|A masonry heater my brother and his ex built. |
Want cheap heat? Got a spare $30,000?
Speaking of my brother. Several years ago he ripped out his furnace and installed something called a masonry heater. For a year that was the only source of heat in his house, but he ended up deciding a wood stove for supplemental heat would be nice. He was proud when the temp in his house was above freezing that first winter. I guess I'm just a wimp...
While my brother and I may be at odds regarding what constitutes comfortable temperatures indoors, a masonry heater would be the perfect addition to our house. Essentially it's a big pile of bricks which get heated by a wood fire once or twice a day, trap the heat in a series of semi-complex channels and slowly radiate the heat throughout the day. A person ends up burning about 3 armloads of wood for 24 hours of supplemental heat.
Enough whining about the cold indoor temps, if it's not raining - this is perfect running weather. Yesterday form work. 1.5 hours with high knees, butt kicks and "spin ups". I went out in a short sleeve shirt and shorts and my wife warned me about the cold. It was perfect. Oh well. Two and a half more hours today and tomorrow is a rest day.
Thanks for reading and be safe out there.