The guide-up to most huge functions is entire of organizing, fundraising and trying to foresee the sudden.  The value for running the Wooden Stove Decathlon alone is daunting: this occasion would price north of $ 250,000 in challenging expenses – not like salaries of personnel – but the generosity of so numerous in and outside the house of the wood stove market is bringing the hard expenses down to about $ 100,000.  We will publish the comprehensive budget, but we also wanted to explain what is going on behind the scenes with the teams, tests, reveals, VIPs and panels.
The DOE organizers of the Solar Decathlon warned us that the first time trying to stage a opposition like this is by much the hardest.  Soon after all, as far as we know, the Decathlon is the very first such wooden stove competitiveness because the time of Benjamin Franklin.  We really don’t know however if there will be a next Wooden Stove Decathlon.  That is dependent in element on you and the opinions we get afterwards. (You will get a survey.)
: At the core of the Wooden Stove Decathlon is the tests of thirteen quite various wood stoves.  These stoves have been selected, from a pool of nearly fifty patterns, as finalists of the Next Era Wood Stove Style Problem, a 12 months-prolonged, international opposition.  The results of the screening will be publicly posted each working day in the tent and on our website.
One particular of the most significant strengths of the Decathlon has been the judges
who have donated hundreds of hrs of time to ensure that the principles and testing is correct and reasonable. Screening is being done primarily by Tom Butcher and Rebecca Trojanowski from DOE Brookhaven Nationwide Lab (for a lot more about the screening approach, click on here.)  The genuine problem at the Decathlon will be tests so several stoves a number of times in a time period of five times.  We can’t manage to skip a single day due to defective gear so we are heading to have back-ups for key devices.
Fair and exact testing of the stoves’ particulate emissions is by much the most intricate challenge of the Decathlon.  And, it would be the most costly facet of the Obstacle if we experienced to pay out industry charges for it.
Luckily, we do not.
The Judges will be utilizing recently unveiled tools on mortgage from Wohler
and Testo cellular particulate analyzers – produced by competing German firms – to check the stoves to exacting German expectations.  Through a grant from NYSERDA
, the Alliance for Eco-friendly Heat is masking $ twenty five,000 in expenditures by DOE Brookhaven Countrywide Lab to examination and calibrate the particulate analyzers.
For the organizers, the Decathlon will begin on Monday the 10th
when the tent is set up on the Countrywide Mall.  The tent, generator, lights, and so on. is the most significant single expenditure at $ 36,000.  We are employing Tents LLC for the vast majority of our logistical needs as they are a quite seasoned firm who’ve frequently labored with the Countrywide Park Provider and are very acquainted with the extensive policies and rules that come with hosting an function in the shadow of the Washington monument.
On Tuesday, the groups and their stoves will begin to get there.  By Wednesday, all the stoves will have arrived.  The problem below is setting up thirteen stoves in only two days, and making sure that we have all the appropriate gear.  Even one trip to the components shop will slow us down considerably.  The set up method would have been really expensive but for the generosity of ICC Chimney
who is overseeing installation and donating all the chimney pipe.  Chimney Protection Institute of The us
skilled chimney sweeps are generously donating the expert labor to do the installations.  And, Hearth Classics
is donating the fireplace pads, a essential piece of every secure stove set up.  Lastly, two cords of seasoned wooden, donated by Chris Holmgren at Seneca Creek Joinery
, will be sent and stacked in a firewood space prior to tests.
:  After a lot debate, the judges determined to use twine wooden to test the stoves to best simulate their performance by customers and to test making use of a cordwood tests protocol, which is at present not used by the EPA.  Ben Myren, who has operate a single of the EPA accredited wood stove take a look at labs for decades is in demand of fueling and geared up a draft fueling protocol for the judges.  Ben is generously donating all of his time to be component of this special and educational occasion.  The fueling protocol will undergo even more testing at Brookhaven Nationwide Lab prior to the Decathlon.
: There are about fifteen exhibit areas for firms and organizations to showcase innovative merchandise, suggestions and companies.  This is not a trade display, and whilst show space is becoming obtained, no revenue, solicitations or any other business action is authorized to take place at the event (for every Nationwide Park Support Policies and Regulations).  You will see some really thrilling new gear, tasks and elements
The Speaker Area:
We are hosting 25 panel conversations
on a vast selection of concerns associated to innovative stove layout, reducing edge policy discussions and schooling for home owners.  The panels will be an hour in length, and begin all around 10am and conclude around 4pm working from Saturday via Tuesday.  Speakers
include partners, exhibitors, judges, teams and experts who will participate in panel conversations about subject areas this sort of as the sustainability of biomass, the potential of wooden stove technologies and innovation in stove design and style.  Weekend panels tend to be more common and designed for home owners and buyers.  Panels on Monday and Tuesday are a lot more specialised, and made for a plan, industry and skilled viewers.
: We are extending invites to Secretary amount officials, some of whom have indicated an fascination. One particular member of Congress has currently acknowledged to communicate at the Awards Ceremony and several a lot more are taking into consideration it, and we are nonetheless receiving our invitations out.  We are also reaching out to about a dozen Ambassadors from nations in which wood heating is quite well-known. Please invite your member of Congress to attend.  You can get a sample letter and suggestions to make contact with your reps here
Schooling, Door Prizes, and so on.
: The whole Decathlon is about education and learning, and we are privileged to have Well-known Mechanics as one of the founding companions of the Style Obstacle.  They are web hosting People’s Decision Award
exactly where you can vote for what you feel is the most innovative style.  There will also be doorway prizes, quizzes to check your wood warmth IQ, and ideally even an appearance by Smokey the Bear
, many thanks to our partners at the US Forest Support.