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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WoodMaster provides affordable heating alternative

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Thu,Oct 06,2011 @ 11:15 AM

Choosing a WoodMaster heater is an investment, but it’s a smart one. With the many financing options available, buying and installing an indoor/outdoor WoodMaster furnace can be a very affordable heating alternative.

When you add it all up (purchase + installation), the up-front costs can certainly be intimidating, with amounts from $6,000 up to $20,000+ at times. But think of it as you would buying a home—with the right financing and long-term ROI goals, your monthly payments can be as low as $150 per month.

Always consider the long-term ROI. With the right financing plan in place, WoodMaster can provide a very affordable heating alternative—and even save you lots of money in the future. For example, over the course of 20 years with a WoodMaster furnace, you could return over $150,000. The ROI time will vary depending on the product you invest in, but with WoodMaster you will get a return and the freedom from fossil fuels. Now that’s a very affordable heat source.

When was the last time you got any return on your investment with fossil fuels? That’s what we thought. Affordable heating doesn’t always mean settling for the cheapest product on the market.

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WoodMaster furnace owners share one regret: not switching sooner.

Posted by Todd Strem on Wed,Aug 31,2011 @ 11:17 AM

Christa, Marilyn & Rob Beauchesne of Northern Outdoor Energy SystemsThe larger door. Strong insulation that keeps the heat in. Its ability to turn off the fan if the wood gets low. Sturdy steel throughout. All are reasons why Canadian company Northern Outdoor Energy Systems Ltd. was attracted to WoodMaster furnaces and began selling them in May 2005.

Owners Rob and Marilyn Beauchesne had been in the outdoor furnace business for two years before the WoodMaster furnace features caught their attention. Over the past six years of selling WoodMaster furnaces, the Beauchesne’s business has benefited from happy WoodMaster customers. Marilyn explains, “Our customers are extremely pleased with the performance of the WoodMaster furnace, and as they recommend it to their family and friends, our business grows.”

Like Richard Worley, Marilyn reports the 4400 WoodMaster furnace as their biggest seller. “With its 5,000-square-foot capacity, it can heat a home, shop, domestic water heater and hot tub all at once,” Marilyn explains. “Our customers are happy with the heat it produces and wish they had purchased one years ago!”

After selling over 400 outdoor furnaces, the Beauchesnes feel “extremely confident” in the quality and performance of the WoodMaster furnaces. Proof that customers agree is evidenced by the many trade-ins of other brands brought to the store. WoodMaster furnace owners enjoy steady warmth in their homes and always-hot water, as well as a significant decrease in heating bills.

Many of the Beauchesne’s customers share only one regret, and that is: “We wish we would have done this years ago.”

Have you ever been so happy with a product or service that your only regret was not buying it sooner? What was it?

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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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Welcome, wood masters.

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Tue,Jul 19,2011 @ 11:22 AM

You’re the master of your home. You build, you fix, you do.

This is your chance to unplug.

Take off your work boots and relax for a minute. Here, we’ll share tips and tricks for living independently and heating your home efficiently. We’ll keep you informed on EPA regulations, energy prices, energy efficiency and alternative fuels. We’ll also mix in product comparisons and stories from dealers and WoodMaster enthusiasts.

The purpose of this blog is to provide everything you need to know about heating your home, conserving energy, living independently and saving money at the same time.

We’ll do this work so you can get back to doing your work: the fixing, the building, the doing – because that’s what you’re the master of.

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