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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's Official!

The EPA certification is here

Friday, November 11, 2011

Progress Hybrid Corner Clearance

On Wednesday we completed our corner clearance testing on the Progress Hybrid. With the use of the rear heat shield, the bottom cast corners will need to maintain a 12" the combustible wall.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Progress Hybrid with Front Ash Lip

Below is a digital view of the Progress Hybrid with the front ash lip. The ash lip will be used to reduce front hearth clearances and temperatures.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Progress Hybrid Clearances

Here’s an update on Progress Hybrid clearances:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What makes the Progress a "Hybrid" stove?

This question has been the most commonly fielded questions thus far about our new stove.  Below is an explanation of just what we mean by "hybrid". 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Progress Hybrid Introductory Pricing & Availablilty

We will introduce the Progress Hybrid at our Open House on October 7 & 8, 2011 and then plan to begin shipping during the last week in October. We are offering great introductory pricing-

Friday, August 19, 2011

Progress Hybrid Images & Slow Burn Video

Below are images of the Progress Hybrid woodstove. Note the detail on the front window cast, the loading door (shown here on the right), the legs, and andirons.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE/BBQ/ GALA Friday & Saturday, October 7-8, 2011

Door prizes, Live music, BBQ, Factory tours, Stove deals
Introduction of the PROGRESS, our New Hybrid Woodstove!

Please join us for our annual gathering. Last year we celebrated by burning our mortgage – the last little bit of debt on our books. Click here to view a video of our 2010 Open House. This year we celebrate the introduction of our new woodstove,

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

First "Progress Hybrid" Real Burn

 Internal parts for the new stove are here, and they fit together perfectly - just like a big jig saw puzzle.  Some photos follow for those who are mechanically inclined.  

Thursday, July 14, 2011

New Stove Ash Pan: It's big, it's hot, it doesn't have to be emptied a lot...

The optional ash pan kit for the new stove has the biggest ash pan that we know of - 18”L x 11.5W x 3.65”D - not that a big ash pan is worthy of a lot of bragging rights, but the idea is that it won’t have to be emptied very often. This ash pan would be big enough to roast a Thanksgiving turkey!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Internal combustion "cut away" for the New Stove

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This “cut-away” shows the top of the stove, where the secondary combustion system and combustor are housed.  We bring secondary air in through a stainless steel fireback, rather than “tubes”, because we think it’s a better use of space, and a more durable design.  All of these parts have to be carefully sealed to make burn times, efficiency, and emissions predictable.  Below are a few details that might answer some questions:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Progress on the "Progress Hybrid" Stove


Below are basic dimensions and specifications for the new stove.  Please note that rear flue exit height could change, but minimally.  If you are building a chimney and planning a straight back connection between stove and chimney thimble, please confirm thimble height with our customer service department.

We expect these stoves to begin shipping in the fourth quarter,

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Free Stove Drawing

Mary Jane Walker of Champaign, IL! 
Mary Jane was the winner of our June 17th free stove drawing. Woodstock will be shipping MJ a Fireview Woodstove, her stove of choice!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Design Progress

For those who have been waiting patiently for further details on our new stove, here are a few new images.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Catalytic Comeback

Woodstock is often asked why we use the catalytic combustor technology in our soapstone woodstoves. The article in the February, 2011 issue of "Hearth & Home" magazine provides a relevant look at the long term benefits and evolution of the catalytic combustor. Please read below or click here for the link, Catalytic Comeback.
The article confirms much of what we have been saying for years (catalytic stoves are cleaner and more efficient than non-cats), but it also mentions some additional benefits: First, catalytic stoves perform much better at low burn rates, and second, they are likely better with cold starts because the catalyst ignites more quickly than secondary combustion ignites in a non-catalytic stove.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Designer's Scale Model

To give everyone a better sense of scale, we have a side by side rough comparison of our current Fireview stove and the Designer's Stove Model of the New Stove (both front and side view).

This is not a perfect comparison. As you may notice, the body of the new stove is currently resting on the base of a Keystone/Palladian stove to give it the correct approximate height. The stone effect is simply drawn in with the green/blue colorations and the real legs of the stove will be more substantial than what's shown.

Thanks to feedback on our first few posts, we have incorporated an arched viewing window (see below).

While we will not be using the figure head as an emblem on the stove, this will give you some idea of what we can do with new carving software (and it can be cast!).

For more information about our Progress Hybrid Wood Stove, click here.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Masonry Heater

So, we got a little carried away and ended up with a stove ten times bigger than we planned. Just kidding... but this slide show is the first glimpse of our new stealth project, a soapstone masonry heater, which we just built in concert with our soapstone supplier.

We're working on re-designing the doors (loading door, bake-oven door, and ash door), to make them a little more contemporary. (Excuse the doors in the photos!)

Masonry heaters work on the same principle as our other stoves, which use the thermal mass of the stone to absorb and radiate heat slowly. A masonry heater has serpentine flame and exhaust paths throughout the large stove body, so eventually the whole stone structure is warmed. A morning and evening fire can heat an entire home.

We built our masonry heater on a welded steel pallet so we have the ability to move it in and out of our test booth, and we can't wait to get this monster going. We expect to start selling and installing masonry heaters this spring along with the other new stove we've been promising, which is also coming along quite nicely!