Earthstove

Winter is woodstove season at our house. Almost 40 years ago a GrandMa Bear Fisher woodstove took over heating my house. It was a heavy welded-steel unit lined with fire brick. When fully stoked up with my favorite (well-dried osage orange, AKA hedge or bodark) firewood, that baby could really pump out the heat. One of my great pleasures in life is backing up to a good woodstove and warming myself after a long work session outdoors in the cold. The infra-red waves that come off the stove make the whole space cozy. With those rays in mind we started calling our stove the macro-wave.

A second great pleasure is not hearing my furnace running, something a good woodstove can provide in spades. That Fisher stove moved with me to five different residences over the years until finally finding a permanent home in New Mexico. Today’s house warmer is a 70s vintage Earth Stove insert in my suburban fireplace. It was modified to fit into the fireplace and some bricks were removed for the flue to…