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The EPA-Certified CleanFire

Posted by Kelsey Loeffler on Thu,Nov 03,2016 @ 11:35 AM

CleanFire_EPA_FLeft.pngIgnite the Revolution.

Patent-pending design changes heating from the inside out.

Burns hotter. Cleans easier. Lasts longer.

We are excited to announce that our recently released outdoor wood boiler, the CleanFire, is EPA-certified. 

Along with its revolutionary design features, including the dry fire chamber, it is also an ASME certified boiler. ASME certification ensures the use of the highest quality materials and workmanship resulting in a boiler life expectancy of 40+ years.

The WoodMaster CleanFire has many industry leading features and benefits. Three key components of the CleanFire include:

1. Dry Fire Chamber- Patent-pending design. No ceramics. No damaging corrosion. No creosote build-up.

2. ASME Pressurized Vessel- The ASME H stamped boiler keeps oxygen out of the system, preventing corrosion to the water jacket. ASME certification ensures the use of the highest quality materials and workmanship.

3. WoodMaster Control- Designed to protect the components of the CleanFire. Very user friendly.

Watch our Features and Benefits video to learn more about this great product!

Topics: eco-friendly, Wood furnaces, affordable heat, local energy, EPA, outdoor wood heat, renewable fuel, clean burn, home heating, clean energy

Getting gouged by propane prices?

Posted by Kelsey Loeffler on Thu,Jan 30,2014 @ 09:54 AM

alternative heatingGetting gouged by propane prices? If so, you're not alone. Some 14 million Americans who rely on propane have been shelling out more and more to heat their homes while the strong demand has outpaced the already low inventories, energy officials say.

Now is a better time than ever to switch to alternative energy. Free yourself from the rollercoaster of fluctuating fossil fuel prices.

Don't just take our word for it. Here are some recent articles from around the U.S

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Scott Walker declares state of emergency on propane shortage.

Citing another wave of frigid weather bearing down on Wisconsin and dangerously low supplies of propane, Governor Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency. Walker directed all state agencies "to assist as appropriate" in helping residents deal with the propane shortage, which has sent prices soaring and left some users struggling to find a supplier who will provide fuel.

Nearly 250,000 Wisconsin homes heat with propane, many in rural areas not served by natural gas lines.

The shortage — attributed to a colder-than-normal winter, the shutdown of a key supply pipeline earlier in the season and heavy use of propane by farmers to dry grain last fall — has sent prices for many customers well above $5 a gallon. Read the full article here.

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Midwest faces propane emergency as more cold weather moves in.

Millions of residents in the Midwest and Northeast who rely on propane to heat their homes are facing a severe shortage and spiking prices as another wave of freezing weather heads east. Now, states across the region are deploying emergency resources as a result.

Blame for the propane shortage lies with the wetter-than-usual fall, which meant that farmers used more propane than usual to dry corn crops; an unusually cold winter; and a temporary shutdown of a major pipeline for maintenance this year.

As a result, propane prices are setting new records. The average price of a gallon of residential propane for the week ending Jan. 20 hit $2.96, according to the Energy Information Administration, up 60 cents from mid-October, the highest price ever recorded by the agency. Prices in the Midwest are even higher; on Friday, prices ended at $4.30 a gallon in the Midwest, down from a peak of about $5 a gallon. Read full article here.

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Propane shortage slams farmers.

A propane squeeze caused by January’s bitter cold has put the hurt on Minnesota’s livestock industry, as farmers scramble to find costly fuel to keep their animals warm.

Some turkey growers are being told by suppliers that the propane spigot might get turned off if the cold keeps up over the next week.

Shortage worries are particularly acute in the ­turkey industry, and Minnesota is the nation’s leading turkey-producing state, with about 250 growers.

Fuel suppliers have told some farmers that they have “five days left of propane,” said Steve Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. “The big concern is availability.”

Farmers — along with propane users of all stripes — are paying huge premiums for the fuel these days. Wholesale spot prices in Minnesota have gone from about $3.75 per gallon a few days ago to just south of $5 a gallon. Last fall, the propane price was $1.55 per gallon, and most of the run-up since then has occurred this month. Read full article here.

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U.S. propane shortage hits millions during brutal freeze.

Millions of Americans are feeling the pinch of a propane shortage this week as brutal cold exposes the supply vulnerabilities of a fuel that heats homes, schools and businesses across wide swathes of the United States.

Prices of the fuel, a liquefied petroleum gas, have rocketed to all-time highs in Midwestern states, distributors are rationing supplies, and some schools have shut due to a lack of the fuel during this year's second bout of Arctic weather.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued emergency orders suspending the limits on the amount of time truck drivers can spend on the road for 10 Midwestern states and 12 Northeastern states, a rare regional order. Read full article here.

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Prolonged cold blast worsens propane shortage across Midwest.

