The Reynolds & Burns Heater
This house design started out with partition walls and a conventional fireplace separating the two spaces now defined by the masonry heater. After visiting the Coffin heater and seeing other photos or videos of our work, Patti Burns and Mark Reynolds accepted Albie’s design for a see-through Finnish Fireplace with an upper chamber bake oven on one face and wraparound heated benches on three sides.
They chose a gorgeous quarried granite a nominal four inches thick called “Corinthian”, which is available in many New England stone yards.
The predominantly gray-black granite has highlights of pink, green and blue in it that make it stunning. Over the doors we used recycled black granite for lintels and for the bench and heater capping slabs we used some black serpentine stock that Albie had brought from Virginia.
Notice that the doors, backed with a 1/8″ black steel frame mounting, are all set on the inner walls, which is our standard practice with stone, and the stone opening framing the doors is angled like a traditional Rumford Fireplace coving wall giving an outer face opening to the fireplace of about 30″ in width.
It is always fun to visit homes that have heaters with warm benches because children and adults and pets are always pulled magnetically towards the benches and love to lounge there.
The total square footage of the Reynolds-Burns home is 3300+ sq ft. so the heater is a primary heat source for the main living area of the home, but not the remote areas. Backup heat in the house is provided by oil fired central heating.