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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Designer's Scale Model

To give everyone a better sense of scale, we have a side by side rough comparison of our current Fireview stove and the Designer's Stove Model of the New Stove (both front and side view).

This is not a perfect comparison. As you may notice, the body of the new stove is currently resting on the base of a Keystone/Palladian stove to give it the correct approximate height. The stone effect is simply drawn in with the green/blue colorations and the real legs of the stove will be more substantial than what's shown.

Thanks to feedback on our first few posts, we have incorporated an arched viewing window (see below).

While we will not be using the figure head as an emblem on the stove, this will give you some idea of what we can do with new carving software (and it can be cast!).

For more information about our Progress Hybrid Wood Stove, click here.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Masonry Heater

So, we got a little carried away and ended up with a stove ten times bigger than we planned. Just kidding... but this slide show is the first glimpse of our new stealth project, a soapstone masonry heater, which we just built in concert with our soapstone supplier.

We're working on re-designing the doors (loading door, bake-oven door, and ash door), to make them a little more contemporary. (Excuse the doors in the photos!)

Masonry heaters work on the same principle as our other stoves, which use the thermal mass of the stone to absorb and radiate heat slowly. A masonry heater has serpentine flame and exhaust paths throughout the large stove body, so eventually the whole stone structure is warmed. A morning and evening fire can heat an entire home.

We built our masonry heater on a welded steel pallet so we have the ability to move it in and out of our test booth, and we can't wait to get this monster going. We expect to start selling and installing masonry heaters this spring along with the other new stove we've been promising, which is also coming along quite nicely!