Masonry Heater Publications

Maine Wood Heat Publications

The Maine Wood Heat Co. offers the following publications for sale (click to order):

1. The Finnish Fireplace Construction Manual, ©1984, with a 2006 Update. Finnish Fireplace Construction Manual was written in 1984 and updated in 1988. This is the only complete English language primer on hand-made masonry heater construction. The text covers from footing to chimney top and everything in between. It is complemented by step-by-step photos, course-by-course drawings, section drawings and elevations.

$40.00 plus postage and handling.

2. The AlbieCore™ Construction Manual, © 1995. This manual is fully illustrated with scale drawings and step-by-step color photos of five different heaters using the AlbieCore™ kit. The heaters include three brick heaters in rectangular, five-sided, and six-sided formats, as well as a cut granite cobblestone heater and a hand-made soapstone heater, the last two each having heated benches. This manual is highly recommended for anyone wishing to build with a core kit system.

$30.00 plus postage and handling.

3. Russian Fireplace Plan, © 1981, updated in 1992. Utilizes horizontal baffles, including two-story and bake-oven options.

$30.00 plus postage and handling.

4. Finnish Masonry Cookstove Plans, © 1983, updated in 1992, 1995.
Includes new instructions and drawings for cookstoves using the new larger cooktop and modular loading and oven doors. Recent additions include new step-by-step, highly annotated photos of the cookstove construction process. The tradition is back! We build more and more cookstoves in combination with heaters every year.

$30.00 plus postage and handling.

5. Finnish Fireplace Top Exit Construction Manual, ©2006. The Top Exit Construction Manual offers step-by-step instruction with color photos for the construction of a Finnish Fireplace with a flue exit located on the top of the heater.

$30.00 plus shipping and handling.

6. Supplemental Construction Manuals. For years we have documented most of our projects with a step-by-step color photo series for file reference. Recently we have selected a few of these file series and added captions for several unique heaters. We can now offer color photocopy reprints of these series for:

A. Five-Sided Brick Heater $30.00 (16pp)
B. Six-Sided Brick Heater $30.00 (16pp)
C. Granite Paving Stone Heater with heated benches $55.00

7. Masonry Heater “Top Down Burn” Instructions. Free download here.

8. AlbieCore™ Heater Owners Manual, ©2006.
Free download here.

*These plans and specifications are for use by professionals in construction and installation of masonry heating units. Maine Wood Heat Co., Inc. is not liable or responsible for the construction or installation of masonry heating units that are not constructed or installed by Maine Wood Heat Co, Inc. or in circumstances where the plans and specifications are not properly followed. These plans and specifications are not prepared for use by non-professional consumers or by those without experience in construction or installation of masonry heating units. Maine Wood Heat Co, Inc, in selling these plans to professionals, does not vouch for the reliability or competence of those professionals in following the plans or in installing masonry heating units.

Masonry Heaters by Ken Matesz9. Masonry Heaters: Designing, Building, and Living with a Piece of the Sun by Ken Matesz© 2010.
“In Masonry Heaters, a rich and wonderful book, Ken Matesz sweeps away the ashes of our ignorance about the right relationship to fire. He argues — with quiet and crystal-clear clarity — that masonry heaters are the most intelligent, gentle, efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable, beautiful, and healthy form of heating humans have ever known. There is more knowledge and truth about masonry heaters between these two covers than has ever before been published in English.” ~ ALBIE BARDEN, Maine Wood Heat Company

Masonry Heaters is a complete guide to designing and living with one of the oldest, and yet one of the newest, heating devices. The book discusses different masonry heater designs and explains the growth of their popularity in the United States beginning in the late 1970s. For the reader who may be familiar only with open fireplaces and metal woodstoves, Masonry Heaters will bring a new understanding and appreciation of massive heat storage and gentle-but-persistent radiant heat. Those who are looking to build, add onto, or remodel a house will find comprehensive and practical advice for designing and installing a masonry heater, including detailed discussion of materials, code considerations, and many photos and illustrations. Professional contractors will find this a useful tool to consult, and homeowners considering a new method of home heating will find all they need to know about masonry heaters within these pages. – Masonry Heater Store, LLC

$45.00 plus postage and handling.

To order any of these publications, please fill out our contact form, or call us here at the office (207) 474-7465. We accept both MasterCard and Visa, personal checks, and payments online.