist, Jeff Clapp, traveled to Nepal on a mission to clean up the trash left behind by the mountaineers of Mount Everest. When Jeff embarked on this journey, he wasn’t aware that it would soon change the course of his life.

Like the old saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” Jeff returned home with empty ...

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The Untypical Terre Blanche

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Over the years, one of the most common questions we answer is “What makes a Le Panyol wood fired oven different from other oven core kits on the market?” Since so many people take the time to call in, or email to ask this question, we figured it’s about time we shed some light on the topic.

le panyol copper ovenAs you probably ...

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Wood Fired Cooking with Cate

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cate bakingAs I walk in the door, rhythmic tunes of Bob Marley & the Wailers plays lightly in the kitchen, and fresh pita dough is spinning to the beat – like the room has come to life all on its own. The smell of buttery goodness, and counters filled with a collage of fresh veggies waiting to be ...

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