Dusty Henderson had no experience in bringing an innovative product to market, but when he saw a chance to do so, he took it.

After running through rounds of testing and receiving a patent, the 509-1 Optimum vertical-burning stove became available to consumers in January of this year.

Henderson says the company has sold 67 stoves this year. Stoves are priced at between $3,300 and $3,800 each, which puts stove sales for this year at between $221,000 and $254,000.

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