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17 Nov2013 Wood Stove Design Challenge: Sunday
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Today we had our scheduled second burn which looked like a really nice burn (we'll have some video on this later), however the testing equipment wasn't properly prepared so we'll have to retest tomorrow morning. By the end of the day tomorrow I believe we'll have the final standings to post for the ..
16 Nov2013 Wood Stove Design Challenge: Friday Results & Saturday Pictures
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Woodstock Soapstone is off to a good start. Day one of testing for the Ideal Steel Hybrid was yesterday (Friday 11/15), and we are currently placed in 1st on emissions testing and 4th in efficiency! More testing will happen throughout the weekend, so we'll continue to post standings as we have them...
15 Nov2013 Wood Stove Design Challenge: Thursday set up
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Tom and the Ideal Steel Hybrid, with all of its accoutrements, made it down to D.C yesterday, and was already set up and running by the afternoon. The official opening of the competition is today at 10:30 and will run through Tuesday at 5:00 pm.The People's Choice Award will be given at 4:00 pm on S..
13 Nov2013 The Wood Stove Lamp
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Here are a couple images of a prototype stove lamp. We experimented with TEGs (Thermoelectric Generator) when developing our IDEAL STEEL Hybrid.  Originally we thought we would need the current to power a small fan to pressurize the secondary air supply, but it turns out the fan was not necessary.Th..
08 Nov2013 Don't forget to vote for us!
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If you like what we're doing for the Woodstove Design Challenge Contest - making an affordable, high-performance woodstove that can be customized - please vote for us in the "People's Choice" balloting.  Just click here and vote for Woodstock Soapstone Company.Be sure to check our blog again soon.  ..
08 Nov2013 Thinking Outside the Box:  More on the Stove Buddies
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One of our first posts about the Woodstove Design Competition back in August showed an illustration of a “woodstove buddy” (it’s reproduced again below).  Our woodstove buddies that are joining us in  Washington DC are pretty gussied up (the Design Competition is like going to the prom).  The buddie..
07 Nov2013 Angler's Delight: Poisson de Manon
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Poisson de ManonQui n’adore pas Manon, une femme qui aime rire et pêcher avec son mari Richard? Nous voyons une image de Richard sur son téléphone intelligent avec  un des saumons  qu’ils ont attrapés  sur le Lac Ontario l’été dernier. Manon ``celui-ci est pour vous``Translation:  Who wouldn’t adore..
07 Nov2013 Angler's Delight: Design #1
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Today we will post a couple of stoves for fishermen.  We have lots of ideas for fish - more than we could put on two stoves, but here's the first to start.  Both designs will probably swim down to Washington DC with us next week!Angler’s DelightThis stove has a leaping fish on the side, custom fish ..
05 Nov2013 Cordwood Testing: Efficiency over 80%; Emissions under 1 gm/hr
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We recently did 3 emissions/efficiency tests using cordwood, and testing to the newly proposed ANSI standard for cordwood testing.  The first two tests used about 35-40 lbs of wood, and the high burn used about 20 lbs (as specified in the proposed standard).  The results are printed below.The first ..
03 Nov2013 Coming Soon: The Stove Buddies
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You thought we were kidding, right?..
02 Nov2013 Woodstock Soapstone on NPR's Marketplace
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Tom Morrissey, president of Woodstock Soapstone, was interviewed and featured on NPRs Marketplace last night 11/1/13.  Please click on the link and take a listen to New England cranks up its wood-burning stoves on Marketplace.Click here to link to Marketplace's story "New England cranks up its wood-..
01 Nov2013 Under the Hood 11: The Cooktop
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The cooktop consists of three burners.  The center burner always has a decorative design.  The outside burners are held in place with centering pins, and the middle burner is fastened to an 8” round cutout in the top.  The burners are different heights, to create a temperature variation across the b..
31 Oct2013 Thinking Outside The Box:  It’s Moostastic!
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Jason’s TROPHY Moose  Stove!When Jason Guimaraes asked for a moose stove, at first we thought we would cut some Moose andirons, and make a nice moose side and top.  But moose are really BIG, and the ornaments were fairly small in relation to this big stove.  So we put big antlers on the stove, and a..
31 Oct2013 A New Design for Gardeners - Hollyhock Leaves
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Some of the most beautiful designs in the world are patterns from nature, whether they are simple repetitions or complex fractals.  In this design, Lorin Day and Kristie Haupt take a simple hollyhock leaf and convert it into a slightly abstract, repeating geometry sure to please gardeners...
30 Oct2013 New Stove Design for Chris Neufeld
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Here’s a design for Chris Neufeld of Blaze King.  Chris is a good friend, and we think of Blaze King more as an ally in advocating for high efficiency stoves than as a competitor.   Chris is an avid outdoorsman, who hunts and fishes every chance he gets.  We tried to combine the two (hunting and fis..
30 Oct2013 Join us in Washington DC - Hoodies and T's for Owners
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We’ll have t-shirts and hoodies with our new logo available for our existing customers at the event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (November 15-18).  Just stop by our contest stove and we'll get you fitted up!For more information about the Wood Stove Decathlon, please click here.Tees & Hoo..
30 Oct2013 A New Name for the Steel Stove & a New Logo!
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We have a new (and hopefully final!) name for our design contest stove:The “IDEAL STEEL Hybrid”.  The initial name (Union Hybrid) was a name we came up with overnight, because the contest application asked for a name.  The we changed the name to “Steal Hybrid” to accentuate our focus on affordabilit..
29 Oct2013 A Couple New Designs: Frog Prince & Bird of Paradise
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Here are a couple of new designs - the Frog Prince and the Bird of Paradise.  We’ll have a few more in the days to come - some more traditional, and some completely “outside the box”.  Click on the images to enlarge!The Bird of Paradise was the creation of Lorin Day, our customer service manager.  L..
25 Oct2013 Under the Hood 10: RECORD EPA Efficiency
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Preliminary EPA Results:Over the last two weeks we have tested our Design Contest Stove at an independent lab outside of Montreal to (1) the current EPA standard, (2) the proposed EPA standard, and (3) the most recently published (September 24, 2013) ANSI Cordwood Standard.  The test lab is accredit..
10 Oct2013 Under the Hood 9: Air Control/Burn Rate Control
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The Air Control Damper is simple, intuitive, and conveniently located on the radius of the ash lip.  You can easily slide it open and closed with your foot!  As you move the air control damper, a link moves the damper plate across two openings; one for primary air and one for secondary air.  The rat..
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