Masonry heaters were once known in Eastern Europe as “peasant stoves” because they were built from locally available clays and stones, and were therefore much cheaper than the imported cast iron stoves.  Good combustion and heat-storage were also a functional necessity in poor rural areas where, due to heavy deforestation, fuel wood may have been scarce.  
In North America, the masonry heater encountered large homes, strict codes, and recently, abundant credit. Stove masons were few and far between. All of these factors have made the masonry heater the most expensive wood-burning system available. Let’s work to make the installation process as efficient as the technology itself.  Let’s make this safe, clean, wonderful heating system an option for all of us who would benefit.

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