I have been looking into getting into a more rural living setting up here and upon reading many of the posts of remote living and cabin living have been struck by the lack of mention and/or support for masonry heating with wood. I lived in a home in Washington with friends that had an 1800 SF living space...2 story place... and they made ONE fire per day to heat the place all day. The heat radiated from the bulk masonry of the unit. It does take up square footage, however...the quality of heat is superior...and they can be very beautiful as well.
Used nebulous wood, scraps and such...not necessarily nicely stacked cord wood...and very little of it at that. I think it's a wonderful way to heat, use the natural resources available, keep the carbon footprint small, and the labor less than that of a traditional airtight woodstove.
There are many ways to go with this design and method of heating...but I was wonderin' if ALASKA might be too frigid for these to be functional...but they are used in Sweden, Russia, Germany and others, all of which are frigid in their own right. Here is a link for some info on them. I'd love to know if anyone has had experience with them. For me...it's an esthetic and functional answer to heat.