Kachelofen… best I can make of the sound in English is what happens if I kick my feet up and nod off at my desk. My wife might say “caught you loafin'” really fast, with an accent. Then it would be Kachelofen.
But that’s not what this post is about. Here’s a picture:
I found this picture at a Wasserofen.de , after I went searching for pictures of Kachelofens. Mary commented in the last post about fireplaces mentioning these and I went a lookin’. Way cool! Here’s more:
Then I hit the motherload of awesome pictures at der-ofenladen.de
The people that design and build these things are just so talented and creative it amazes me! And they apparently really work!
Heat Flows Inside
From what I can understand, the interior of these structures has pathways for heat (air) flow. The areas that you can sit, as best I can tell, are up against warm walls, usually tile or what appears to be a clay/stucco type material.
Clearly I need to learn more, but I’m hooked! If I had one of these, I can tell you where you would catch me loafin’ on a cold winter day!
Of course, it was in the mid-eighties today… that whole Florida thing… probably why I’ve never heard of these!
How about some incredible open beams and floors to go with it, like these from Kachelofenfreund.de
I’m in awe.