This episode of the BS* + Beer show features Albie Barden, John Siegenthaler, and Patrick McCombe discussing the topic “Heating With Wood.” The conversation revolves around making the most efficient use of wood as a fuel source. Albie makes a solid case for masonry heaters as the cleanest and healthiest form of wood heat. He explains how they function, why they provide stable temperatures, and their DIY appeal. John shares his deep expertise as a mechanical engineer purporting the science and application of modern hydronic heating systems. He stresses the importance of thermal storage (which he describes as a BTU battery), explains the idea of “batch-burn cycles,” and highlights the flexibility of the hydronic system to feed multiple appliance loads. Patrick represents the tried-and-true approach. He shares his experience of heating his barn-turned-office with a 1930s cast-iron wood stove, which he fuels with wood from felled trees on his property that he has bucked and split himself. Cost considerations, temperature control, particulate matter, load zones, and makeup air are among the issues discussed. Because our guests bring to the table such varying approaches to wood heating, this episode has broad appeal.
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Join us on Thursday, January 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. EST for a conversation with lighting expert David Warfel, author of Fine Homebuilding’s “Lighting for the Long Term” and “The Lighting Power of LEDs” and Jeff Calkins, owner of Calkins Electric Supply Co. We will talk about energy-efficient lighting options, design strategies and best practices, and how lighting affects occupant health.
David Warfel is founding designer of Light Can Help You (LCHY), an author, and an educator. He serves as lighting advisor to the ProSource buying group, is leading the development of the first integrator-specific lighting certification program, and is former head of the graduate lighting design program at the University of Illinois. David’s company built their Signature Custom Lighting Design service to be an easy, affordable, and professional option for lighting design. The LCHY team partners with custom integrators nationwide to help them grow lighting fixture sales and navigate the complex and rapidly changing world of light. David’s design credits range from projects at Carnegie Hall and Las Vegas’s Luxor to Chicago’s Hyde Park Arts Center, and multiple themed spaces for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. While he and his team still design commercial projects, their primary focus is on custom residential projects from coast to coast (and beyond). His work and writing have been featured in Technology Design, Fine Homebuilding, Lighting Australia, and Houzz.com. David blogs at Language of Light and lives in Madison, WI.
Jeff Calkins studied architectural engineering, mathematics, and psychology at the University of Kansas. In 1991, he began working full time for the family business, Calkins Electric Supply, in downtown Shawnee, Kansas, which was started by his grandfather in 1957. He, his sister, and his son now run the company. Of all aspects of the electrical industry, Jeff has always enjoyed lighting and lighting design the most. He has been part of some gratifying lighting installations that include the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center’s “All Electric” house exhibit. Recently, he and his brother purchased and renovated the historic Aztec Theater—also in downtown Shawnee—which recently re-opened for business.
BS* + Beer Book Club
Because the hosts of the BS* + Beer Show all love to read, we thought we would celebrate the authors in our industry by adding a book club to the show every few months. We’ll announce the book, give you a few months to get it and read it, and conclude with a BS* + Beer Show episode where we will invite the author to join us, present, and take questions.
We have selected our third book: Essential Building Science: Understanding Energy and Moisture in High Performance House Design by Jacob Deva Racusin.
We hope you will pick up a copy and join the discussion on April 1st.
You can contact Kiley Jacques at [email protected]. Main photo courtesy of Patrick McCombe.