We spent an afternoon lunchtime a week or so ago with an old friend of ours ~~Stan! He and his wife and kiddos went to the same church with us years ago, and she happened to be our Sunday school teacher for a time. It was so nice to see him, AAAAAND! . . . . . .HE IS AN AMAZING mason! . . . well known in these here parts! 😉 AAAAAND! . . . he is agreeing to build our masonry heater! Viola! He has built a ton of fireplaces, but I showed him what we were looking for for our log home, and he had never seen it before. Okay, so it is really UNCOMMON in the states, and most rich people (my own assumption here) that he builds for aren’t getting a fireplace to heat their homes. It is mainly for looks and ambiance. Most people have normal furnaces to heat their homes with.
He was somewhat skeptical of how well it would heat our home, and spent a bit of time making jokes about it with my husband. There I was ~~trying to get all serious! All joking aside, he is willing to build it, and knows he can. So, here we were talking over what this ‘masonry heater’ is, and how it works. I showed him the pictures from the Living Homes book that explains it all.
But he wanted more information, and he wanted to see more of what they looked like once built, and he wanted me to send him some more information on them. So that was the first thing I did once I got home.
I am really trying to avoid the cost of the heat for the winters. The winters are not harsh around here, but they do happen, and I think this would be an awesome. . . beautiful. . . functional. . .practical. . . efficient way to heat!
On top of that, I have found someone that is selling firebricks for a really great price if you buy a LOT of them. And I would be buying a LOT of them! Over 700 to be sure! I think that is a LOT!
You may notice these are in a chimney of sorts. It is actually a kiln that is being dismantled. This is a cool story: The people that are selling the bricks told me that this kiln was the oldest wood burning kiln in the states. So yes, the bricks are old. The kiln was at an artisan school where they recently purchased the land, and the kiln was on their property. Hoping to go check the bricks out this week.
In the meantime, I called Stan to ask him if he had a chance to look over the information I had sent him, or if he wanted to look more at the Living Homes book. He asked me to bring the book to him, and funny thing, we hopped on our bikes, me with my guys, and we biked up to where he just so happened to be working. . .less than 1/2 mile from our house~~ Dropped the book off waited to hear from him!
The weekend passed, and my husband called him to touch base. He hadn’t had a chance to look it over, (he is big into dirt track racing, and now his sons are into it too, so their weekends are full with all of the racing events) HOWEVER, when we told him about the bricks we were planning on getting, he did warn us of getting old brick that might be falling apart. He told us that the bricks need to sound like iron clanging together if we bang them together. It is a test, you know, to check the life in them. And he also said to make sure they aren’t really chalky and chipped. That bit I kind of thought about already.
So thankful for the guidance. Don’t want to waste our money. It is not a good deal if we can’t use them, or they are cracking once we put them in the fireplace. So, we will go and check them out before we buy, right? Yes!
Just “Thank you LORD!”
Proverbs 11:14 (NKJV)
14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
Thankful for the counsel of a good mason! We’ll see what our little trip there brings forth~~