We Build the Masonry Heater and It Is Beautiful

The soapstone was quarried in Quebec, got cut and polished in Maine by the Maine Wood Heat Co, and then delivered along with fire brick. The trailer was left for a couple of days as each slab of stone and bundle of brick was hand carried and carefully stored inside the house.

Brock from Maine Wood Heat Co

Brock from Maine Wood Heat Co delivered the heater and stove material.

Shimming the Heater's footings

Shimming the Heater's footings

First course of inner core fire brick, with water jacket (to be developed later)

First course of inner core fire brick, with water jacket (to be developed later)

All the air flow apertures get cleaned of cement

All the air flow apertures get cleaned of cement

More cleaning. The work was impeccably done.

More cleaning. The work was impeccably done.

Forming the top of the fire box

Forming the top of the fire box

Earl Gray, tha supah, is supahvising

Earl Gray, tha supah, is supahvising

Building the floor of the oven

Building the floor of the oven

Setting the capstone for the oven

Setting the capstone for the oven

A couple of penultimate baffling layers with clean-out ports on the side

A couple of baffling layers with clean-out ports

Soapstone cladding going on

Soapstone cladding going on

Lifting rock slabs onto precisely set splines

Lifting rock slabs onto precisely set splines

Mechanical leverage for 200 lb slab of rock

Mechanical leverage for 200 lb slab of rock

Very tricky getting the top to seat on splines on all four sides

Very tricky getting the top to seat on splines on all four sides

Earl Gray, tha supah, continues to supahvise

Earl Gray, tha supah, continues to supahvise

Every join will be double sealed to be air tight

Every join will be double sealed to be air tight

Adam sets a spline in the back of the oven right on the edge of the opening to the hot air channel. Then he set the blocks of soapstone for the oven floor.
Setting a spline in the oven

Adam approves, as well as Earl Gray.

Adam approves, as well as Earl Gray.

Tha Supah is Awestruck

The guys took considerable time to make sure every join was perfect. This is a proud moment; they definitely created a magnificent heater. We can hardly imagine the storytelling, baking and eating, and just basking in the warmth that will be part of this creation. Good on ya, guys.

Adam Gauvin, honorary mason, and Jeremy Brown, lead mason

Adam Gauvin, honorary mason, and Jeremy Brown, lead mason

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