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Fire Up The Grill- May is National Barbecue Month!

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Thu,May 24,2012 @ 02:30 PM

Outdoor barbecuing is an American tradition.  Who doesn't have fond memories of summer evenings spent grilling burgers or roasting a hotdog over a campfire?

Here are the top three reasons why people love grilling, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Assocation and M & I.

1. It's affordable- Consider this, the average price of a 16-oz ribeye steak and baked potato at a moderately priced restuarant runs about $25. When grilling at home, you could spend that same amount of money and feed at least two people.  So, scope out the weekly newspaper for meat sales at your local market!

2. It's convenient- With the warm temperatures of the summer, the last thing you want to do is add to the temperature of your house by turning on the oven.  Make cleaning up easier by keeping most of the mess outside.

3. It's a great way to spend time with family and friends- Lets face it, barbecuing is a social event.  It gives you the opportunity to kick back with friends and family.

Whether your choice is burgers, shrimp or zucchini; firing up the grill is a great way to take advantage of one of America's favorite pastimes!

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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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Do your homework before you buy.

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Wed,Mar 21,2012 @ 02:38 PM

Thinking about buying an outdoor or indoor alternative fuel furnace? Before buying, do
your homework.

Calling around to different dealers in your area is always a good start.  However, if
you’re more interested in what actual owners of these furnaces have to say, check out some forums. Here are a few popular ones where you can find a lot of useful information:

Hearth.com
There are many different categories, a few with good wood stove information are The Boiler Room and The Hearth Room.

Forestry Forum
The best category on this board is Firewood and Wood Heating. You’ll be able to read a lot about what people think of the different brands out there.

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

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How one WoodMaster dealer helps people get off the grid...for good

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Tue,Feb 28,2012 @ 02:45 PM


describe the imageMarc Spinale’s first venture with alternative energy began when he constructed his own solar panel at just seven years old.

Now, he’s started Grid be Gone, a company that sells products to help people become less dependent on the power grid—products that now include WoodMaster stoves.

“My vision is that all people can live in an energy-independent way, and my goal is to offer products and services to help people get there,” says Marc.

After launching Grid Be Gone in spring of 2011, Marc began researching a heating option that would fit his company’s niche. He found WoodMaster and has never looked back.

“With WoodMaster stoves, customers can burn a convenient pellet fuel or, if they live in a rural area, utilize the resources in their own backyard to generate their heat for free.”

Marc has been selling the WoodMaster Flex Fuel Series since July 2011 and plans to start carrying pellet furnaces, including the WoodMaster Force/Renovator Natural Energy heating systems, in the coming months.

Marc says he has had a lot of interest in the stoves so far. People are most excited by the fact that they can burn multiple fuels in the same stove and that they are made in the U.S., he says.

Besides being able to offer his customers a green product that helps lower their heating costs, for Marc, one of the greatest rewards of being a dealer is simply working with the folks at WoodMaster.

“They provide top-notch support to their dealers, and you know they’re standing behind their products,” says Marc. “Working with WoodMaster has allowed me to enter the industry with confidence.”

Grid Be Gone currently sells products through an online store and website, but in spring 2012, customers will be able to check out the stoves in person at his new retail store in downtown Peterborough, N.H.

Visit Grid Be Gone’s Facebook page to see pictures of Marc and his crew installing
WoodMaster stoves and stay updated on the latest energy-efficient trends.

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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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If you have the wood, we'll bring the heat.

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Fri,Jan 20,2012 @ 02:52 PM

Jason Osborn, owner of C & C HeatingThat’s the motto of Jason Osborn, founder and owner of C & C Heating in Nokomis, Ill., and one of WoodMaster’s new dealers.

Jason has been in the heating and cooling business for 20 years and started selling WoodMaster stoves in October 2011.

“I’ve been really surprised at how it’s taken off,” says Jason. “I didn’t think we’d sell any stoves by the end of the year, but we sold nine.”

Jason is a WoodMaster newbie, but he’s no rookie to the wood stove industry. After installing stoves distributed by other companies for nine years, Jason decided C & C Heating might as well carry its own line of energy-efficient stoves. Jason currently sells all the WoodMaster stove models, and his best-selling model is the WoodMaster 4400.

“Selling WoodMaster gives us an advantage because we’re now the only heating and air company around that does everything, from selling the stove to installing and maintenance,” says Jason.

One of Jason’s business goals is to offer his customers affordable heating options, a mission in which WoodMaster’s energy-saving stoves fit perfectly. Jason’s customers benefit from lower heating costs, and C & C Heating profits from the increased business.

Jason says he always calls customers to see how they’re liking his products, and every customer that has purchased a WoodMaster stove has been more than pleased with their purchase.

“Everyone loves them and most people wish they would have done it years ago,” he says.

