Thank you to online reader CShav10 for your comment on Masonry Heater: The Russian Fireplace:
"I've been using one of Fred's Siberian Stoves in my house for the last 20 years. It is by far the best investment I ever made. I light one fire a day most days--two on the coldest days of the year in Pennsylvania where I live. The mass of the Siberian Stove takes about 3 hours to begin radiating the heat out into the house. But it does so for nearly a full 24 hours after the fire was built. The heat is gentle and you can lean against the stove when you come in from the cold to get warmed up. It never gets overly hot to the touch. Aside from solar heat, which I also use, it is the best source of heat...and the best $2500 I ever spent. 20 years service without any problems at all!"
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