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This team from Stony Brook University in New York may change wood burning forever.

Burning insufficiently seasoned (dried) wood is the largest problem faced by the firewood industry. Even the cleanest burning EPA-rated stoves smoke like the dickens if they’re not burning dry wood — and for many people, it’s hard to find a reliable source of good, dry wood.

This innovative stove seeks to change that equation by drying the wood before it enters the firebox. That’s the best idea ever.

If you’ve never burned kiln-dried wood in your stove, you may not fully appreciate the benefit drying wood to an optimal moisture content, particularly if you live in a humid climate. Delivering fully dried, pre-heated wood directly into the firebox is a game-changer (provided that it works as claimed).

The Stony Brook team has incorporated a number of other innovations, including an increased surface area heat exchanger that is claimed to help capture particulates, and a down-draft venturi drafted firebox to promote complete combustion.  Read more from the Alliance for Green Heat, here.