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Read any good books lately?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by njtomatoguy, Jul 11, 2006.

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  1. njtomatoguy

    njtomatoguy Feeling the Heat

    Jun 20, 2006
    Maple Shade, NJ
    Does anyone have any suggestions for a woodstove related book?

    So far I have

    The book of Heat by the staff of Vermont Castings
    The new improved wood heat, by John Vivian
    The Harrowsmith country life guide to wood heat, by Dirk Thomas
    The new woodburners handbook, by Stephen Bushway
    Modern and Classic Woodburning Stoves, by Bob and Carol Ross
    The art and ingenuity of the woodstove , Jan Adkins
    WOOD STOVE HANDBOOK , by Wilbur W. Newcomb

    Absorbing all I can,

    Please suggest the best book you have read..



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  2. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 17, 2005
    Western Mass.
    Woodburners Encylopedia (Shelton)
    Wood Heat Safety (Shelton)

    I think I have an extra around of at least one of these - if you PM or email me an address, I'll send it to you.

    I think it's high time for a novel set around the industry. Stephen Morris got close in his "Tales of Beyonder" where many of the characters in VT work at a new woodstove company (VC).
  3. Shane

    Shane Minister of Fire

    Nov 21, 2005
    Casper Wyoming
    I would like to see a history of the hearth industry book. Alot of ingenius people go nameless in the hearth industry. I didn't even know who Thulman was until a couple years ago.
  4. Mo Heat

    Mo Heat Mod Emeritus

    Nov 18, 2005
    St. Louis, Missouri
    The Woodburner's Companion: Practical Ways of Heating with Wood, By Dirk Thomas

    Here's a couple reviews on Amazon. Sounds like a good one. I'll be looking for a copy at my library.


    The Book of Masonry Stoves: Rediscovering an Old Way of Warming by David Lyle (Chelsea Green Publishing Co., 1984)

    I've read this one and highly recommend it. The title is decieving. It pretty much covers the entire history of fire and man's attempt to control it using the hearth, from fire on the floor of a hut, to modern wood stoves, with special emphasis on masonry heaters for reasons that are made clear in the book.

    Another interesting one I've read details the building of wood stoves (many designs) from oil drums in the golden age of the Alaskan hippy migration in the 70's. ;) It's impressive to see a back to the earth kind of guy hammer out a highly functional wood stove from discarded metal, and also gives a good fundamental explanation of the basic features required to build a wood stove through the vicarious experiences of the author. He even touches on coking stoves and secondary combustion in homemade devices. This was written prior to EPA regs, so you probably wouldn't want to build one of these yourself, except maybe for a cabin or a pet project, even though he pretty much gives step by step instructions for a few designs. Still, it was an interesting read.

    Wood Stoves; How to Make and Use Them, by Ole Wik

    The last two books I found at the library.
  5. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Northern Virginia
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