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Friday, August 30, 2013

Under the Hood 2: Catalyst Bypass

The catalyst bypass lever has to be lifted before the front loading door can be opened, otherwise the door cannot be opened more than a few inches.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

More Info on Beta-Testing

 Thanks to everyone who offered to be a beta tester!  We are moderately swamped.  Initially we will keep the stoves close to home (NE/Eastern NY).  Our focus is on testing under different draft conditions (and both top and rear exits) to focus on front window cleanness,  smoke-free loading, and ease of operation.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Under the Hood

The Steal Hybrid has a firebox design with both a catalytic combustor and secondary combustion. We’ve been testing it all winter, and are pleased with both efficiency and emissions results (more on that later). The test units don’t look like much, but we have been more interested in performance than looks.

Friday, August 23, 2013

BBB rates wood stove manufacturers!

We link below to an article in the Alliance for Green Heat about BBB ratings of wood stove manufacturers.  We are proud of our record of no complaints!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No, it's a STEAL!

When we entered the Alliance for Green Heat Woodstove Design Contest, we  (naively) thought we had to design something new to enter.  We didn’t realize that we could enter our (relatively new) Progress Stove which was, after all, the first hybrid stove sold in the US.  So we went about designing a NEW stove