The masonry heater (or stove) has been used for hundreds of years all around the northern hemisphere. It goes by many names and has many forms;
- Finnish Stove;
- Russian Stove;
- Swedish Stove;
- Tyrolean Stove;
It is sometimes known as a Thermal Mass Heater or a Contra-flow Heater, which describes the way it works.
See the history sheet on our information page.
Masonry heaters have been shown to have many advantages over other heaters. These include:
- better efficiency and safety than metal wood-burning heaters;
- reduced environmental impact;
- ease of use (you only burn them once or twice a day);
- improved indoor air quality and
- high levels of design flexibility so that they can suit your home.
Masonry heaters have been traditionally custom-designed and built by specialists, making them very expensive and difficult to source away from their usual areas of use. As a result, they haven’t been available in Australia.
Heavenly Heat imports the Tempcast masonry stove from Canada. This comes as a self-assembly core around which you build your own choice of facing. We can also import a soapstone facing if you would like. See the core construction here.
The facing can be brick, stone, concrete or any other masonry material with or without a rendered finish. In Europe decorative glazed tiles are used to face the stoves turning some of them into real works of art. For examples see:
Various configurations are possible;
- standard for a single room;
- see through for two rooms or as a room divider; or
- a corner configuration.
In addition a bake-oven can be fitted above the main firebox, great for cooking a pizza on a cold evening.
See our information sheets for more details.