Ever Dream of Building a Masonry Heater or Wood Fired Oven?
Maine Wood Heat Co. teaches week-long, hands-on construction workshops several times a year in Maine and in other parts of the U.S. and Canada. In each workshop, 5-12 masons, builders or owner-builders construct a masonry heater, Le Panyol wood fired oven, cookstove, or some combination of the three. Foundation work and chimney work above the unit is carried out by local masons.
Workshops afford the interested professional mason highly informative, thorough introduction to the subject of heater construction on a first-heater job. For the owner-builder, the workshop offers a focused exposure to heater and wood fired oven design and construction as well as exposure to basic masonry techniques.
Current cost for a workshop is $500.00 per person, paid in advance. Room and board are not included in this cost. Most workshop sites and dates, however, are chosen with an available low-cost camping option for participants.
Customers or organizations wishing to sponsor or host a workshop are benefited directly in three ways:
- A qualified instructor with extensive heater experience supervises all phases of the project.
- The project is completed on an efficient one-week time schedule.
- Labor costs for the sponsor are limited to the instructor alone rather than to a full masonry crew (three persons).
Should the sponsoring individual or group choose to organize the workshop, tuition fees are paid directly to the sponsor to offset construction costs (our instructor is paid current Maine Wood Heat Company hourly rates plus all expenses). When the Maine Wood Heat Co. organizes a workshop, instructor is paid our current hourly rate in addition to the tuition fees. (Higher instructor fees are charged for dual unit workshops. Dual unit workshops usually take approximately 10 days and will have higher labor and tuition fees.)
If you wish to participate in a workshop, please email your name, phone number and mailing address to email@example.com. Interested workshop hosts, please contact us at least three months in advance.
Upcoming workshops will be posted on the Maine Wood Heat Blog Events section.