Stove Teams

Updated: December 2017

The following teams filled out the letter of interest form, indicating their interest in becoming a finalist in the 2018 Wood Stove Design Challenge. The Organizing Committee selected these eight stoves for the initial round of finalists. More will be selected in early 2018.

New Design Challenge Applications


Institution: Cygnoides Smart Energy Tech. Co.
Location: China
Category: thermoelectric, automated
Team Leader: Min Chen

Stove: R3D3
Cygnoides Smart Energy Tech. Co., is focused on the thermoelectric generation systems to be used in the domestic and industrial stoves, where heat and power can be produced simultaneously in a more efficient manner. Our thermoelectric stoves are maintenance free, upgradable, easy to install, and plug and play. The produced electricity can be used to reduce the fuel consumption and operating expenses, i.e., an improved profitability for our customers. By using wireless sensor networks, our stoves can perform the self-check, self-healing, as well as the risk and temperature monitoring, aiming for low-cost/short payback turnkey waste-heat recovery solutions of the context-aware distributed generation and energy internet.


Institution: University of California Riverside
Location: California, US
Category: thermoelectric
Team Leader: Venkatadriagaram Sundararajan
Other Team Members: Eddy Ayala, Qiyang Sun, Carlos Nunez, James Lawman

Initial Round of Finalists


Company: MF Fire
Location: Maryland, US
Category: automated
Team Leader: Taylor Myers

Stove: X
A highly automated stove making use of machine learning and novel combustion techniques to deliver a clean and unique fire.


Company: Aprovecho Research Center
Location: Oregon, US
Team Leader: Dean Still

Stove: Downdraft Rocket
Designed for heating and cooking in the developing world, this stove uses an improved, low cost TEG to produce 5 watts of power for lighting and charging cellphones. The combustion chamber, catalytic converter, and chimney lower emissions in an attempt to protect the health of biomass users.


Company: Wittus-Fire by Design and HE Energy
Location: New York, US
Category: thermoelectric
Team Leader: Niels Wittus
Other Team Members: Alyce Wittus, Patti Boker Elkon, Sandra Lena, Gail Jankus

Stove: E-Stove
The E-Stove was designed by German company HE Energy GmbH. The e-stove is a living-room-based combined heat and power unit developed for the production of electricity, heat and hot water. An essential element of this new product is the use of thermoelectric generators (TEG), which allows the direct conversion of thermal energy from the wood fire into electric energy.The current yield of 250-watts can cover the basic energy required by pumps and controls for the heating of buildings, hot water, LED home lighting and mobile devices.

KIWI 2.1 VcV

Company: VcV/ Flamekeepers/ Kiwi Stove Company
Location: New Zealand
Category: automated
Team Leader: Brian Gauld
Other Team Members: Eric Schaefer

Stove: Kiwi 2.1 VcV
The Kiwi 2,1 VcV hybrid stove is the first stove certified by the US EPA based upon test results obtained when cord wood was used as the test fuel. The weighted average emission rate was 1.3 g/h and that includes the emissions from a cold start high burn. The overall weighted average efficiency was 77.2%. The Kiwi 2.1 is equipped with the variable choke venturi (VcV) combustion air flow control technology that enhances both emissions reduction and increases overall efficiency. The VcV technology is also very consumer friendly in that a stove can be set to the Low burn setting right after a fuel load is added but the Primary VcV will not close until the stove has achieved a sustainable Low burn operating temperatures.


Institution: Stony Brook University
Location: New York, US
Category: automated
Team Leader: Jake Lindberg
Other Team Members: Aristidis Mihalos and Kevin Riegel

Stove: Lumburnator
The Lumburnator is a research project being undertaken by the Materials Science and Chemical Engineering Department at Stony Brook University, with the aim of building an exceedingly efficient wood burning stove. The Lumburnator is a test stove built symmetrically to operate in either updraft or downdraft configuration. It features a novel firebox design coupled with an electronically controlled air-flow system and exhaust remediation technology.


Institution: Maine Energy Systems
Location: Maine, US
Category: thermoelectric
Team Leader: Dutch Dresser
Other Team Members: BJ Otten

Stove: Condens-E
Condensing microCHP pellet boiler.

The Continental

The Continental
Institution: The George Washington University
Location: Washington, D.C.
Category: thermoelectric
Team Leader: Alexus Camero
Other Team Members: Connor Itani, Yon Taek Chung, Karandeep Singh

Stove: The Barrel Burner
The overall design will consist of a cylindrical combustion chamber with an additional chamber to reduce the moisture content of the wood fuel before placed into the combustion chamber. The stove will be equipped with air flow and chemical sensors placed in strategic locations. These signals would be used to determine the excess air levels required to improve the combustion process for a specific phase.