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The 2018 Wood Stove Design Challenge is made possible by the financial and in-kind resources of stakeholders who are passionate about innovation and modernization in residential wood heating and thermoelectric power generation.  We are a community brought together in search of more efficient, affordable and cleaner renewable wood energy. Our community includes government agencies, foundations, industries and non-profits who have very hands-on involvement with the vision, planning and execution of the Stove Challenge.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Challenge, please let us know here, or contact John Ackerly at or 301-204-9562.

The DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office awarded a $125,000 grant for the 2018 Stove Challenge, of which $100,000 is for grants to teams. BETO establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop and demonstrate technologies for producing cost-competitive bioenergy.


NYSERDA has been a core partner and funder of the Wood Stove Design Challenges in 2013, 2014 and 2016.  NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation whose aim is to help New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment. Its Renewable Heat NYis a national leader in utilization of biomass for heating.


The Osprey Foundation has also been a core partner and funder of the Wood Stove Design Challenge and has pledged funding for 2017 and 2018.  The Osprey Foundation is a small family foundation that strives to empower individuals and communities through education, health, economic opportunity and human rights in a sustainable way.


Olympia Chimney Supply Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of chimney venting systems, liners and accessories. Olympia -provides chimney systems for all fuel sources within its Ventis® family of products. Olympia also manufactures a wide variety of chimney liners including Forever Flex™, Premium Forever Flex™, Armor Flex, Hybrid, and Rhino Rigid™. Headquartered in Scranton, Pa., the company has operations in Indiana, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Oregon.


The U.S. Forest Service has been very active in the Wood Stove Design Challenge, through both the Wood Innovations team at its headquarters in Washington, DC and the Forest Products Lab in Madison, WI. The agency’s highest priority is to reduce catastrophic wildfire and other forest health risks. Creating markets that use low value wood from public, private, and tribal lands addresses these forest health needs by reducing forest management costs and providing better uses for forest leftovers than traditional disposal methods.


The Masonry Heater Association (MHA) has been one of the top in-kind sponsors of all of the Stove Challenges by providing stove testing support and expertise.  MHA is an association of builders, manufacturers and retailers of masonry heaters that sponsors research and development and helps shape regulations, standards and codes.


EDGE Energy is excited to be supporting the 2018 Wood Stove Design Challenge with off-grid batteries and high-efficiency solar panels from Sunpower. In 2018, EDGE Energy was awarded Federal DOE / EPA ENERGY STAR nationwide Contractor of the Year. They are a licensed Electrical & HVAC installer in DC, MD, and VA; and they are dedicated to high-performance, whole-home energy retrofit projects while providing safe job sites for both their crews and clients. Visit our web site for more information.


The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that invests in the deployment of sustainable energy technologies that benefit West Penn Power ratepayers in Pennsylvania. WPPSEF investments are focused in three broad categories:

  1. Deployment of sustainable and clean energy technologies

  2. Deployment of energy efficiency and conservation technologies

  3. Facilitating economic development, environmental betterment, and public education as they relate to sustainable energy deployment in the WPP service region


HPBA has been a long-time supporter and partner of EPA and local governments in promoting use of cleaner-burning appliances. HPBA and its members have made significant contributions in the development of a new cordwood test method for woodstoves. HPBA is the North American trade association for manufacturers and retailers of indoor and outdoor solid fuel-burning appliances such as wood and pellet stoves, hydronic heaters, and wood furnaces.


With more than 30 years in the wood pellet industry, Lignetics is one of the pioneers of manufacturing premium wood pellets and Pres-to-Logs® (presto logs) fire logs for home heating. Lignetics is currently the largest residential wood pellet manufacturer in the United States, offering numerous brands throughout the country including Lignetics, Golden Fire, New England Wood Pellet, and Green Supreme. Being a market leader is a position and responsibility we proudly bear. We are committed to advancing the technology, sustainability, and awareness of pellet heating.


The Allegheny SAF has a membership of 1,100 professional foresters in the five states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Since 1900, the Society of American Foresters has provided access to information and networking opportunities to prepare members for the challenges and the changes that face natural resource professionals.


CSIA is the industry leader in chimney and venting education striving to advance public awareness about the dangers of chimney fires and other problems related to the maintenance and performance of chimney and venting systems. CSIA's nationally recognized credentials include the CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep®, CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician®, and CSIA Master Chimney Sweep®.


Myren Labs has also been a top in-kind sponsor of the Design Challenge by providing stove testing and fuel loading support and expertise.   Based on Coleville, Washington, Myren Labs is one of the labs accredited by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct wood stove certification tests.


Schott Robax company has been a generous sponsor of the 2013 and 2018 event and also provided free tempered glass to teams competing in the Challenge.  ROBAX® Energy Plus is the first glass-ceramic fire panel with a heat reflecting coating, reflecting some of the heat radiation back into the combustion chamber.


To work with all manufacturers of catalytic products to continually refine and improve these products for the environment and to educate the public about the benefits of catalytic technology.


The National Fireplace Institute ® (NFI) is the professional certification division of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization for the hearth industry. NFI’s objective is to increase public safety by establishing meaningful credentials for professionals involved in planning and installing residential hearth appliance and venting systems. NFI, established in 2002, certifies planners and installers in four hearth product categories:

  1. NFI Gas Specialis

  2. NFI Woodburning Specialist

  3. NFI Pellet Specialist

  4. NFI Hearth Design Specialist


Testo is a world leader in the development and manufacture of portable test and measurement instrumentation. Extensive combustion analyzer knowledge allows Testo to be the "go to" instruments for the biomass market. Backed by 60 years of experience, our mission is to provide the best quality, service, and value in the industry.


BioLite is a social enterprise that develops, manufactures, and distributes advanced clean energy technologies to off-grid households around the world. BioLite uses advanced thermoelectric, solar, and power management technologies to help fulfill their mission of bringing energy everywhere.

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The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) advances the sustainable use of wood and agricultural biomass for clean, efficient heat and combined heat and power to meet America’s energy needs and strengthen local economies. BTEC engages in government affairs advocacy, technical and regulatory development, and public education to build awareness of biomass for thermal energy applications.

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