America’s chronic cold is creating a significant propane shortage across the Midwest — leading Wisconsin to become the latest state to declare an energy emergency in advance of more arctic air blasting eastward this week.

Some 14 million Americans who rely on that type of fuel have been shelling out more and more to heat their homes while the strong demand has outpaced the already-low inventories, energy officials say.

Twenty-four states, including Ohio, Illinois and Alabama, have already declared energy emergencies — which helps to loosen transportation rules so that out-of-state truckers can drive longer hours to make needed propane deliveries. Read full article here.

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Now is a great time to research alternative heating products. Take the time to learn about the products available to you and the changes the EPA will be making to the wood burning industry.

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How WoodMaster helps customers heat in style

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Fri,Feb 10,2012 @ 02:49 PM

Eric Brannon, owner of Lawn Masters & MoreEric Brannon has been selling firewood for 15 years, but it wasn’t until spring 2011 that he began selling WoodMaster stoves. His reasoning for becoming a dealer? Good ol‘ competition.

“There’s only one person in the area who sells wood furnaces, and I decided he needed a little bit of competition,” says Eric, founder and owner of Lawn Masters & More in Athens, Ohio.

Lawn Masters & More is a contracting and construction landscape business, but they also distribute firewood, which Eric uses to supplement his income during the winter months. Selling wood stoves is a natural fit to accompany Eric’s firewood distribution, and the business the stoves bring in have helped further bridge gaps in his income.

Eric is currently selling all the WoodMaster outdoor wood burning furnaces, and his best-selling stove is the WoodMaster 4400. He has sold six in less than a year and says every customer has been pleased with their stove’s natural energy and ability to lower heating costs.

Eric runs his business on the tenet that home landscaping is an expression of your personal style, which is one of the reasons he said he chose to sell WoodMaster.

“The unit is pretty refined in looks, compared to others in the market,” says Eric. “If you are going to burn firewood for your main source of heat, then WoodMaster is a no-brainer for both energy efficiency and aesthetics.”

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Why we are not the only ones burning wood

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Tue,Jan 31,2012 @ 02:51 PM

WoodMaster knows wood is an energy-efficient fuel source that can lower your heating costs.

But don't just take our word for it.

Derrick Bender, agricultural and natural resources educator at the University of Maryland Extension, is in the midst of a case study comparing the use of wood, wind and sun as alternative energy sources. In a recent article in the Cumberland Times, Bender said his in-progress case study has revealed a wood stove is the best investment of the three, hands-down.

If you’re looking to save both money and energy, the most reliable, renewable and affordable fuel may be in your own backyard.

Topics: wood stove, Wood furnaces, reliable fuel, affordable fuel, energy-efficient fuel, woodmaster, high efficiency furnace, Flex Fuel, renewable fuel, alternative energy, wood master, lower heating costs

Heating oil prices to spike in Northeast this winter

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Fri,Dec 02,2011 @ 10:51 AM

December already? Heat is a big deal this time of year, and according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), it’s likely to be quite expensive as well.

Oil prices have continued to increase in the Northeast, even more so than previous years. This year’s 33-cent price jump brings the cost of oil to $3.71/gallon.
Winter heating oil and natural gas Northeast Residential prices

Many consumers are thinking the same thing and primarily switching to gas. But switching from oil to gas doesn’t solve the underlying problem—prices are skyrocketing because we’re depending on limited, nonrenewable resources, where the price is controlled by someone other than us.

Currently, only four percent of the Northeast’s thermal energy comes from renewable, American-grown resources, like wood. Why such a low number?

Clearly there’s room and reason for change. WoodMaster has implemented some ways to help lower the cost of making the switch. Read about WoodMaster’s surprising affordability. Individual states are also offering many incentive programs for renewable heating, further helping to lower the cost of change.

An added benefit of growing the wood thermal heat market in the Northeast is the creation of new jobs. The Biomass Thermal Energy Council estimates over 140,000 jobs could be created as a result of a 25% penetration in the Northeast.

Steadily increasing oil and gas prices will eventually force everyone to make the switch to alternative, renewable energy sources. Why not stay ahead of the curve, enjoy some serious ROI on your heating investment and become energy independent now?

Topics: Wood furnaces, alternative energy sources, rising cost of thermal energy, rising cost of fossil fuels, expensive heating fuel, inexpensive wood heating, woodmaster, Pellet furnaces, Flex Fuel, renewable energy, wood master, energy independence

Buy local (energy included)

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Wed,Nov 09,2011 @ 10:52 AM

The holidays are just around the corner. Do you typically buy your holiday presents from local vendors? Do you care if a product is made in your community, state or country?

Many people do.

Why is it that we often look down on consumer products made overseas, while we don’t think twice about purchasing fossil fuels from across the world?

Local energy is possible.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 57 percent of U.S. oil is imported. Importing foreign oil negatively affects our economy, security and environment.

