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Masonry Stoves

Brief History of Masonry Stoves

Masonry stoves originated in Sweden around the 17th and 18th Centuries, having been developed to improve efficiency and heat storage of traditional open fire places. At that time, Sweden and Scandinavia were eating through there pristine woodlands and decided that to keep as much of their forests as possible, fireplaces would have to become more efficient. Hence the Masonry stove was born.

Masonry Stove Heaters in Edinburgh

How do Masonry Stoves differ from a Fire Place?

They differ in 2 main ways

  1. They use doors more like a steel or cast iron wood burning stove to control the burning process.
  2. They use the heat from the fire and the gases produced to heat up a large thermal mass of masonry. Masonry stoves use flue passages, the flue gases are moved through the flue passages from left to right up and down to heat up a large mass. The benefit is the heat is stored for up to 20 hours within the masonry, creating a heater that gives of heat long after the fire has gone out.
Ecco Stoves

Are Masonry Stoves better than Steel or Cast Iron Wood Burning Stoves?

That depends on what you want your wood burner for. If you just want something nice to look at, steel and cast iron stoves come in traditional and modern styling and will fit easily into most homes.

If you want a super-efficient stove that gives off heat for up to 20 hours after burning, a masonry stove is definitely worth considering. Another factor when considering masonry versus steel is weight, as most of our masonry heaters weigh in excess of 700kg, whereas most steel or cast iron stoves are around 100kg. Therefore, a masonry heater is going to require a good base to sit on, where as a steel/cast iron stove will fit neatly with no structural floor needed.

It is also worth mentioning size. Most masonry stoves we build are around a 1m x 1m, although they can be much larger depending on design. Heated seats, benches and pet snugs can be incorporated too.

Masonery stoves

Efficiency, Location and Sizing of a Masonry Stove Heater

Masonry stoves are normally located on the ground floor and ideally centrally located to allow heat to permeate throughout the ground floor before escaping to the next level.

British made silicone carbide wood fuelled stove

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Tigchelaar Dutch Tile Stoves & Masonry Heaters

I have had a love affair with Tigchelaar tile stoves ever since a spell living and working in southern Holland. Our home had a pink Tigchelaar tile stove and she was a cracker. She heated the whole property with only 2 burns per day.