The Wood Stove Decathlon

The Challenge will culminate in a Wood Stove Decathlon showcasing the finalists for the public, policymakers and the renewable energy community. At the Decathlon, the judges will give scores to each stove and select the winners. The Decathlon will be held in November 2013 on the National Mall in Washington, DC.


The Challenge is open to any company, university, individual or entity from any country (except for accredited wood stove test labs). Teams representing partnerships between universities and stove manufacturers are encouraged.

All stoves entered into the Challenge must have a firebox that is at least 1.5 cubic feet. The reason behind this is that we want stoves that can be the primary heat source for at least a 1,500 square foot home.


The Grand Prize winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize. Between 2 and 5 second place prizes will share a $10,000 pot. Second place awards will be based primarily on one of the following attributes: Innovation, Emissions, Efficiency, Affordability and Most Consumer Friendly.

The winning stoves will receive extensive publicity, and Popular Mechanics, who helped design the Challenge, will cover the winning designs in its magazine and website.

The competition launched this February already has 9 Teams, 4 potential team sponsors, 7 Judges and 9 institutional sponsors signed up. So far, we have Teams hailing from all over the world, including the Northeast and Pacific Northwest, Denmark, India and Columbia.

Check out the Teams page on the Challenge website to read about some of the projects that will be entered and consider lending your support.

Rules and Application Forms

For rules, application forms and information about judging and testing please go to:

Applications are due in by December 20, 2012.