I am looking at better ways to heat our house. I have some initial ideas of building a large chimney that will have a fireplace and a flue for the coal stove. The coal stove will be in the basement and the fireplace will be in the living room. Bonnie brought me some excellent information on designing and building a chimnney and fireplace from the architect library where she works. So far that information is great.

Unlike many contemporaries, we will be putting the chimney structure inside the heated space of the home. Although you lose usable square footage, you gain a great deal of thermal mass. That means the house will be secondarily heated by the heat slowly given off from the masonry after the fire cools in the early morning hours.

A lot of chimney and fireplace design information is reverse-engineered information. Successful fireplace systems are measured and then those dimensions are recommended. I am looking forward to this project. I like masonry and building with stone so this looks like a lot of fun.

I am trying to figure out how I can incorpoarte the brick oven and the incinerator into the same project. It probably won't happen though. I am planning on building a combination incinerator and brickoven. The brickoven will be based on the designs offered by ovencrafters. The incinerator will be around the back of the oven with a separate flue. All masonry construction will be used or course.


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