The classic work by MHA member David Lyle. About to be released in a new edition. Superb historical treatment of the development of masonry heating. 192 pages.
Definitive work on authentic hearth
breads, including instructions for building a backyard bake oven.
"Wing and Scott do more than get the details right: they get the right details. It is difficult for me to imagine any baker, amateur or professional, coming away from this book without having learned something significant, even profound, about the art of bread baking."
-Thom Leonard, author of The Bread Book
Retained Heat Oven Data - now available in the book.
A simple, fully-illustrated handbook for making an oven from earthen materials (similar to adobe and cob). Another "10" on the webmaster scale!
Provides clear, step-by-step instructions for building and firing the oven. Also complete directions for making sourdough bread in the best (and simplest) artisan tradition.
"an excellent guide to building an Earthen Oven and lots more".
My son-in-law just finished an Italian bread and pizza oven [that] cost
$4,000. I told him I will soon build a horno of adobe for less than
$100. Enclosed is order for 3 more books to get into hands of prospective
oven builders and friends.
This unique study of the role of the bread oven in rural Quebec society also gives complete instructions on how to build a traditional outdoor bread oven. 115 pages, many illustrations.
Taste of Bread
Translation of the French text, Le Gout Du Pain, c1990. A thorough guide
to the basic ingredients in bread, the composition of bread dough, the
various factors that influence the taste of bread, and precise directions
for how to make good-quality bread, including recipes and detailed discussions
for continued use.
- Heart of the Home
MHA founding member Albie Barden is known as the Johnny Appleseed of masonry heating in North America. Heikki Hyytianïnen is Finland's foremost masonry heating expert. 103 pages.
MHA member Steve Bushway has written an excellent manual on the current state of the art in wood heating, including new technology such as masonry heaters and EPA-certified woodstoves. 160 pages.
Michael Byrne knows more about the hands-on and theory of tile than just about anybody. Better yet, he knows how to communicate. One of the best masonry books your webmaster has ever read.
A lively, concise, and researched exploration of global warming. Reveals the end consequences of climate change, rebuts the arguments of climate change skeptics, and presents practical and affordable solutions to assure a climate-safe future.
John Berger writes about this subject with both enthusiasm and balance, giving the reader (particularly the layman) an overview of how we got to where we are in the global warming crisis and what can be done about it. There's even a handy section listing resources for taking action. The arguments put forward are are well-supported
More than 100 color photos of masonry fireplaces, masonry heaters, and chimneys. Brick, sculptured brick, concrete masonry, and stone are used in a variety of styles. Included are descriptions of materials and sources used, an explanation of masonry heaters, and a glossary of fireplace terms.
One hundred new photographs of masonry fireplaces, masonry heaters and chimneys compliment volume I and provide beautiful examples of the almost infinite combinations of colors, sizes, patterns, and shapes available. Includes information on selecting firebox mortar, flashing chimneys, constructing a chimney crown, and building a Rumford fireplace.
Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances
Forgotten Art of Building and Using a Brick Bake Oven : A Practical Guide
Preparation and Use of Lime Mortar. An Introduction to the Principles
of Using Lime Mortars
This informative 60-page book draws together existing information on traditional lime mortars for the benefit of specifiers and craftsmen working with traditional masonry-built structures in Scotland and around the world. This is one of the most informative books ever written in the usage of traditional lime mortars.
This page last updated on September 12, 2004