Business: Glowing Future for Forest Power

New England gets fired up over an ancient fuel

The surging price of heating oil is bad news for most homeowners, but not for Walt Schneider of Cannondale, Conn. Schneider's business is selling wood-burning stoves and fireplace accessories. Every time OPEC tacks yet another increase onto the price of a barrel of imported oil, fresh waves of Schneider's neighbors come streaming into his shop in search of a solution to their overheated bills.

In the past five years the long dormant wood-stove industry has been fanned back to life by the energy crisis, and nowhere...

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