Masonry Heater Testimonials

A few words from our clients...

“I wanted to share a couple of things regarding my heater, specifically the grate and firebox floor.  I have discovered lots of things but this seems obvious to me. When I am raking the ash from the grate, I take care not to also rake the edges of the core floor surrounding the grate. If one is too aggressive about doing this, I can see wear happening very quickly and easily because of the fragile state the castable is in after a hot fire. So all I do is rake the ash off the grate and leave the ash on the sides because there aren’t that many anyways. This does two things, keeps the repeated scraping over and over from happening and it also leaves a bit of protection to the floor with the ashes. My heater works wonderful and I have fine tuned the firing process to get the maximum heat output in the shortest time leaving the heater with surface temperatures around 140 – 180 keeping the house at 72 with basically only adjusting the draft slides and dampers three times. I will share this technique in another email. I really love this heater. One last comment, the spark screens. I always grab them from the bottom lifting them up and out. If one tries to open them by grabbing them in the middle this will cause stress and even crack them because they too are more fragile when hot.  If the heater is loaded with a full charge of wood, there is no need to open these doors during any of the firing process.

I love having the experience with the heater to be able to speak some confidence now about how to do it.”

- Cheryl Barden


“Thank you for your generosity in sharing your knowledge with excellent drawings.”

- Dennis Loeffler


“I finished up a couple of weeks ago and all went well considering it was only my second masonry experience ever, the first being the time I built my own Russian fireplace from scratch.

Using the AlbieCore was definitely more satisfying a structure to assemble. I would like to replace my stove with an AlbieCore someday when my wife forgets what a mess I made of the house the first go round…

Thanks again.”

- Parnell Klug

“I love this stove! I couldn’t wait for it to get cold enough to start a fire. Nothing like leaning up against it and sucking up some warmth. It is now the heart of our home.”

- Jeff Clapp


“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 offers these advantages:

*  Less pollution. The top-down burn is hot and lasts about 2.5 hours producing minimal smoke and unburned pollutants. At no time does the fire smolder.

*  Efficiency. Using about 40 pounds of dry wood produces heat for 10-12 hours. We purchased a moisture meter to monitor the dryness and found a moisture content under 16 to be optimal. Average external temperature is about 120 degrees during that time. It takes about 15 minutes to build, start and monitor the fire and then you are done…

*  Safety. This may be subjective but I feel the masonry heater is safer. Live fire is present only 2.5 out of 12 hours. Also, the baffles present a long path before flames and combustion gas enter the chimney proper. The cook stove firebox is small so wood is added frequently. The cook top gets hot quickly and also cools down quickly when the fire goes out. We use it to get an instantaneous source of heat to take away the chill or to cook on the stovetop.

…We look forward to continued experimentation finding new uses for the oven in the years to come.”

- Tom & Pam Mauzaka


“As we head into our 6th winter here on the pond, it occurred to us that we never gave you any feedback on the heater you installed in 2007. We have learned how to adjust the size and timing of the fires and couldn’t be happier with our heating system. The wood heater is our primary source of heat for the whole house. Our backup is propane radiant heat. We used 3 cords of wood and 260 gallons of propane last year (this has been about the same every year). Propane is delivered once a year and supplies hot water, backup heat and generator. I clean ashes out of the basement once a year and have had no problems with the heater. We’ve had many comments on our heater – and many wonderful wood-fired pizza parties that are the talk of the pond. Thanks, Albie!”

- Craig & Donna Dickstein