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Overview and Results of Decathlon


The Wood Stove Decathlon culminated on the National Mall on November 19. Woodstock Soapstone's hybrid stove took the grand prize. Read here about why it won, and who won the other prizes.

An analysis of the rankings of the stoves in the five categories - efficiency, emissions, innovation, affordability and consumer appeal - can be found here:

For more details on testing and test equipment used during the Decathlon:

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New York Times reporter Matt Wald covered the Wood Stove Decathlon: the competitors are "finding ways to get twice as much heat out of a log of firewood. The effort preserves woodlands, reduces the labor and expense ... and cleans the air."

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A short, comprehensive National Geographic video of the event and the award ceremony. Interviews with John Ackerly of Alliance for Green Heat, Tom Butcher of Brookhaven National Lab, Tom Morrissey of Woodstock Soapstone and Taylor Myers of the University of Maryland team.

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The initial press advisory - read here or download pdf
Press release on Congress and wood heating policy - Read here.
Statement by Congressman Michaud (D-ME) - Read here.
Common Q & A on Wood Heating - Read here

Info on Teams: Contact info & description of technology,

  1. Behind the Scenes Look at the Wood Stove Decathlon, Oct. 7, 2013.

  2. NYSERDA Provides Funding for the Wood Stove Decathlon, Sept. 3, 2013.

  3. Finalists Announced in Competition to Build Cleaner Wood Stove, Jan. 31, 2013.

  4. In Race to Build Cleaner Wood Stove, 16th and 21st Centuries Collide, Jan. 13, 2012.

  5. Hello IStove: How Much Cleaner can Oxygen Sensors Make Wood Stove, Oct. 1, 2012.

  6. Wood Stove Decathlon Announced, Feb. 27, 2012.


  • Alliance for Green Heat Host of the Wood Stove Decathlon. Promotes cleaner and more efficient appliances and undertakes consumer oriented advocacy and education.

  • Chimney Safety Institute of America. Train and certify chimney sweeps and educate the public about chimney safety.

  • Environmental Protection Agency The EPA regulates wood heater emissions, facilitates stove change-out programs and educates the public.

  • Washington State Department of Ecology Washington State enforces stricter emissions standards than the EPA and has excellent wood heat resources.

  • The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority NYSERDA finances and engages in more wood heat research than any other public institution with a focus on boilers and pellet heat.

  • The most comprehensive chat room where users have generated considerable information about wood and pellet stoves and how they operate.

  • Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association The trade association that promotes the interests of the hearth products industry, including wood, pellet coal, and electric stoves, gas fireplaces, barbecues and patio furniture.

  • Masonry Heater Association Represents builders, manufacturers and retailers of masonry heaters, sponsors research and educates the public. Catalytic Hearth Coalition Works to continually refine and improve catalytic products for the environment and the public.

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