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Consulting & Design

Integrating a wood burning masonry heater into your building project or existing home can be an exciting and involved task. The plans and manuals offered by Maine Wood Heat are thorough and complete, but you may still wish to seek the expert opinion or advice of a master mason to help you select the right heater for your individual needs.

Albie Barden offers both on-site (for customers in New England) and remote wood burning heater consultation and design services. He can assist you with any stage of your project, from the smallest detail to complete project management from start to finish.

Heater Materials & Hardware

Maine Wood Heat’s patented partial masonry heater core system, the AlbieCore, was designed by Albie Barden and is fabricated by Albie at his location in Central Maine, USA. Albie based his core on the enduring Finnish Contraflow design, adapting it to American standards with serviceability in mind.

Available in standard and extended depth versions, the AlbieCore offers performance flexibility to fit a variety of installation and heating requirements.

We offer a full line of top quality Finnish cast iron hardware and other accessories to go along with your heater featured on our website.

Construction Services

A competent, passionate mason is the most important aspect of any masonry heater project. As a homegrown family business, Maine Wood Heat Co. strives to provide creative, informed construction options to help every client realize their wood heat dreams.

For assistance in planning your heater project, contact Albie Barden by phone at 207-696-5250 or via email at

What to Expect When Building a Masonry Heater with Us

  • A skilled two-person crew can expect to build a simple brick heater and the first eight feet of a single flue chimney in seven days. Additional features, foundation work, or additional chimney work will require additional time.
  • Custom made stone veneered heaters can take several weeks to construct and are considerably more expensive than brick heaters.
  • In order to create a workable schedule, and to allow us to order and hold materials for each client, advance notice of approximately three months and payment in full for all materials is required for all heater projects.
  • Maine Wood Heat Co., Inc. will prepare a materials and labor estimate detailing the various aspects of the job (foundation, heater, inside chimney, above the roof chimney, benches (optional), cleanup, etc.)
  • By signing the proposal the client commits to the project and the purchase of materials. Our estimate is not a contractual bid with a profit margin figured in.
  • Labor is paid on a weekly basis.