More than 100 years of fireplace expertise
The guild of the master fireplace builders lived in Nunnanlahti, Finland, in the 1800s. Once a suitable stone deposit had been located and quarried, the stone was sawn – perpendicular to the foliation for the inner fireplace stones, and parallel to the foliation for the surface stones.
Depending on their plane of cut, the stones were used to achieve different directions of heat transfer in the finished soapstone fireplace. Such soapstone fireplaces were famous for their excellent thermal properties, and the best of them for the strong, light brown, stable layer, which formed on the surfaces of the fire chamber after heavy use.
Fireplace masters started their work by selecting a fireproof soapstone type of the fire chamber. Their reputation as fireplace masters, both in their own village and in the neighbouring villages, depended on it. A fire chamber that lasted for decades, good baking properties of the baking oven and even heat release of the fireplace ensured that the master would continue to feed his family comfortably and well into the future.