Benjamin Franklin may be known for discovering electricity but his principles remain a benchmark for wood stoves today.
Benjamin Franklin famously invented bifocals and discovered electricity, but less known is his hand in the creation of the modern wood stove. In a time before gas and electric heat, Franklin sought a better stove, one that allowed homeowners to see and feel heat without inhaling harmful smoke. His desire drove him to develop the Franklin stove, a metal-lined fireplace featuring an open front that heated rooms more efficiently and reduced smoke exhaust. Franklin’s principles remain a benchmark for stoves today.
Stoves have kept homes warm for centuries, but today's version bears little resemblance to its predecessors.
Nowhere was this more evident than in the technology and designs on display at the Wood Stove Design Challenge. Organized by the Alliance for Green Heat on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the five day event was dedicated to showcasing the innovation, beauty, and efficiency of modern wood stoves and discussing the future of the industry through a series of panel discussions.