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Book of Masonry Stoves: Rediscovering an Old Way of Warming Paperback – 18 Jun 2013


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co (18 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890132098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890132095
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 948,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Lyle, one of the best-informed people in the U.S. in the wood heat field, has tested a great variety of stoves during the past 30 years. For several years, he was the national distributor of Lange stoves in the U.S. In addition to his professional work with wood-burning stoves, Mr. Lyle has heated his own home with wood for several decades. Readers may recognize David Lyle as a former writer for the New York Herald Tribune, and the Associated Press. His articles have also appeared in Esquire, Fine Homebuilding, and other magazines. He lives in Acworth, New Hampshire, where he credits his special knowledge of chimney fires to his experience with the Acworth Volunteer Fire Company.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By alburdon@hotmail.com on 22 May 2000
Format: Paperback
With the construction of a future home in mind and all sorts of ideas about 'thermal mass' at its core I had greater hopes from this book than were realised. It is a fascinating read from a historical perspective. The development of masonry stoves in various parts of the world is well covered. It is in the technical aspects of construction that I felt it was lacking. This was partly due to the confused organisation of content. Even the section entitled Technical Details:Masonry Stoves Design and Construction deviated into historical issues that should have been dealt with in other chapters. A section on modern materials was just three paragraphs and three book references long. Perhaps I was looking for more than the book was designed to convey. David Lyle does make the point in his introduction that after reading the book no one will be in a position to design and build a stove. Sadly, as I do not live in North America with its workshops and seminars on the subject, and will be building in a part of the world with no tradition in this technology, that is just what I need. In presentation the book is also a disappointment. The beautiful stove depicted on the cover receives no mention anywhere and is the only colour photograph in the book. There are a plethora of line drawings for visual information but these are scattered about without any sense of order or development. The tables of data are very limited, giving unqualified and unspecific information. The major lack in the book for the prospective constructor is detailed references to modern examples of masonry stoves and how well they perform. Altogether an enjoyable read, but for anyone who wants to learn how to design a masonry stove, very little help.
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By MH on 13 Feb 2014
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This is really a history book, the history of stoves and heating. Very interesting, one of the best books that I have.
I would give 5 stars if the book format would be something more normal, shape of the book is bit hard to use. Normally this format is for picture books, but in this book the pictures are not full page size. There are lot of pictures, but they are small.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar 1999
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The author has a good many illustrations and history of masonry heating systems. I was slightly disappointed with the cover being the only color picture. The number of words, the history, and the well written form - make this book worth reading. I am sure it will give you new ideas about masonry heating.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
could have been better..... 10 Mar 2006
By J. Roy - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading through this book I was left somewhat disapointed. What is covered in the book is well written, but the publication date was nearly 20 yrs ago, and the book needs updating. More actual pictures of masonry heaters and less old pictures would be helpful. One is better off visiting the masonry heater association

[...] to look at their collection of titles.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Very good - could be better 13 Jan 2006
By Hannah H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent book from the historical point of view. The book is full of excellent illustrations as well as B&W photogaphs. I do wish their had been better photos as well as some color photos as well. This is a great book and really teaches you the details of the functionality of Masonry Stoves.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Lacking current examples and photos 8 July 2005
By J. Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has a very deep history of heating with wood and even delves into the history of fire. I too was very disappointed to realize that there were very few photographs. And, equally disappointing was a lack of discussion of modern day masonry stoves. There wasn't even any description or anything about the big beautiful masonry stove that is pictured on the cover.

Its been helpful and informative in that I have now learned just how these stoves work and a bit of how they do not work.
26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
great book on masonry stoves and systems, lots of history 28 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The author has a good many illustrations and history of masonry heating systems. I was slightly disappointed with the cover being the only color picture. The number of words, the history, and the well written form - make this book worth reading. I am sure it will give you new ideas about masonry heating.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Intriguing historical look 3 July 2006
By EugeSchu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As mentioned, the book is not a modern day catalog, but a historical look at masonry stoves dating back to the first harvesting of fire by humans. Fascinating look at the historical developments, especially around the middle ages

to the nineteenth centtury. Also includes many examples from non-western cultures. Many informative diagrams and photos portraying the myriad styles. Appropriate for the uninitiated.

Not an overly technical review.
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