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Woodstock Soapstone Co. Updates

03 Jun2016 Oops! Our Apologies...
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Oops!  We must apologize.  Our website was recently hacked, and many of our valued customers may have received undesirable results when accessing or searching our site on Memorial Day, and the day after.  We like to think of ourselves as “hot” but perhaps not in the manner that was depicted during ..
19 Apr2016 It's A Fire Sale! (of the Finest Kind)
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You asked, and we listened.  It’s been a while since we’ve featured our “catalytic stars” with a sale this big!  This occasion has come about because we have a substantial hybrid woodstove backorder, and we need to reorganize and expand our steel fabrication operations.  Turning finished inv..
12 Apr2016 How to build a shoulder-season fire in a cold stove, with virtually no emissions and no effort or maintenance after you light the match!  (Part 2)
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There are some very respectable technical and scientific reasons why a “top down” fire works best when staring a cold stove.  Here are a few reasons: First:  The distribution of oxygen to the hottest spot is better in a “top down” start-up.  Complete combustion requires adequate oxygen, and when the..
11 Apr2016 How to build a shoulder-season fire in a cold stove, with virtually no emissions, and no effort or maintenance after you light the match!  (Part 1)
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We are now in the “shoulder season”, where we have warm days and cold nights.  There’s no need to burn the stove all day – it is a waste of wood, and the house will be too warm during the day when the sun is out. The most efficient way to heat with wood, during this time of year, is to bui..
22 Mar2016 Hybrid Clarifications
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After our last hybrid email and blog post, we received requests for additional clarification about hybrid combustion. What is the difference between a hybrid stove and a stove with a catalytic combustor or secondary combustion? The definition of hybrid is “a thing made by combining..
18 Mar2016 Outdoor Air Quality vs Indoor Air Quality. What is the difference?
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The short answer is that there is no difference.  Outdoor Air becomes Indoor Air.  Most of us spend more time indoors than out, so the quality of Indoor Air is just as important as Outdoor Air.  Perhaps even more. A lot of people don’t give much thought to Outdoor Air Quality.  We at Woodstock Soap..
16 Mar2016 Q&A about Hybrid Stoves
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As a factory direct company, we get calls everyday with customers asking questions about our hybrid technology. If you are curious about hybrid technology but have not called, please read our Q&A addressing some of the most commonly asked questions, and be sure to comment below if you have a que..
02 Mar2016 R2Z Detour: Introducing Our First Test Stove
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As we noted in an earlier post, we are taking a slight detour in our Race to Zero.  We are testing older stoves made in the 1970s and 1980s.  Stoves which were made with little technology to reduce emissions or improve efficiency. Huntsman Stove - Before the Makeover Our first test stove is a “Hu..
22 Feb2016 R2Z Detour: Once There was a Thought...
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In the beginning, there was a thought, and that thought grew into an idea, which became a project. And that was good.  We here at Woodstock Soapstone are always creating, tinkering and thinking outside the firebox.  There are a lot of old woodstoves still in service that predate EPA regulations...
18 Feb2016 A Visit to the Factory
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A recent visitor to our factory graced our facebook page with a beautiful collage of pictures taken during a tour.  You can view the page here. We are thrilled our visitors shared their pictures.  We thought we would take a moment to share them with you, and hope you enjoy them as much as we do. If..
11 Jan2016 Tax Credit Opportunity
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Not everyone looks forward to tax time, but we have GOOD NEWS!  The Federal Government is providing an opportunity for you to receive a tax credit of  $300.00 for wood burning stoves purchased and installed in a primary residence.  The credit is retroactive for 2015 purchases and installation..
20 Nov2015 New Stove Design Preview
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Form & Function! As a wood stove manufacturer it has always been important for us to produce stoves that will perform year after year to keep you warm, as well as compliment the home. The wood stove is often a central fixture and the majority of our customers want a design that will look good all ye..
18 Nov2015 2015 Owners Open House
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Thank you to all of our stove owners, over 500 of you, who attended our 11/7/15 Owners Open House. We served over 450 lunches, had John & Ida Mae Specker performing live music, and had an all around wonderful time connecting with stove owners. We certainly hope everyone that joined us had a great ti..
30 Oct2015 We’re making our own furnace cement!
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We recently started making our own furnace cement.  It has been interesting learning to mix a highly viscous material (almost 500,000 centipoise; water is 1 cps) and then fill caulking tubes, but Yankee Ingenuity has prevailed.  Our unique ingredients are soapstone powder, and very small strands of ..
28 Oct2015 More Open House Notes
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Open House 2015 (Saturday, November 7) is just over a week away, and we are really looking forward to getting together with owners and having a good time, and getting reactions to our newest stove design(s).   We have made all of the food and beverage arrangements, and the food will be excellent.Joh..
27 Oct2015 Keeping an Eye on Fuel Costs
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In our area, pellet prices have drifted up from an average of $250/ton to about $300/ton, and the price for #2 fuel oil has dropped from about $3.25 to approximately $2.25 per gallon.It's always worth keeping an eye on fuel costs. Up until late last year, it was much less expensive to heat with pell..
23 Oct2015 Inside the Race to Zero Stove- Part 1
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Our Goal:  Flatline EmissionsThe race to zero has begun.  Wood stove emissions are measured in grams per hour of particulates at different burn rates (low, medium, and high).  As a general rule, all stoves have higher emissions at higher burn rates.  The more BTUs per hour a stove produces, the more..
23 Oct2015 Race to Zero T-Shirt
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Every worthwhile mission deserves a T-Shirt. Our "Race to Zero" T-shirt is pictured below. For owners who attend our November 7th Open House and let us know by using the RSVP button below, there will be a free T-shirt waiting...
15 Oct2015 Open House for Owners!
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Dear Woodstock Owner,We hope you will join us on November 7, 2015 to help us celebrate 37 years in business, to enjoy a pig roast and some local craft beer, and to take a look at our newest hybrid woodstove, which is our latest and, we hope, most successful attempt to produce an affordable zero-emis..
15 Oct2015 Zero Woodstove Emissions... Is It Possible?
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We believe it is possible (scientifically and mathematically) to produce a zero emissions woodstove.  Not “zero” in the absolute sense, but with emissions that are so low that they are negligible, both in a test lab setting and more importantly in the “real world”.On November 7, 2015, we will introd..
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