The Most Comprehensive Book About Masonry Heaters Available Today.
Masonry Heaters is a lively and informative guide to designing and living with one of the oldest, and yet, one of the newest heating devices. Author Ken Matesz brings the subject to life. The book shows that masonry heaters offer more than just another way to heat living space. A masonry heater’s design, placement in the home, and luxurious radiant heat redefines the hearth for the modern era, turning it into a piece of the sun right inside the home. Like the feeling one gets from the sun on a spring day, the environment around a masonry heater feels fresh. It feels better on the skin. It truly warms the home both gently and efficiently.
The value of a masonry heater lies in its durability, quality, serviceability, dependability and health-supporting features. Masonry heaters are an investment in self sufficiency and freedom from fossil fuels. In addition they’re an elegant and intelligent solution to home heating that can redefine the very fabric of the home itself, and the quality of life of its inhabitants.
The book discusses the pros and cons of many different masonry heater designs, outlines variations extant in Europe, and explains the growth of their popularity in the United States beginning in the late 1970s. For the reader who may only be familiar with open fireplaces and metal woodstoves, Masonry Heaters will bring them to a new understanding and appreciation of massive heat storage and gentle-but-persistent radiant heat. Masonry heaters offer a unique comfort that is superior to that of convection heat from forced air systems, and more personal than that offered by “radiant” floors. As Matesz proves, the heat from the sun or from a masonry heater is genuine heat instead of just insulation against the loss of 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 modern photos and illustrations. While this is not a do-it-yourself guide for building a masonry heater, it provides facts every heater builder should know. 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.
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