Masonry Heater Association of North America introduces New Masonry Heater Education Program.

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The Masonry Heater program offers masons and people interested in learning how to build wood-fire masonry heaters for formal educational program. The class introduces Masonry Heaters as a renewable bio-mass, clean and efficient heat source for home use.

The Masonry Heater Association of North America has recently developed the HMED (Heater Mason's Education & Development) program designed for masons and people interested in learning how to build wood-fired masonry heaters.

The program is designed to:

  •     Provide an education program that starts with basic information and skills training.
  •     Provide a standard curriculum that will be delivered in facilities throughout North America.
  •     Provide opportunities to earn continued education credits for various certification programs.
  •     Promote safe building practices for everyone interested in building masonry heaters.
  •     Establish a training system that is specific to North America.

MHA’s HMED program provides an excellent opportunity for someone to learn the basic theory and construction of masonry heater, a necessary step before taking on the task of building masonry heaters. The program was developed due to increasing interest in Masonry Heaters as an alternative method to heat homes.

Classes are currently scheduled for:

         September 17 – 20, 2011 in Perth, Ontario, Canada, level one, modules 1 & 2
         November 04 – 07, 2011 in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, level one, modules 1 & 2

         September 17 – 20, 2011 in Perth, Ontario
    $399/module for MHA members
    $450/module for non MHA members

            November 4 – 7, 2011 in Shaftesbury, Massachusetts
     $1298 for MHA members, includes room and board
    $1400 for non MHA members, includes room and board


What are Masonry Heaters?

A masonry heater is a special type of fireplace made of stone, brick, stucco or tile which will heat your home safely and comfortably. Masonry heaters burn wood, which is North America's cheapest and most abundant bio-fuel. We currently use less than ten percent of available deadfall timber from our forests. Masonry heaters burn efficiently and with very low emissions, which make them extremely “green.”

Masonry heaters work on the principal of thermal storage due to the considerable thermal mass of the materials used in their construction (most of them are heavy, often weighing tons). The best masonry heaters soak up most of the heat from the wood blaze within the firebox through a cleverly designed system of channels or chambers which "harvest" heat from the hot gases as they pass by. This energy migrates through the masonry slowly until it reaches the surface where it "illuminates" the room with invisible rays of heat known as infrared radiation. This way heat from a fire in the morning can still be warming a home in the evening.

The Masonry Heater Association of North America hosts an annual workshop where masons can get hands-on practice building wood-fired masonry heaters and bake ovens. Instructional books on how to build and operate masonry heaters and bake ovens are available on the MHA’s website.

For more information on masonry heaters, education classes or membership in the Masonry Heater Association of North America, contact the MHA office:

Masonry Heater Association of North America
Richard Smith, Executive Director
2180 S. Flying Q Lane
Tucson, AZ. 85713
(520) 883-0191
execdir(at)mha-net(dot)org (email) (website)


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