The Shrinking Wood Stove/Wood Heat Market

Dan Melcon, industry gadfly and fellow alarmist, discusses the factors contributing to the declining popularity of wood heat and wood stove sales.



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Dan Melcon, by his wood stove in White River Junction, VT, remains devoted to wood heat.
PHOTO: JOSEPH MEHLING
wood stove, wood heat - Dan Melcon with son Jordan
Dan and his son Jordan go over the fine points of firewood.
JOSEPH MEHLING
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Dan Melcon during his interview.
JOSEPH MEHLING
wood stove, wood heat - four wood stoves
Four modern wood stoves from Jotul and Waterford. L to R: Jotul 3CB, Waterford Ashley, Jotul 602, and Waterford 104 MK II. The 3CB costs $1,100 and will heat 1,300 sq. ft., while the 602 costs $600 and heats 800 sq. ft. The Ashley is costly at $1,649 but will heat 11,500 sq. ft. The 104 MK II is more affordable at $595 but heats only 750 sq. ft.
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