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Updated June 2018

Automatically-controlled wood burning stoves
Dec. 12, 2014. This is not a blog but a link to one of the few good articles about automated wood stoves. It remains essential reading for students of clean wood stove design.





Bill McGrath: A pioneer in making electricity from a pellet boiler
In 2007, Bill McGrath made a homemade pellet boiler that heated his home for 9 years and it produced its own electricity so it continued to work in rural Vermont when the power went down. Bill now helps others use thermoelectrics in a variety of ways including some of the teams in the 2018 Wood Stove Design Challenge.










Lessons in building a 120-Watt thermoelectric wood stove
July 30, 2017: A reposted blog describing an early effort to build a thermoelectric wood stove.






Could a thermoelectric stove pay for itself?
July 11, 2017 - A thermoelectric wood stove could help reduce the size and cost of solar PV systems in northern climates that have limited sunlight in winter.






Thermoelectic Wood Stove, Solar Power and a Floating Cabin
June 14, 2017 - A personal narrative of making electricity from a wood stove to back up solar panels on a home far from the grid, by Margy Lutz.






Hybrid Residential Solar and Thermelectric Power Generation
June 5, 2017 - How wood stoves could help solar panels and home battery systems be more cost effective in northern areas, by Ken Adler.







Automated wood stoves entering the marketplace
Oct. 25, 2016 - There are now half a dozen wood stoves that are fully automated and their benefits are slowly becoming recognized by air quality regulators and others.  The trend is moving faster in Europe.  By John Ackerly.




Old-timey wood stove need to get new-timey if we really want to make use of them
Dec. 9, 2014 - The second Wood Stove Design Challenge in 2014 also focused on automation, by David Brooks of the Nashua Telegraph.