The Next Generation Wood Stove Design Challenge is now underway! The Challenge seeks to promote next generation stove designs, build a community of innovators and showcase stove innovation to the public.
The Design Challenge will culminate in a Wood Stove Decathlon, modeled after the Solar Decathlon, which will take place on the National Mall in November 2013. The Challenge grew from discussions between the Alliance for Green Heat and editors at Popular Mechanics magazine who believe innovation can overcome some of the problems inherent in the wood stove and that a “smart” wood stove may be on the horizon.
Among the 14 designs are stoves controlled by microprocessors and connected to smartphones, as well as ultra-efficient stoves based on 17th century Scandinavian designs and several state-of-the-art hybrid stoves that are already on the market. Six are from Europe.
A fireplace is an architectural structure designed to contain a fire for heating. Over time the design of fireplaces has changed from necessity to visual interest. To put it simply, they make a fashion statement along with the interior design. I’m sure if you ask any homeowner they will opt in for a unique fireplace rather than ugly rectangle one (no offence if you currently have one). Listed below are thirty stunning fireplace and fire pit designs that might make you rethink your living room. Enjoy!
My biggest questions is how well many of the glass designs hold up to the heat and smoke of fire, and how well they hold up over time. Still, these all look great.
Autumn is in full swing and everyone’s thoughts turn to outdoor fireplaces. haha.
Here’s another nice photo journal on outdoor fireplaces from Midwest Living. They show design options for 25 different categories and styles, and there they have some really creative outdoor living space design ideas. Gets your imagination going.
Here’s a nice outdoor fireplace photo journal on Bob Vila Nation. There are some real beauties in there, and their intro paragraph is really good.
“The smell of leaves burning is one of those signature scents of the fall season, isn’t it? Fall is wonderful in that it still lends itself to outdoor activities, but sometimes you need a little something to keep the chill at bay. Warm cider. A cozy wool blanket. An outdoor fire. All of the above? Who can resist?”
I stumbled across the Gawker universe yesterday, and thought I would pass it along. In their own words:
foodgawker is a photo gallery that allows you to visually search and discover new recipes, techniques and ingredients to inspire your culinary adventures. we publish food photography submitted by food bloggers from around the world. our editors review hundreds of submissions daily and choose the highest quality, most appealing images to showcase.
Houzz is an online community that brings together homeowners and design and remodeling professional. Among other things they have a large number of photos for inspiration — including quite a few outdoor fireplaces.
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