Updated October 6th, 2017

The 2018 Wood Stove Design Challenge is made possible by the financial and in-kind resources of stakeholders who are passionate about innovation and modernization in residential wood heating and thermoelectric power generation.  We are a community brought together in search of more efficient, affordable and cleaner renewable wood energy. Our community includes government agencies, foundations, industries and non-profits who have very hands-on involvement with the vision, planning and execution of the Stove Challenge.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Challenge, please let us know here, or contact John Ackerly at or 301-204-9562.

Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO), Department of Energy

The DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office awarded a $125,000 grant for the 2018 Stove Challenge, of which $100,000 is for grants to teams. BETO establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop and demonstrate technologies for producing cost-competitive bioenergy.

New York State Energy and Development Administration (NYSERDA)

NYSERDA has been a core partner and funder of the Wood Stove Design Challenges in 2013, 2014 and 2016.  NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation whose aim is to help New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment. Its Renewable Heat NYis a national leader in utilization of biomass for heating.

The Osprey Foundation

The Osprey Foundation has also been a core partner and funder of the Wood Stove Design Challenge and has pledged funding for 2017 and 2018.  The Osprey Foundation is a small family foundation that strives to empower individuals and communities through education, health, economic opportunity and human rights in a sustainable way.

The US Forest Service, US Department of Agriculture

The US Forest Service has been very active in the Wood Stove Design Challenge, through both its headquarters in Washington DC and the Forest Products Lab in Madison WI.  The Forest Service’s goal to increase the amount of America's energy that comes from forests requires coordination to improve the use of woody biomass in tandem with forest management activities on public and private lands.

Masonry Heater Association

The Masonry Heater Association (MHA) has been one of the top in-kind sponsors of all of the Stove Challenges by providing stove testing support and expertise.  MHA is an association of builders, manufacturers and retailers of masonry heaters that sponsors research and development and helps shape regulations, standards and codes.

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)

HPBA has been a long-time supporter and partner of EPA and local governments in promoting use of cleaner-burning appliances. HPBA and its members have made significant contributions in the development of a new cordwood test method for woodstoves. HPBA is the North American trade association for manufacturers and retailers of indoor and outdoor solid fuel-burning appliances such as wood and pellet stoves, hydronic heaters, and wood furnaces.

Myren Labs

Myren Labs has also been a top in-kind sponsor of the Design Challenge by providing stove testing and fuel loading support and expertise.   Based on Coleville, Washington, Myren Labs is one of the labs accredited by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct wood stove certification tests.

Schott Robax Glass

Schott Robax company has been a generous sponsor of the 2013 and 2018 event and also provided free tempered glass to teams competing in the Challenge.  ROBAX® Energy Plus is the first glass-ceramic fire panel with a heat reflecting coating, reflecting some of the heat radiation back into the combustion chamber.