A Primer for Extended Power Loss

emergency survival kitIt’s the emergency situation no one wants to think about: An extended power outage lasting two or more weeks. Continue reading

Safely Heating a Yurt With Wood

the yurt before chimney

Here’s a photo of Hannah’s yurt last summer before the chimney was installed.

My 24-foot diameter yurt is a 450 square foot living space, with lightly insulated cloth walls over a wooden lattice structure. When I think about building a fire in there, I think it had better be done safely! I also notice that the space heats up quickly, as it’s not all that large after all, but the heat dissipates quickly after the fire goes out, too. Better insulation than mine would be a must if I needed to count on my dwelling staying above freezing when I’m away for the day. Continue reading

The Satisfaction of Heating with Wood

old fireplaceEditor’s Note: The following article comes to us from Scott Ervin, husband of Glenda Lehman Ervin (VP of Marketing and daughter of company founder Jay Lehman). He shares with us his experience and joy of heating with wood. Continue reading

‘A Place To Go When You’re Cold’: Why Heat With Wood

In a world of complete automation and instant gratification, Bruce, Lehman’s Senior Buyer, has chosen a different way to heat his family’s home: with wood. He speaks about his daily winter routine with a certain fondness: Continue reading

Living With A Woodstove: 4 Tools That Shine

The wood ash, oh, the never-ending wood ash. It finds its way everywhere, eventually. When we moved into this one-room 1800s home, we did not anticipate all that heating our home solely with wood would entail. Continue reading

The List Maker’s Spring Checklist

Not everybody is like me. My wife would tell you that she thanks God every day for that fact. But I’m a list maker and prefer to make detailed outlines of what I need to do today, tomorrow, next week, next month and so on. Continue reading

Hearthstone Stoves: Long-Lasting, Ultra-Reliable Heat (And Beauty, Too)


Have really large area to heat? The Hearthstone Mansfield is our most popular big stove.

Hearthstone is the only stove company that uses a solid 1 ¼” thick soapstone panel for the walls and top (the actual body of the stove). This is important because soapstone has extraordinary heat retention and transfer properties…it works better than any other material used for woodstove construction. Continue reading

Wood Stove Primer: Find Your Best Heating Bet



Nowadays the homeowner wanting the warmth and cost savings of heating with wood has nearly endless options. There are fireplace inserts, wood furnaces, and wood stoves made of sheet steel, cast iron, glass or soapstone. You can get ventless, through-the-wall vented or more traditional flue vented units. Fuel can be seasoned hardwood you cut or buy, bags of processed hardwood pellets, or coal. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, as we’ll explore in the next few paragraphs. Continue reading