Shipping in oil from the Middle East is not our only option. Alternative residential heating sources, such as wood burning, exist.

Wood can come from your local community—or even from your own backyard. By fueling with local wood, you’re not only preventing sending money overseas, but also contributing to your local economy. This giving back propels local industry, jobs and economic stimulus.

Local energy can be affordable.

Heating with wood is a wise choice with excellent ROI. However, we realize the upfront costs of switching to wood may be too much for lower income families. That’s why we offer incentives, like cash back and financing plans. By switching to an independent energy source, low-income families may no longer need assistance with purchasing expensive fossil fuels.

Unfortunately, sometimes incentives and financing plans aren’t enough to help families with very low incomes change to wood heating. This is where we need governmental policies in place. Partially funded by the US Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC), the year-long study Transforming Wood Heat in America: A Toolkit of Policy Options explores the existing and potential policy options for incentivizing more efficient and clean burning residential wood heat.

The goal of the study was to discover ways for Americans of all socio-economic groups to use wood heat and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. John Ackerly and Tatiana Butler of the Alliance for Green Heat co-wrote the report.

Wood is the resource that has always been here, always will be here, and is truly sustainable, dependable and local.

Topics: Wood furnaces, wood heat, expensive fossil fuels, alliance for green heat, affordable heat, affordable heating source, U.S. energy administration, residential wood heat, local energy, woodmaster, Flex Fuel, wood master

Oil prices continue to rise in Northeast, pricey winter projected

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Tue,Oct 25,2011 @ 10:55 AM

From 2003 to 2010, the cost of heating oil in the Northeast Census Region has more than doubled, from $1.45 to $3.38 per gallon. And 2011 doesn’t look any less expensive, with a record-breaking $3.71 per gallon, as projected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Oil prices continue to rise in Northeast, pricey winter projectedIf that’s not enough to make you invest in some serious blankets and footed PJs, get this: residential heating oil prices are expected to set a new record this winter, averaging $26.77 per million BTUs, an increase of 10 percent over last winter!

Natural gas isn’t far behind, with an anticipated five percent increase from last winter’s costs.

Why the steady rise?

Heating oil prices largely reflect crude oil prices. For example, the average cost of crude oil to U.S. refiners increased from an average of $24 per barrel in 2003 to $99 per barrel in 2011. Depending on others for our fuel gives us no say in the price.

How to avoid expensive winters

Well, we have a simple solution: use an alternative heat source that doesn’t require fossil fuels to run. WoodMaster wood furnaces are an investment, but they pay for themselves in a matter of years. You’ll be doing the earth—and your wallet—a favor.

Interested in saving fuel dollars this winter? Purchase a WoodMaster Flex Fuel Furnace by the end of November and receive a $2,000 rebate! Let’s talk.

Topics: Wood furnaces, expensive winter heat, affordability of wood heating, independent heating option, rising heating fuel cost, affordability, inexpensive heating option, woodmaster, high efficiency furnace, Flex Fuel, wood master, energy independence

Wood heating is hot again

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Tue,Oct 18,2011 @ 11:10 AM

As oil costs continue to climb, people continue to seek alternative home heating options. According to the recently released US Census figures, wood home heating is growing the fastest.

Between 2000 and 2010, wood heating grew by 34%, beating electricity by 10%.

Michigan and Connecticut lead the way, with increases of 135% and 122%, respectively. (These percentages reflect households using wood as a primary heat source.) Six other states increased wood heating by more than 90%: New Hampshire (99%), Massachusetts (99%), Maine (96%), Rhode Island (96%), Ohio (95%) and Nevada (91%). 
Rural phenomenon

Not surprisingly, wood heating’s rapid rise is taking place in the country. According to the US Census, 57% of households who primarily heat with wood live in rural areas, another 40% in suburban areas and only 3% in urban areas.

Average Joe’s making the switch

We’ve mentioned before how affordable wood heating can be. The census data supports this claim: low and middle-income households are much more likely to use wood as a primary heating fuel. Residential wood heat accounts for 80% of residential renewable energy. 

Wood is good

President of the Alliance for Green Heat, a non-profit organization based in Maryland, John Ackerly explains, “The rise of wood heat is good news for offsetting fossil fuels, achieving energy independence, creating jobs and helping families affordably heat their homes.”

Over the last decade, households using fossil fuels as their heat source have significantly declined: propane dropped 16% and oil 21%. Those who switched to wood cut their home heating bills by half or more.

Home fuel rankings

Considering both primary and secondary heating fuel, wood now ranks third in fuels used, following gas and electricity. When only primary heat is considered, wood ranks fifth, after oil and propane as well.

As of 2010, 2.1% of American homes, or 2,382,737 households, use wood as a primary heat source. That’s up from 1.6% in 2000.

Have you switched to wood as your home’s primary heat source? What fueled your decision to switch?

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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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