Re: rocking our fireplace -- how to?
From: Sanda Everette (
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 01:54:16 -0500
I can't point you in a particular direction though may do some web
searching--but if I was building a fireplace with stones I certainly
would consider what is called a Russian fireplace or a masonry heater. 
I first saw them when I visited a community on Vashon Island.  That is
one of the business in the community...installing these stoves and
selling kits for you to build them yourself.  They are beautiful, very
energy efficient, and not cheap. There is a good desciption of what a
masonry heater is at, also look at  There are many beautiful photographs
and examples.  One in particular that I loved, with river rock, was made
by a stone mason just north of you in Wyoming if I recall correctly.

> Greetings!  We have gotten the go-ahead to use river rocks from our site
> (currently being excavated) to exercise our sweat equity and build our 
> fireplace
> face in the commmon house.  It was originally spec'ed with some fake rock
> covering.  While we are looking forward to this bonding (mortaring?) community
> experience, there is no one in the group with extensive masonry experience,
> especially when it comes to using rocks for the fireplace.  The actual
> construction event is a ways off, so I am writing to see if anyone has good
> ideas for resources (books, people, videos) that might set us on the right 
> track
> in the meantime, so we can maybe practice and know what to expect.  I am
> thinking as an example of the Foxfire references that showed how to do all 
> sorts
> of self-sufficiency projects.
> Thanks for any leads!
> Stephanie Weigel
> River Rock Cohousing -- Near the Poudre River in Fort Collins, CO
> (a few units left -- Common House foundation should go in in August with
> construction on other units to follow -- contact me if you are interested)


Sanda and Brian Everette
San Mateo Cooperative Community

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