Chronology of Wood Heat

Updated August, 2020.

This chronology was drawn from various sources and tends to focus on European dates and then switches to a chronology in the United States. It does not attempt to cover important dates in Russia, Japan and many other countries. If you think we have omitted important milestones, especially in the last 30 years, please send them to us at



18th Century

19th Century

20th Century

21st Century


A number of sources contributed to this chronology, including:
  1. Kyle, David. The Book of Masonry Stoves: Rediscovering an Old Way of Warming. Chelsea Green Publishing, 1984.
  2. Office of Technology Assessment. Wood Use: U.S. Competitiveness and Technology. U.S. Congress, OTA-ITE-210, 1983.
  3. Perlin, John. A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization." The Countryman Press, 2005.
  4. Zerbe & Skog, "Sources and Uses of Wood for Energy," USDA, 2008. Zerbe & Skog
  5. Eighteenth Century American Stove Making, Eighteenth Century American Stove Making
  6. A Brief History of Fire and its Uses, A Brief History of Fire and its Uses
  7. Peirce, Josephine. Fire on the Hearth: The Evolution and Romance of the Heating-Stove. Pond-Ekberg Company, 1951.
  8. Wood Burners Past and Present, Wood Burners Past And Present
  9. Weathersby, Ben. The Family of Fire: The History, People and Growth of the Hearth Industry. Hearth Products Association, 2000.
  10. Brewer, Priscilla. From Fireplace to Cookstove: Technology and the Domestic Ideal in America. Syracuse University Press, 2000.