Lopez Labs Co-Operative
Jerry Frisch with his clean burning Frisch Rosin masonry fireplace system (Norbert Senf on the left,, holding "2 min." sign) (1994)
Lopez Labs was started at the Everett, Washington shop of Lopez Quarries/Masonry Heaters. Between 1992 and 1995 we tested a variety of masonry heaters for several weeks every spring. We currently maintain the largest masonry heater performance database in the United States or Canada. Lopez also participated with two other labs in a simultaneous field test series of masonry fireplaces at McNear Brick in California in 1995.
In 2004 we opened a second test facility at the Masonry Stove Builders shop here in Greermount, Quebec (90 minutes from Ottawa, Canada's capital.) We are building a long term performance database on how various operating factors affect specific heater models.
Alex Chernov opened a test facility at Stovemaster in 2009.
Homestead Heat, Solid Rock Masonry, Boris Kukolj and Alaska Hearth Technologies are in the process of setting up test facilities.
One goal of the co-operative venture is to establish common testing procedures and quality control protocols to allow comparison of data.
A number of papers have been published describing the research at Lopez Labs. These are available at Lopez Labs Archive
2010 Test Series - January - February, 2010
Bell Experiments with a Contraflow Heater - March 2010
Lopez Labs Conference - January 4 - 7, 2010
Evaluating a Testo 308 Digital Smoke Spot Meter - November 2009
Bell Construction and Testing Workshop - October 2009
Rocket-Bell Experiments - July 2009
Alaska Fireplace Retrofit Project - updated July 10/09
Experimental Masonry Hydronic Heating Workshop - updated Dec 18/09
Burning Pellets in a Masonry Heater - updated Jan 30/09
A Comparison of Fireplace Emissions
Very Low Emissions Cordwood Combustion
in High Burn Rate Appliances - Early Results with Possible Implications
Requirements and Related Parameters for Masonry Heating Systems
This page last updated on November 22, 2013