The Book of Masonry Stoves: Rediscovering an Old Way of Warming by David Lyle. Paperback book published by Chelsea Green Publishing Company 1997, 192 pages with black and white photographs and illustrations.
Winter is fast approaching and it’s that time of year where
I start to stock up on fire wood whilst bracing myself for the onslaught. Yes, it gets hot here in Australia and whilst
it doesn’t get as cold as Russia, Iceland or Antarctica, it does get cold
enough for me to notice. Fortunately i
have good heating and warm jumpers (sweaters) that do a reasonable job in
keeping me unfrozen but without a good wood heater i doubt that i would be as
positive about the season as i am.
So, i find a book about wood heaters and of course i
immediately identify with it. I
understand the importance and the desire to have an appropriate source of
warmth when there is none. I don’t have
a Masonry Stove. Mine is a ummm… a wood
burning… ahhh… something. It’s good and
does the job. According to the
publishers blurb of this book I might be better off with a Masonry Stove.
“Masonry stoves offer
good solutions to many of the problems associated with wood burning. They
provide clean combustion at a high temperature, good efficiency, a high degree
of safety, and little or no pollution. Masonry stoves require little care,
needing to be fed only once or twice a day. They come in a wide variety of
shapes and sizes from simple to elegant and from austere to gothic.”
I don’t know that I need a gothic stove and to be honest the
wood heater I currently have will do just fine for the moment. Anyone who is building, renovating, DIYing or
lacking in warm jumpers, might have a passing interest in this book, particularly
here in the forthcoming frozen wastelands of Clunes.