First Bioenergy Flex Fuel Furnaces Made in U.S.A. Revealed at HPB Expo Clean European Technology Now in U.S. - Made Furnaces
The WoodMaster Flex Fuel Series indoor furnace, which will be manufactured by Northwest Manufacturing of Red Lake Falls, Minn., was revealed at the 2009 Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Expo in Reno, NV last week. These thermal storage boilers will be the first U.S.-manufactured furnaces that allow homeowners to use cord wood, wood chips and/or wood pellets for home heating with high efficiency and low emissions.
The furnace is part of the company’s new line of indoor and outdoor flex fuel series furnaces engineered with proven clean European technologies and WoodMaster quality and durability built right in.
“We’ve partnered with a European company that has developed and utilized these proven technologies for 25 years—and this flex fuel furnace specifically for more than 10 years,” says Chuck Gagner, Northwest Manufacturing CEO, Red Lake Falls, Minn. “Their engineers and designers have taken burning wood for heat to an art form, and we’re proud to now offer this technology to U.S. furnace dealers and consumers.”
The new Flex Fuel Series furnaces provide extremely clean, highly efficient heat. Each model utilizes several features in furnaces designed for best burn values and a long life span, plus:
· Technology that burns gases at optimal levels to prolong life of furnace
· Self-cleaning, larger ash area and other details to reduce maintenance to once per month or even once every other month
· Analyzer that regulates the primary and secondary air to adjust the burn rate accordingly, allowing homeowners to burn various biomass fuels with excellent emission values
· Automatic ignition on all three biomass fuels
· Appealing compact design
These thermal storage boilers will be the first U.S.-manufactured furnaces that allow homeowners to use cord wood, wood chips and/or wood pellets for home heating with high efficiency and low emissions. Emissions testing conducted by the company shows the product will meet and exceed 2010 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary emissions program. Testing results are expected this spring. The company’s goal is to begin manufacturing the furnace in July and have the Flex Fuel Series available by August 1, pending testing and other approvals. Detailed specs on each flex fuel furnace model will be available this summer.
HPBA and EPA Phase 1 Emissions Guidelines
Through the Hearth, Patio, Barbeque Association (HPBA) association, WoodMaster's developer, Northwest Manufacturing, has worked closely with EPA on new testing standards and works with state and local governments on appropriate regulations to encourage cleaner burning outdoor wood furnaces.
WoodMaster furnaces are developed, manufactured and marketed by Northwest Manufacturing, a privately-owned company based in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota. The company offers a range of furnaces to heat homes, garages, pools and spas; under floor heating systems; and replacement parts for all outdoor furnace brands. For more information about the company and its products, visit woodmaster.com.
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