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The Milan Village Arts School has the opportunity to add a new class for this summer. Eric Moshier is a regular instructor at North House Folk School in Grand Marais and will be traveling to Granite Falls in early June to construct a masonry heater at Scott Wilson's new straw bale home. A masonry heater is highly efficient and can be used for heating as well as baking and heating water. A masonry wood stove would be a great asset to any Minnesota home.

As this is an actual build, student hands on participation is limited, but the knowledge you will gain is extensive and valuable.

The build will occur from June 2 to June 6. The first 2 days is the core build and the second 2 days is the finishing work. Most of the build should be finished by the 6th. Students can register by the day. It is not necessary to be present all 4 days.

The tuition is $50/day. As this is a special class, the tuition is the same for members and non-members.

Location: The workshop would be held at Scott Wilson's building site (9085 5th Avenue, Granite Falls),
Next to the old Swensson farm outside of Montevideo.


Eric's classes are highly sort after and always have waiting lists. This is a terrific opportunity to learn about masonry heater building at a very special price.

Please contact the Milan Village Arts School to register for this class.

Masonry Heater Building

with Eric Moshier

Masonry heaters originated in Northern Europe where winters were cold and fuel wasn’t always plentiful. The natural response? Create a wood-fired presence that was at once incredibly efficient and highly attractive, capable of generating abundant heat and ideal for cooking/baking. Masonry heaters are built with fire bricks and utilize their high mass to radiate heat for 12 - 24 hours, a feature which means they only need to be fired once or twice per day. Students will experience and discuss heater design, sizing options, brick selection, oven integration, door and hardware installation, code considerations, and tool use. An exterior finish of clay brick will be utilized. Stucco and clay plaster options will be discussed, as will larger heaters capable of heating spaces up to 2,500 sq. ft.
The history of masonry heaters can be traced back 1,000 years or more. Beautiful and highly functional, they are built near the heart of a home where their solid and warm presence serves as an ideal gathering point. Design flexibility of masonry heaters enable them to be part of homes of many sizes and incorporate features such as heated benches, baking ovens, or heating domestic hot water.
This heater workshop will be built on site at a clients house as more of an introduction to masonry heaters. Due to the time restrictions on this build there will be very little hands on experience but you will be able to watch the entire build and ask questions as we are building the heater. We will be building a German style Grundofen heater with a heated bench and a black oven. We will finish the heater with clay brick and clay plaster.

Eric Moshier

Duluth, MN
Eric is a third generation stone mason who has over 25 years of experience. As the owner of Solid Rock Masonry in Duluth, he has built Finnish, Swedish, Russian and German style masonry heaters throughout the Midwest and southern Ontario. A long-time member of the Masonry Heaters Association, he has led numerous workshops across the Great Lakes Region and at the MHA annual gathering. To compliment his strong desire to educate people about heating with wood in efficient and beautiful ways, Eric has pursued projects ranging from coaching hockey to building log homes to being an environmental consultant.







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Milan Village Arts School
P.O. Box 230
Milan, Minnesota 56262
mvas@fedteldirect.net
(320) 734 4807
www.milanvillageartsschool.org

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