Increase wood stove efficiency with a Heater Hat: Free plans!

E&EFree plans to increase wood stove efficiency

Lovely friend Erica Wisner (she’s the cute one on the right w/out the fuzz) put the heater hat details down on paper and gave them to us to share — and I’ve finally figured out how to post them as a new “product” in the bookstore — available as a free download, here. If you wonder what the heck I’m talking about, a masonry heater hat is a smallish amount of masonry (300 lbs or so) that you can add to a conventional metal box stove to improve performance, reduce wood consumption, and increase your comfort. Downloaders beware: this is an experimental design for an appliance that requires fire and high temperatures in order to work. Normal fire and construction precautions apply; use the plans at your own risk (i.e, this is not a UL stamped or “code approved” appliance — it’s an experiment in taking responsibility for your own needs and comforts). Let us know how you apply/improve the design!

About Kiko Denzer

I live in western Oregon with my family and run Hand Print Press with help from friends Max and Eva. We are interested in restoring the arts of living to their rightful, traditional, public role, as cultural medium – and think the web is a poor substitute, but until we can fashion something better, we try to make the most of it.

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