In November 2013, Chimney Safety Institute of America Certified Chimney Sweeps gathered in Washington, D.C. to provide venting and expertise in support of the Alliance for Green Heat Wood Stove Decathlon, a competition to showcase the high-tech future of solid-fuel heating.

It was a rewarding event (see the link for our story). Chimney sweeping is an industry with centuries-old roots — sweeps are modern in their approach to supporting innovative home-heating solutions, particularly when they revolve around a proven and longstanding tradition — wood burning.

Fast-forward to 2014.

From Nov. 4-7, seven teams of innovators are gathering at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) to put their automated wood stoves through a battery of tests to measure their potential to reduce particulates and increase efficiency.

CSIA Board Member John Pilger, also of Chief Chimney Services, is in charge of installing the stove connecting pipes and will be in attendance. 

“CSIA supports this effort because burning wood is a great source of alternative energy. And if you want a wood stove that works optimally, you’ve got to have the venting system also functioning optimally,” Pilger said.

Team leaders will show stoves that feature oxygen sensors, thermocouples, onboard computers, and some brand new innovation. Three of the stoves are made in America, two from Europe, one a Chinese/American collaboration and one from New Zealand, according to Alliance for Green Heat. 

(Our friends at Olympia Chimney also are getting kudos for donating stove pipe and installation materials.)

Note: The Alliance For Green Heat is hosting a free, 1-hour webinar [register here] to show what the seven teams are trying to accomplish – including tips on how to get their wood stove to burn just right, through the night, without any smoke.