Innovative wood stove designs featured in international contest

By Staff | December 30, 2013

The Alliance for Green Heat’s Wood Stove Decathlon kicked off at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in mid-November. During the event, 12 teams from the U.S., Denmark, New Zealand, Austria and Finland competed for the title of the cleanest, most efficient and innovative wood stoves. 

To judge the teams’ products, experts from a U.S. EPA-accredited wood stove test lab were onsite to complete emissions and efficiency testing. The winner was selected from nine judges who inspected the stove designs, components and construction to assess durability and the potential of innovative technological features. 

The event also featured panel discussions on residential heating with biomass stoves. In some areas, pellet stoves are selling faster than wood stoves, which is partially explained by the complexity of cordwood. John Crouch, Pellet Fuels Institute director of public affairs, discussed the varying properties of cordwood and how pellets offer consumers a more uniform biomass fuel.