Masonry Stove Construction Seminar and Course


A masonry heater (or masonry stove, ceramic stove, tile stove) is a device for warming an interior space through radiant heating, by capturing the heat from periodic burning of fuel (usually wood), and then radiating the heat at a fairly constant temperature for a long period.

The technology has existed in different forms, from back into the Neoglacial and Neolithic periods! They can be designed with heated seats, ovens, even hot plates for kettles.  Maybe you're thinking of installing one in your own home  and would like to learn how to undertake some of the construction yourself? Or maybe you'd like to understand the theory and see how the design works?

Martin Ruzicka from has kindly agreed to both design and teach this course at Orchard Barn this summer. He will work with a small number of students to teach us how they are made whilst at the same time undertaking the construction of a stove in the new Meeting Room at Orchard Barn.

Course dates: 9-13th July 2019
Masonry Stove Seminar 9th July

Timing: 9.30-4.00

Number of places: 4

Venue: Orchard Barn, Suffolk, IP14 2LY

One bursary place is available for an assistant. Please email Sarah for more information.

Day One of the course will also be a Seminar Day. Seminar tickets are 110

Course Fee

  masonry stove designed and built by Masonry Stoves

This photo shows a stove constructed by Martin in 2013.

The masonry stove we plan to build at Orchard Barn will be constructed from clay lump block.

A back boiler will heat water that will heat underfloor heating in our beaten earth floor. An extended flue will heat an oven and two clay lump, sculpted seats.

The stove will run off small dimension coppice material and off-cuts from our construction projects. The thermal mass of this stove will retain its heat for hours after firing.

Come and be part of its construction and learn how to make your own masonry stove! Can't come on the course, but would like to make a donation towards making it happen? We've set up a DONATIONS page to help with cost of materials. Thank-you.

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