ISBN: 9781603582131 Year Added to Catalog: 2010 Book Format: Paperback Dimensions: 8 x 10 Number of Pages: 352 Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Release Date: September 7, 2010 Web Product ID: 856
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"Masonry Heaters is informational across the board, and shares common, advantageous characteristics to passive solar design. Both methods of heating rely on heat transfer by radiation rather than convection, which gives a more natural feeling while reducing drafts and noise; both utilize thermal mass, which gives greater thermal stability; and both can allow independence from energy shocks and price fluctuations. I highly recommend this book for people—in any field—who are interested in learning about the design, construction, and use of this superior system of heating."
—Ken Haggard, Author of Passive Solar Architecture
"When I travel in the Northern states of the U.S.—particularly New England, where most people depend on heating with oil—I fear for these millions of folks for whom depleting, climate-changing fossil fuels are all that stand between winter comfort on one hand, and death by freezing on the other. Masonry Heaters explores one of the most promising alternatives, and its message needs to get out far and wide, and fast."
—Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute and Author of The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies
"This book is a joy! Ken Matesz guides us on a clear path through the woods to getting an heirloom masonry heater, and offers invaluable information on why we should want to traverse it. Readers will learn about many more things than just masonry heaters along the journey, however, including how their house works (or should work), and how to have their own radiating energy source at its center—including exactly what it takes to get their masonry heater designed, built, and burning. Not to mention some wonderful stories of the people who have made masonry heaters a part of their lives! May the sun shine on this book."
—Timothy Seaton, President, The Alliance of Masonry Heater and Oven Professionals
"This book should be on the required reading list for anyone wanting to become a heater mason, or for those who are planning to install and heat with a masonry heater. Matesz has captured the true beauty and user-friendliness of these exquisite heaters, and, with ease, helps guide readers through the process of designing a beautiful, and functional 'bit of sun' for their homes. I highly recommend the book, as well as masonry heaters."
—Tom Stroud, Founding Member and Former President of The Masonry Heater Association
"A wonderful book! Well thought out, well grounded in nature, and delightful to read. When I visited a house built around a masonry heater, it was a "just right" experience, and one I have never forgotten. This book is a great introduction from a man who obviously knows and loves the subject."
—Debra Lynn Dadd, Author of Home Safe Home
"In Masonry Heaters, a rich and wonderful book, Ken Matesz sweeps away the ashes of our ignorance about the right relationship to fire. He argues—with quiet and crystal-clear clarity—that masonry heaters are the most intelligent, gentle, efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable, beautiful, and healthy form of heating humans have ever known. There is more knowledge and truth about masonry heaters between these two covers than has ever been published before in English."
—Albie Barden, Maine Wood Heat Company
"Masonry heaters provide a quiet comfort that must be experienced to be believed. In this book, Ken Matesz shares his love of masonry heaters and artfully explains how they work, how to use them to provide efficient and comfortable heat throughout the day, and what it takes to install one in your home. This is a truly delightful book."
—David Bainbridge, Author of The Straw Bale House, and Passive Solar Architecture