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A novel woodburning stove

Smoke not only gets in your eyes; it is wasted heat. At least since Benjamin Franklin observed the phenomenon, owners of woodburning stoves have been trying to prevent all that expensive warmth from going up the chimney. Now a small Vermont company offers a modern solution: a fireplace-stove that uses a catalytic converter, similar to those found in emission-controlled cars, to re-burn the smoke and gases. The Shelburne Catalytic converter is 2 in. high, 8 in. in diameter and perforated like a honeycomb. It is coated with palladium, causing a chemical reaction that ignites the wood gases at...

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