Unplugged Energy Independence

Homeowners Investing in Energy-efficiency

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Mon,Apr 09,2012 @ 02:35 PM

According to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 61% of homeowners say they are unaware of any current tax rebates and/or incentives for energy-efficient home upgrades in their area.

If you are in this category, there are many resources available to help you out.  One of the best we have found is DSIRE.

DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.  Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

With two easy ways to search for incentives in your area, this site is very user-friendly. 

Go to http://www.dsireusa.org/ and use one of the following two options to find incentives in your area:

    1. Click on your state.  A list of incentives for your state will be brought up.

    1. Click on the ‘Search DSIRE’ box and fill in the information that pertains to you and a list of the incentives available will be brought up.


 To find a WoodMaster dealer near you check out our dealer locator.

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9 reasons why we're fired up about the WoodMaster Force 20

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Thu,Oct 13,2011 @ 11:12 AM


WoodMaster Force 20We’re excited to announce the release of a new furnace that fresh off the production line: the WoodMaster Force 20. This compact and efficient furnace is ideal for garages, workshops, homes and more. Here are 9 reasons why we’re fired up about the new Force 20 furnace:

    1. The Force 20 maintains a steady temperature and requires almost zero maintenance.

    1. Ignition is fast—because of its high efficiency Renovator 20kW burner with automatic ignition.

    1. A built-in thermometer allows the burner to be easily adjusted to the desired temperature.

    1. The burner also has an optional automatic air cleaning system, making clean-up a breeze.

    1. The Force 20’s fan starts automatically when the air has reached 140 degrees and provides warm air to the heated area.

    1. The fan is also controlled by a PT100 sensor, which regulates fan speed from 0 to 100 percent.

    1. Chimney connections are easily accessible on the back of the unit.

    1. Warm air can be discharged from either the left or the right side.

    1. For larger heating appliances, the Force 20 furnace can be connected in modular systems.


View the Force 20 in the production line.
Force 20 in production

The WoodMaster Force 20 retails for $5,195.

What features of the new WoodMaster Force 20 are you most excited about?

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EPA: Why it matters to you, Vol. 1

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Wed,Sep 28,2011 @ 11:16 AM

Together let’s keep our resources clean, safeEPA: what’s that?

The EPA has been around for 31 years now, and we’ve all heard it mentioned a time or two, but what is it exactly? Born in 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aimed to “consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection.”

From the start, EPA acted primarily as the nation’s environmental watchdog, ensuring that industries met legal requirements to control pollution. Later, EPA developed theory, tools and practices which allowed them to not only control pollution, but also prevent it from happening.

Today, EPA aims to “make sustainability the next level of environmental protection by drawing on advances in science and technology to protect human health and the environment, and promoting innovative green business practices.”

WoodMaster is EPA-savvy.

For hundreds of years, Americans have burned wood as a primary source of heat. Even though it’s the cleanest way to produce heat, burning wood does still affect the carbon footprint. Through the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association (HPBA), WoodMaster works closely with EPA on new testing standards and with state and local governments on appropriate regulations to encourage cleaner burning outdoor furnaces. WoodMaster and other responsible manufacturers are ensuring furnaces are properly installed to produce clean, safe heat.

Often thought of as a regulatory agency, the EPA enforces legislation pertaining to the American environment. Any potentially pollutant-emitting industry is subject to EPA regulation and inspection, and myriad industries work with the EPA to maintain high environmental standards. At WoodMaster, we fit into this category.

Measures like the Clean Air Act, Burn Wise Program and Outdoor Wood-fired Hydronic Heater Program are all EPA-enforced. WoodMaster products must meet the strict emission standards and offer consumers industry-leading efficiency. So, for us, staying updated on EPA standards and regularly testing products are important.

Picturing the future

Clean air. Clean water. Safe places to live and work. A beautiful natural environment. The EPA works to reduce overall pollution and unsafe practices in the U.S. so that future generations can continue to enjoy these luxuries.

‘EPA: Why it matters to you’ will be a continual series on Unplugged. Our goal is to teach you about the ‘who, what and why’ of EPA, how to make ‘cents’ of all the information out there and help you reach energy independency. 

 Up next: learn what it means to become EPA-Qualified.

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Why buy a high efficiency furnace?

Posted by Todd Strem on Mon,Jul 25,2011 @ 11:21 AM

WoodMaster Flex Fuel 180x300Purchase any outdoor hydronic heater and the earth will thank you. You’ll be saving precious fossil fuels.

However, purchase a high efficiency outdoor hydronic heater, like the WoodMaster Flex Fuel, and your wallet will thank you. Over time, you’ll be saving precious cash.

We’re the first to admit: WoodMaster furnaces are an investment. But sometimes it’s worth it to pay a little more upfront. Investing in a high efficiency, clean burning, Flex Fuel hydronic heater is a smart choice. Here are some of the top advantages of the batch-burn-thermal-storage philosophy of wood burning:

    • Refueling savings. Traditional outdoor hydronic heaters (OHH) efficiencies generally range from 40-64 percent, depending on the manufacturer. According to the European testing method 303-5, WoodMaster’s Flex Fuel furnace earns a rating of over 93 percent efficiency burning stick wood. This means one of two refueling savings: either you’ll spend less time, energy and money in getting your wood or you’ll have less cost in purchasing your wood.

    • Clean(est) burning. Many outdoor hydronic heaters burn wood cleanly, but only one high efficiency furnace burns wood the cleanest, and that’s the WoodMaster Flex Fuel, according to the EPA’s Burn Wise website. With a Flex Fuel furnace, you’re being as eco-friendly as possible.

    • Clean burn = long life. The cleaner the burn, the longer your heater’s lifespan. By monitoring the oxygen level in the emissions, we can adjust the air, giving WoodMaster Flex Fuel's a perfect burn. Eliminating most of the creosote build up helps the high efficiency furnace materials last even longer.

    • More time. With a clean burn, you get a clean machine. With the Flex Fuel, you’ll spend less time cleaning and maintaining your high efficiency furnace. Because of the self-cleaning heat exchangers and no need to rotate ash (because of the complete burn), cleaning out the ash chamber is all you have to worry about. Depending on the demand, it could be once a week or every other.

    • Remote storage. Outdoor hydronic heaters have always had thermal storage; it’s just been built in with the heater. WoodMaster’s innovative Flex Fuel furnace allows you to move the storage to the best and most convenient location. For instance, the Flex Fuel could be in a remote building while the storage is installed in the home. This way, if any heat is lost off the storage tank, it’s really not “lost” at all. The extra heat will serve a purpose by heating your home. As an added bonus, with the remote thermal storage, you can now add solar to assist in your heating needs.

    • Freedom to switch. One of my favorite Flex Fuel features is its ability to switch fuel types anytime. If, for whatever reason, you choose to heat with pellets instead of wood, you can. This is an added flexibility that’s entirely possible with the Flex Fuel high efficiency furnace.


These are just a few of the many wallet-friendly advantages to owning a Flex Fuel high efficiency furnace over a traditional outdoor hydronic heater.

Have you ever spent more upfront on a quality product that eventually saved you money in the long run? Please share your purchase story.

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