A masonry stove is used to warm interior spaces by burning wood and radiating the stored heat gradually over a long period. Unlike traditional fireplaces or metal wood stoves, the heat captured through the mass of the masonry heater warms the room long after the fire is extinguished. Wood Heat Fire Stone explains how it works in detail.
How Does a Masonry Stove Work?
The masonry stove burns wood at a high temperature for a few hours, which ensures that it burns cleanly and efficiently without smoldering. The resulting heat energy is safely absorbed by the thermal mass of the masonry heater, instead of being lost up the chimney. The warmth of the masonry heater will gradually radiate throughout the room, keeping it warm for many hours.
A masonry stove uses the thermal mass of the stone or brick to retain and radiate the heat. The greater the thermal mass of the heater, the larger the area that it will heat. Soapstone masonry heaters utilize this same concept, but they perform approximately 10x more efficiently than their brick counterparts because of the higher density and magnesite mineral content of the soapstone.
What Are the Advantages of Masonry Heaters?
Thanks to the thermal mass, a masonry stove can keep your house warm for 24 hours after the single daily fire has burnt out. This makes it an energy-efficient solution to your heating needs. Since the wood is burned rapidly, there is almost no air pollution produced, unlike with conventional fireplaces or metal wood stoves. You can even lower the heat output by burning a smaller amount of wood, which makes it comfortable throughout the year.
If you’re interested in learning more about how soapstone masonry stoves work, talk with the experts at Wood Heat Fire Stone. Based out of Soldotna, AK, they are the Kenai Peninsula’s licensed installing dealers for TULIKIVI® soapstone masonry heaters from Finland. They would be happy to provide you with a renewable clean energy solution to keep your home warm with one of their TULIKIVI® soapstone masonry heaters or bake oven models. Save on energy bills and proudly reduce your carbon footprint while keeping your home comfortably warm year round! Call (907) 262-3106 to discuss touring their showroom or visit their website for more information.