My MOTHER's House Part VII: A Masonry Russian Fireplace

In the scramble to build a more efficient woodburner, the fuel-stingy masonry Russian fireplace — a centuries-old backyard technology whose time has come — is rapidly moving up through the pack.



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Our finished Russian Fireplace.
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The brickwork for the five heat-exchanging passages begin.
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Baffle section - view 2.
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Baffle section - view 1.
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Firebricks are laid — without mortar — to line the firebox.
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The damper can be seen at the top of this photo . . . while the chimney's cleanout door and firebox are below.
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The passages are capped with a split 17-inch flue tile.
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