Friday, May 30, 2014

Hawken Energy visited by Senator Stabenow Rep

Hawken Energy was honored to receive Mary Judnich of Senator Debbie Stabenow's office for a visit. Hawken CEO Warren Walborn met with her and showed her around Hawken facilities. 

The two discussed the future of the wood-burning industry. After the visit it is our hope that Senator Stabenow will encourage the EPA to create rules that will enable manufacturers to continue our efforts to improve air quality. 

Posted by Alex Walborn - Hawken Energy Outdoor Wood Furnaces
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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Michigan Congressman Visits Hawken

A few days ago Hawken Energy played host to Congressman Bill Huizenga of the 2nd Congressional District of Michigan. 

For all of us here at Hawken it was a true pleasure to meet and discuss our common interests, our company, the industry, and the impact of the EPA regulations. In addition, Hawken affiliates are buzzing about Congressman's work with colleague and former Missouri Rep Blaine Luetkemeyer, of the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri, in support of H.R. 4407, the Wood Stove Regulatory Relief Act of 2014. 

Essentially what this bill would do is require the administrator of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to set reasonable limits on stringency and  timing of proposed regulations for new residential and wood heaters, hydronic heaters, forced-air furnaces, masonry heaters, etc.

To learn more about the legislation itself you can visit 

Posted by Alex Walborn - Hawken Energy Outdoor Wood Furnaces
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Hawken Energy on EPA Changes

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is proposing significant cuts to the amount of pollution emitted into the air via wood stoves, pellet stoves and outdoor wood furnaces. Hawken Energy was featured in a story on WZZM13 that addressed the subject.

Posted by Alex Walborn - Hawken Energy Outdoor Wood Furnaces
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Propane Shortage leads to Drastic Price Increase

Have you SEEN propane prices lately?? Two weeks ago a gallon of residential propane in the Midwest cost $2.39 a gallon. An LP supplier in north Iowa reported last Friday, the price [of propane] is close to $4.50 a gallon!" It's barely believable.

This situation--dubbed the Polar Pig -- a few weeks ago froze pipelines so gas and other petroleum products couldn't be moved from refineries to consumers. 

Matthew C. Klein reports that "According to the Energy Information Administration, Midwest households use more propane than households in any other part of the U.S. and are more dependent on propane as a heating fuel. As a result, Bloomberg News reported that 'governors of 15 states have declared emergencies to allow propane tanker drivers to work longer hours to make extra deliveries.'"

In Indiana, Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel reported, "Delivery is especially important for these homes in many Midwestern states, which have their own propane storage tanks and are not connected to pipelines. However, until the shortage is addressed, deliveries for many companies are limited due to a low supply." This shortage of propane is causing thousands of people fear they won't be able to heat their homes this winter.

So what are propane users to do? Simply bundle up and try to conserve gas?

There has never been a better time to purchase a Hawken Energy outdoor wood-burning furnace! Many people who are skeptical about making this investment attribute their hesitance to the notion that install is impossible in the winter. NOT SO. The pipes that run from the furnace to your home can function just as normally lying on the ground. Then, in the spring, your installer can come bury them for you.

When it comes to heating your home, it's certainly a lot cheaper than these outlandish propane prices. 

Posted by Alex Walborn - Hawken Energy Outdoor Wood Furnaces
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

3 Reasons Why You should NEVER let your Furnace's Water Temperature drop below 140 Degrees

Just in case you haven't noticed, temperatures have been well-below average this winter. If you're like the rest of us, you've probably been burning a lot of wood, (then rushing back into your warm house!) Here's a word of caution: don't let anything, not even the cold detract from your vigilance! What am I referring to, you ask? The temperature of the water in your furnace's water jacket! Sometimes furnace owners, for whatever reason, will accidentally let their Hawken furnace operate at a temperature below 140 degrees

THAT. IS. BAD. Absolutely, 100% NOT a good idea. 
Here are 3 reasons why: 

1. Condensation

Here's a quick fun fact: did you know that any kind of wood, even properly seasoned (dried) wood still contains at least 25% water? Unseasoned wood contains up to 50% water.

So what do you think happens when wood burns? That moisture it contains becomes steam. When it burns in your furnace, that steam exits through the chimney, (or tube, in the case of a Gasification furnace). HOWEVER, if the water temp is less than 140 degrees, that steam will condense inside the furnace walls, creating a BIG mess. 

Conversely, if the water temp is above 140 degrees, the steam will exit the chimney harmlessly. 

2. Creosote

Just in case you aren't familiar with this term, (and if you take the advice of this article you won't have to be) creosote, by definition, is a mixture of smoke and water residue, a sticky black tar-like substance. 

Let me put it this way: creosote is to a furnace chimney or tube as plaque is to a human artery. Allow it to build up, and, well, you get the idea. 

Thus, keeping your furnace heating the water at a minimum of 140 degrees is crucial to preventing creosote build-up.

3. Efficiency

Plain and simple. When condensation forms it nourishes creosote, which ultimately reduces heat transfer. The heat from the fire normally passes into the water in your water jacket through the steel walls - but if those steel walls are covered with a thick layer of creosote, heat transfer, and therefore efficiency, is reduced.

If you want to not only avoid steam and creosote issues with your furnace, but make sure its general functions are running smoothly, always be aware of its temperature. Remember: 140 degrees. That's the magic number! 

So to sum up, the 3 reasons you should always operate your furnace at temps above 140 degrees are 1. To prevent moisture condensation, 2. Condensation leads to creosote build up, and 3. Creosote buildup reduces heat transfer and thus lowers your efficiency.  This means you will burn much more wood than you need to (and excessive creosote will ultimately kill your furnace, regardless of which furnace brand you own).

The good news is that Hawken furnaces, in normal operation, don't have creosote issues.  Just make sure you burn seasoned wood, and follow proper operations and maintenance procedures (see owners manual), and you will enjoy years of warmth and saving big money with your Hawken furnace! 

Posted by Alex Walborn - Hawken Energy Outdoor Wood Furnaces
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Dry Firewood

EPA offers four simple steps to properly dry firewood before using in
 a wood-burning stove, fireplace or outdoor wood furnace. Wet wood can create excessive smoke
which is wasted fuel. Burning dry, seasoned firewood with a moisture
content of 20% or less can save money and help reduce harmful air

This tri-fold brochure provides colorful illustrations of the four easy steps to dry firewood. 

Posted by Don Squire - Hawken Energy Outdoor Wood Furnaces
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