Masonry stoves offer good solutions to many of the problems associated with wood burning. They provide clean combustion at a high temperature, good efficiency, a high degree of safety, and little or no pollution. Masonry stoves were designed to burn much hotter than a standard wood stove. Moreover, they are able to retain that heat much longer than the traditional fireplaces that preceded them.
Masonry stoves can sharply reduce wood-burning safety problems. An iron stove, when lit, is frequently so hot it will burn anyone who touches it. In contrast, builders of masonry stoves sometimes incorporate seats into the stove because the external surfaces of a properly used heater are very safe to touch. You can browse sebrickandblock.com.au to get info about bricklaying & masonry.
Here's how they work: Outside combustion air enters at a lower level through the foundation. The intake air passes through the air damper and then into the firebox. Rapid combustion of the fuel charge results in long flames, which are directed around the bake oven and then burn out in the secondary combustion chamber. (Secondary combustion occurs when the gases emitted from the burning wood are also combusted. This accounts for high fuel efficiency with minimal harmful emissions). The hot gases are then cooled in two downdraft heat exchange channels and enter a connecting plenum under the firebox.
From there the cooled exhaust gases enter the chimney at floor level. The design of the connecting plenum allows the chimney to be connected anywhere at the back or side of the heater without unbalancing the downdraft channels.
Masonry stoves are very well adapted to new homes where floor plans allow for the required extra space. They can be adapted to many existing homes by locating the unit in an insulated basement or in the living room supported by reinforced masonry piers.
Masonry stoves, also known as Russian, Siberian, or Finnish fireplaces, are some of the most efficient heating systems you can have in your home. The heater core of a masonry stove burns at maximum efficiency resulting in particulate emissions that fall well within EPA guidelines … Read the rest