A Special Event Will Be Presented by the Masonry Heater Association of North America Headlining Austrian Masonry Heater Builders, Additional Workshops and Seminars

MHA will host masonry heater builders from Austria at their annual meeting April 15 - 21st, 2013 at Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC. In addition, six other workshops and seminars will highlight the weeklong get together.

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Austrian Kachelofen

Master Austrian masons share their heater building knowledge with members of the Masonry Heater Association of North America.

Little Switerland, North Carolina (PRWEB) October 26, 2012

MHA (http://www.mha-net.org) is excited to announce a presentation and workshop by three professionals heater builders from Austria at the MHA Annual Meeting. Austrian Master Stove Builders Paul Polatschek and Luis Wegscheider and stove designer/project consultant and coordinator Stefan Polatschek present the following program:

  • An overview of contemporary techniques and principles of grundofen/kachelofen design and construction in Austria; overview of contemporary materials and examples of their use.
  • Example of how proper design and planning tools make heater design, planning, presentation and construction much more efficient. Example of collaboration between heater builder and designer/consultant in projects completed by Stefan-Paul Polatschek team.
  • A workshop on a hand-built grundofen, designed in the air-gap system in compliance with Austrian KOV calculation and UZ37 standard. The air-gap system facilitates great freedom of the outer shell’s (facing) design allowing creation of the heaters of virtually any shape without relationship to shape of the core. The workshop will introduce North American heater masons to new solutions and techniques for heater building while creating a stove similar to the one pictured.
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  • Informal conversations and creative exchange during the entire week.

In addition to the Austrian presentation and workshop, the following workshops will also be presented:

-Wood fired pizza oven (will be used for the annual pizza party)
-Bell heater with heated benches
-Water system to be added to the bell heater constructed above with seminar
-Wood fired smoker
-Contraflow heater build designed for the novice heater builder
-Bricklaying clinic

    As a bonus, two Heater Mason’s Education and Development (HMED) classes will be available to attendees. These classes are curriculum driven over 4 days with lectures and “hands-on” modules.


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