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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by argus66, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. qwee

    qwee New Member

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    The Masonry Heater Association will be building a masonry heater in a couple of weeks at the World of Concrete Convention on Feb. 5, 2013, in Las Vegas. I signed up by contacting Dick Smith at the Masonry Heater Association (MHA). They have a website. I think it is a week long type of convention having to do with concrete and masonry.You don't have to sign up for the whole convention.

    Las Vegas is about 9 hours away from me. You might be a little closer. I don't know if they really construct it or pretend construct it since it has to be torn down anyway. How convenient is that - they are building the exact heater I want to build - and it isn't that far away. It even corresponds to my day's off. I'll be there ready to learn!

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  2. Eaglecraft

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    Qwee:

    I'll have to think about attending the convention this year. Funny thing is, I have been meaning to attend the World of Concrete for years - just that other things got in the way. We have had at least one concrete project going on out at our place for the last several years. Last year it was pouring a reinforced slab foundation for a green house I installed. I did the base work and leveling, set the forms, cut, bent, set and tied the steel, mixed the concrete with a rented mixer, and placed the concrete with the help of three laborers. Two years before that it was excavating and pouring a monolithic slab on grade for our 30 by 20 out-building. The year before that it was replacing our 40 year-old concrete driveway, walkways, and aprons. Seems like there is always some concrete work to do.

    I'll have to sign up and hopefully the wife and I can attend this year. I want to expand our other shop constructed of standard masonry units. I want to learn how to tie the new with the old and how to insulate this building.

    Thanks for the info...Maybe I'll see you at Concrete World.
  3. argus66

    argus66 Feeling the Heat

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  4. ketoret

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    qwee - i recently went through my receipts and I brought my heater in for under $5000 - and since i scrounge and cut my own wood, i figure it's already paid for itself. materials here are probably more expensive here - fire bricks were $2.50 each. I built the small contra-flow, ordered my hardware from Sweden, and integrated local stone from all over the country into the facing brick. if you do what you plan on, you maybe could keep to your budget - but I also had to buy tools that I didn't have (also more expensive here). the bench was really simple to build - again - there are materials there you can use that were not available to me - like flue liner. i constructed mine out of 2" concrete block, did a thin pour on top with thin steel reinforcement to make sure it would withstand the many hours of fanny-warming, faced the top with fairly thin slate (transfers heat better and much smoother and more comfortable than brick), and faced the sides with brick.
  5. qwee

    qwee New Member

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    ketoret,

    I have been studying the MHA plan book which contains their 7 masonry heater designs. Did you build the small room contraflow (first one, 24" x 36") or the large contraflow (2nd one, 34" x 52" x 22")? I have been trying to see what the small one looks like.

    I am guessing you built the second one without the oven? Could you show a picture of your bench and your flue exit metal pipe or masonry flue?

    The small room design contraflow heater uses about 25% the amount of firebricks as the large contraflow heater. It must be a lot smaller. And the plans for the small one are lacking compared to the large contraflow.Thanks, qwee

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