As the economy slowly claws its way back to something resembling its former self, interested masonry heater clients are beginning to redefine themselves. We’re fielding less questions about house plans and more questions like: How can I convert my existing fireplace into something more efficient? How can I do more with less?
More and more, we’re hearing from folks who want to upgrade what they have and not have to secure a second mortgage to do it. Cottage heaters, whether intended to be primary heat for a small home or a space heater in an existing larger home, are great, cost effective alternatives to their larger, hulkier brethren.
The beauty of a cottage heater is not only its elegant and simple appearance, and not just its even radiant heat, it’s also the simplicity of its incorporation into one’s life. For 2 days we gently take over your space and then voila, we’re gone.
So simple, so clean.
With up to 1000 ft2 of heating capability, cottage heater designs can offer an auxiliary heat source, that in many cases, can carry more than 50% of a home’s heating load, and at the same time offer a heat so unique, you’ll swear off conventional wood stoves forever. With a firing cycle every 12 hours, a typical cottage heater requires less than 40 lbs of wood per burn and radiates a steady surface temperature for 6-12 hours, varying by only 40 degrees between burns. No more dips, no more highs. No more sweating and no more freezing.
Sit back and enjoy the best little alternative to the best big alternative:) Push the flat screen aside and make room for a different viewing experience!
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Could you please let me know how much this heater weighs and costs?
My number 862-250-0142.
Good Morning Natalie; Thanks very much for your inquiry. The Cottage Heater weighs in at about 3,600 lb. and the materials cost is about $10,000.00 when it includes a white oven. It can be had for less without the oven (the heater would be shorter this way.) You can read about the pricing and the basic options at the following page. Our last installed heater cost about $15,000.00 in Quebec including labor, travel costs and materials. We’ll be in touch by phone soon.
Can Bio Bricks be used in place of wood?
Hello Kathy and Thanks for your question. Biobricks are wood that likely have a higher energy content than the same volume of cordwood. We believe you can burn them without trouble in a masonry heater. They will likely burn a bit differently, maybe hotter and quicker but we’re not too sure you’ll be able to tell the difference just by watching a fire. We suggest you consider the amount of BTU’s in the fuel and try to add a similar amount of fuel as you’re used to burning in cordwood form to start, if you have a heater that is. We recommend a top down burn, stacking your fuel crib style to allow plenty of air to mix with fuel. I’d think you’d want to use biobricks or that type of compressed wood fuel in a similar fashion. Happy Heating!
Such interesting looking heaters! I understand that the bottom opening is where the wood is placed and burned, but I’m not quite sure what the middle opening is for?
It’s an oven, a white one (the smoke does not pass through it like it does in our large Albiecore based heaters). Cooks your food while using no fuel in addition to what you burn for heating your space. It does so quickly as well. Thanks for your question.