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Kneading Conference and Maine Artisan Bread Fair 2010

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The countdown begins…

Le Panyol wood fired oven fired upAll of us here at Maine Wood Heat Co. are getting “fired up” about this year’s Kneading Conference and Maine Artisan Bread Fair coming up July 29th – 30th. The countdown has begun, the schedule is set, the presenter’s are lined up, and the ovens are ready ...

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Heikki Hyytiainen Comes to Wild Acres

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heikki HyytiainenOur old friend of over thirty years, Heikki Hyytiainen, came to Wild Acres this year in Little Switzerland as a speaker and presenter at the annual Masonry Heater Association retreat. Heikki was our first significant contact in Europe who graciously introduced Doug Wood and Albie Barden to the world of Finnish Contraflow heaters in the winter of 1979. In the spring of 1979, ...

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Mary Jane and her Copper Oven

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When I think about wineries, I picture rolling hills off the coast of California, buff colored landscapes dotted with rich green trees and tufts of wind swept grass, and row upon row of vines as far as the eye can see, against a backdrop of vibrant peach colored sunsets. Growing up in New England surrounded by thick pines and rocky coastlines, it never occurred to me that a similar landscape could be found in just a day’s drive.

Mary Jane and ...

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Outdoor Wood Fired Ovens Featured in Home Design Magazine

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luxury home quarterlyLuxury Home Quarterly, a leading magazine in custom home design, recently selected our signature series of Le Panyol outdoor wood fired ovens for the “On the Rise” section in their May/June 2010 issue.

The On the Rise piece features trendsetting designs, up-and-coming businesses, new construction projects and innovative professionals. We’re ...

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Wood Fired Baking with the Jubinsky’s

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Michael’s Law: “No matter where you are, when working with flour,
you’re always downwind.”

~ Michael Jubinsky, Stone Turtle Baking & Cooking School

I wiped my brow as I read the recipe for classic French bread. I’ll admit, I was a little nervous I would be the only one in the class to make a mistake. I think Michael may have sensed my uneasiness, because he made multiple trips around the table to check in ...

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Signature Copper Oven Shines in the Heart of Wine Country

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With a new Maine Wood Heat Signature Le Panyol oven in the heart of Wine country, word is sure to spread fast about Medlock Ames’ gleaming addition to their newly opened tasting room.

Le Panyol Wood Fired Oven at Sonoma Vallery Winery

Located at 3487 Alexander Valley Road, in Healdsburg in the old Alexander Valley ...

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Marty Cain Masonry Heater Workshop

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Albie drove a fully loaded truck and trailer to North Carolina from Maine with two crates on board with soapstone, sandstone, marble, firebrick and castable refractory elements all prefabbed for a small masonry heater at Marty Cain’s mountain top home in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Earlier this spring, Marty had local workmen come in and pour a reinforced footing under the area on her Continue Reading →

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Winning Masonry Heater & Bake Oven Design Awards at Wild Acres

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For the past few years at the annual meetings of the Masonry Heater Association of North America which takes place at the Wild Acres Retreat Center in Little Switzerland, a design contest has been held for the best masonry heater, the best masonry bake oven and this year for the best masonry project.

soapstone masonry heaterEntries are submitted with descriptions but no names of ...

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A Masonry Heater, Cook Stove & Bake Oven Testimonial

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It’s a cool rainy March day at the end of the first Maine winter using our wood burning masonry heater/cook stove.

Overall, the operation exceeded expectations. Our primary consideration was for a clean, efficient way to heat with wood. We have enjoyed heating and cooking with wood for almost 30 years using traditional wood stoves. The masonry heater/cook stove ...

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The Story of Sampsa’s Soapstone Heater

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sampsaWhen Sampsa first contacted me about building a masonry heater in a hands-on workshop, he already had drawings for a custom-made soapstone fireplace with an adjacent oven designed by Tulikivi in Finland. Working off these drawings and measures from Sampsa of available brick and firebrick near his home in New Zealand, I started to do scale drawings of a similar layout to the soapstone complex, ...

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