Thermal Mass Stove Design/Build Workshop: La Caseta de Milmanda. I had a gallon of my favorite BEHR RED Paint at home. This project is a good alternative for those of you that desire to give your outdated fireplace a new look without all the mess that tearing it down brick by brick would create. Even the fireplace has a touch of modern with it’s straight lines and smooth surface, but it’s softened by the traditional mantel.

And, with the help of the organizers at l’Associaci√≥ Persei , in February 2012 I taught a workshop at Milmanda on How to Design and Build a Thermal Mass Stove. I hope Milmanda’s new thermal mass stove will be cooking Maria’s delicious Catalan casseroles for many years to come!fireplace remodel

After the classroom element of the workshop, we got down to business. It looks so beautiful and fresh and totally transforms the room. To accomplish this, we first built and installed a lightweight stove pipe system inside the old chimney. MOD PODGE (found at any craft store) is very important in a travel trailer.fireplace remodel

My interests beyond natural building are in community development, which I incorporate in my work by leading natural building workshops and seminars for non-professionals. Instead of using the adhesive meant for this type of carpeting, I used a staple gun. Your new fireplace and room makeover is gorgeous!

We began with the classroom element of the workshop, introducing the basic principles of the thermal mass stove and the transference of heat. I found this cute wire rack at Ross for $12.99. It holds our towels leaving room for bathroom supplies under the sink.fireplace remodel