I've read through some posts about using thermoelectric generators for "the big stuff..." but it seems that it isn't necessarily cost effective or efficient in the end. Still, it is something I think will continue to improve over time.
In our small store, we've been playing with a new-fangled contraption that we really love & so we've started selling it; but it only charges the "small stuff." It's a thermoelectric generator in the form of a lantern that sits on your woodstove. It's a lantern, a stove fan, and can power things like your phone, laptop, etc.
I shipped one out to someone who wasn't able to get it to work without the solar charger because, as it turns out, she has a double-walled stove. I spoke to the company and found out that it's far more common on European designed stoves--not terribly common with American ones.
So here's question #1: for those who have woodstoves, do you KNOW if you have a double-walled one or not, did you research it before purchase, & if so, why did you go with what you've got?
And, question #2: Who on here has personal experience with thermoelectric generators? Mine is limited to the Stove Lite Pro (the lantern we sell). My experience so far (apart from someone having a double-walled stove), has been fantastic in use & product quality.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Okay--for the life of me I can't figure out how to hyperlink so just in case someone wanted to see what I'm talking about, it's here: http://pantryparatus.com/product/stove-lite-pro/