Thermal Mass Stove Design/Build Workshop: La Caseta de Milmanda. Oh, and the new interior design job is going VERY well. It has primer already in it. I chose a couple accent walls, and started painting. We installed a stone facade over the stove, to help it blend in with the original stonework of the fireplace and chimney.
You don’t need to remove the valences as long as you use Blue Painters Tape between the wall and valence. We reviewed the development of these stoves through history, and introduced some well-known models, like the Russian Stove, the German Kachelofen, and the modern masonry heater.
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.
We are in the process of redoing our old brick fireplace and, like you, have sort of framed our existing brick with wood to create a flush surface for the stone veneer. During this weekend workshop, we transformed a large, old fireplace in the Milmanda farmhouse into a vastly more efficient thermal mass stove, without altering the existing structure of the fireplace and chimney.
I painted the area around the fireplace box with Olympics Flat latex Zero Voc paint in Black Magic and the rest of the fireplace in Cloud White (flat latex) a Benjamin Moore color. Then we built a new firebox with a white oven on top, in the old fireplace.