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5.0 out of 5 stars stone suns
i've had an interest in masonry heaters for years and am thinking of adding a range to my wood-fired oven business so after browsing all the books on Amazon and reading other reviews I settled on Ken Matesz's book entitled simply Masonry Heaters- Designing, Building and Living with a piece of the Sun. I was not disappointed. The book is a thorough round up of current...
Published on 2 Nov 2011 by Mr. A. K. Row

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not much about building one
I thought this book would be about the building of the stove, but it seems to be more about the designs. It's a shame there are not any plans etc in this book to build your own without paying thousands to have it built for you.
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by Mr. Jeffrey Windsor


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5.0 out of 5 stars stone suns, 2 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Masonry Heaters: Designing, Building and Living with a Piece of the Sun (Paperback)
i've had an interest in masonry heaters for years and am thinking of adding a range to my wood-fired oven business so after browsing all the books on Amazon and reading other reviews I settled on Ken Matesz's book entitled simply Masonry Heaters- Designing, Building and Living with a piece of the Sun. I was not disappointed. The book is a thorough round up of current practice and a good section devoted to the historical development of European heaters. Although written from a US perspective, with suppliers etc in the appendix being US or canadian, it still is totally applicable to European building methods and the diagrams give one an insight into the real workings of the heaters. The US examples are actually more radical from a design standpoint as most are design and builds whereas the European installations tend to be more traditional soapstone or ceramic heaters.
If you want a thorough book based on personal experience, I can't rate this book highly enough. I'm now looking at my old fireplace and thinking its gonna have to go and there's only one replacement-a masonry heater.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not much about building one, 5 Jan 2012
This review is from: Masonry Heaters: Designing, Building and Living with a Piece of the Sun (Paperback)
I thought this book would be about the building of the stove, but it seems to be more about the designs. It's a shame there are not any plans etc in this book to build your own without paying thousands to have it built for you.
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