In this week's New Yorker, Burkhard Bilger writes about Peter Scott's efforts to build the perfect stove. "In the small but fanatical world of stovemakers, [Peter Scott] is something of a celebrity," Bilger explains. Scott's goal, in cooperation with other stovemakers, is this: "How do you build cheap, durable, clean-burning stoves for three billion people?" The last time the New Yorker wrote about stoves, it was a 2002 piece on the popularity of the Viking: "The Viking range symbolizes its owner's intention to have, one day, the family life that is supposed to go with it." We are now in the throes of recession stove coverage.
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