The best thing about being a WoodMaster dealer? The inside edge it gives his company, says Jason.

“If you don’t do something different than everyone else, you don’t stand out. Selling WoodMaster has helped us quite a bit because we offer things that other heating and air companies don’t,” says Jason. “I couldn’t ask for anything better in the stoves.”

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WoodMaster dealer makes customers happy (and warm) with person-friendly heat

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Tue,Jan 03,2012 @ 02:55 PM

Jonathan Wells, part-owner of Wells ContractingWhen WoodMaster dealer Jonathan Wells’ first batch of furnaces were delivered, the first thing he did was put one in his own house.

“As far as I’m concerned, WoodMaster has one of the best wood-burning products out there, and I’ve looked at a lot of them,” says Jonathan. “I figured if I’m going to sell them, I ought to have one.”

Jonathan and his brother, Brian Wells, began selling WoodMaster furnaces one month ago as an experiment in supplementing his family-owned contracting business during the slower, winter months. So far, he’s sold ten WoodMaster furnaces and says it’s been “going without a hitch.”

Jonathan, part-owner of Wells Contracting in Murphy, N.C., currently sells WoodMaster wood furnace models, including the WoodMaster 4400; however, his eventual goal, as long as there is demand, is to carry all WoodMaster products.

“We’re open to selling every item WoodMaster offers, including the pellet furnaces and bioenergy flex fuel furnaces,” says Jonathan, explaining he and Wells Contracting staff have plans to travel to WoodMaster headquarters in Red Lake Falls, Minn., for training on other WoodMaster products.

Jonathan has sold furnaces to people of all ages, from people in their 20s to people in their 70s. With his sales of wood-burning WoodMaster furnaces already thriving, he is considering investing in a wood processor to sell wood along with the stoves. 

One of WoodMaster’s main benefits, says Jonathan, is “person-friendly heat.”

“You get the benefit of burning wood without the mess—there’s no dust or ashes, so it’s good for people with allergies,” explains Jonathan.

As a business owner, Jonathan says his job description is simple: “to make sure the customer is pleased, regardless of whether I make money on the project. We take pride in our work and go the extra mile to make someone happy.”

Jonathan says all of his WoodMaster customers have been overly surprised with the product’s efficiency.

“I like to see people smile when they crank it up and see how great it works,” says Jonathan. “They knew it was going to work well, but they didn’t know it would work this well.”

With “customers calling all the time to tell him how they love the system,” it’s safe to say that selling WoodMaster products fits right in with Jonathan’s job description.

Topics: dealer spotlight, woodmaster 4400, person friendly heat, red lake falls mn, wells contracting, north carolina woodmaster dealer, jonathan wells, bioenergy flex fuel furnace, woodmaster, pellet furnace, wood master, WoodMaster Dealer, lower heating costs

Rookie WoodMaster dealer believes in energy-saving products like Flex Fuel

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Wed,Nov 02,2011 @ 10:54 AM

Jack Bingham, owner of Seacoast Energy AlternativesHe’s only been selling WoodMaster Flex Fuel boilers for six months, but Jack Bingham already has confidence that they fit right in with Seacoast Energy Alternatives’ energy-saving product offerings.

His Dover, N.H., store has offered energy conservation strategies for home and business since October 2007, and recently added WoodMaster Flex Fuel to its product offerings in March 2011. The store specializes in solar electric and solar hot water, but their goal is to provide any appliances that offer consumers dramatic ways to save energy.

WoodMaster’s Flex Fuel boilers fit Jack’s sales model perfectly.

“Even though the Flex Fuel is a significant investment, it’s not a hard sell,” Jack explains. “Customers know they can expect cutting-edge, energy-saving products here, and WoodMaster meets this expectation.” The WoodMaster Flex Fuel has about a nine-year return on investment, but with an impressive 12 percent return on your money, it’s well worth the wait. Jack ponders, “Where do you get that kind of return in this day and age?”

In the first six months, Jack has sold two Flex Fuel boilers and “heating season hasn’t even started yet.” He hopes to sell three or four more before the end of 2011.

Jack and his customers are impressed by the boiler’s design. “At tradeshows, it just looks better than anyone else’s. I’m assuming it will perform better than anyone else’s, too.”

Even though he’s new to selling WoodMaster Flex Fuels, Jack anticipates customers being very happy with their energy-efficient boilers. “If the price of oil goes up and up, their smiles will get bigger and bigger.”

Is energy savings at the top of your list when shopping for home appliances? Why or why not?

Topics: dealer spotlight, New Hampshire WoodMaster dealer, Seacoast Energy Alternatives, Jack Bingham, woodmaster, energy-saving boiler, WoodMaster FlexFuel, Flex Fuel, WoodMaster boiler, wood master, WoodMaster Dealer

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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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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