Wednesday, August 20, 2014

5 Operating Tips to Keep your Warranty Valid

Hello Everyone!

As you may already know, (or just in case you don't) the purchase of a Hawken Energy Outdoor Wood Furnace comes with our 20-Year Warranty guarantee. Hawken has recently put together "5 furnace Operation Tips". Not only will these tips validate your warranty, they will also maximize the life of your Hawken Furnace. They are:

1.) Water Treatment
2.) Ash Removal
3.) Chimney Extensions
4.) Overfilling the Furnace
5.) Aquastat Temperature

To Elaborate a little, 

1.) Water Treatment - Make sure you take an annual water sample from your furnace and send it to the Hawken Lab for free testing. Hawken recieves these test results and this ensures that your warranty remains valid. For more on Hawken water treatment procedure, refer to our previous newsletter, Issue 63 "Periodic Water Testing," or watch our Instructional Water Treatment video: 

Water Treatment Procedure
Water Treatment Procedure

2.) Ash Removal - You must remove ALL the ashes from your furnace at least once a month. If you do it more than once a month, that is fine, but the minimum should be once per month. This means you scrape the bottom of the firebox completely clean. 

3.) Chimney Extensions - This tip is easy to follow: if you want a chimney extension you must have a "triple-wall" INSULATED chimney extension. If you have an UN-insulated chimney extension installed in your furnace, remove it immediately. Without the insulation a highly acidic condensation forms on the inside of the chimney, drips down into the firebox and will eat through any steel. If you have any questions, or need to purchase a triple wall chimney extension, please feel free to contact your authorized Hawken Rep, or visit our online store for more info.

4.) Overfilling the Furnace - Here's another easy one: Hawken furnace owners are strongly encouraged NOT to overfill their furnaces, specifically no pieces of wood placed in the furnace should pile above the level of the top door hinge. Also, do not allow coal or wood to touch the door or the door frame. To prevent this, wood should be loaded into the furnace at least eight inches away from the inside lip/ledge of the door frame. If you do not follow this tip, excessive heat may warp the door frame, damage the door seal and shorten the life of your furnace.

5.) Aquastat Temperature - Keep your aquastat set at 180 degrees with a 20 degree differential. Your furnace actually came pre-set from the factory at this temperature. If you lower your aquastat temperature below 160 degrees, your furnace will operate at temperatures below 140 degrees. If this happens it will be harmful to your furnace because moisture will accumulate, corrosion will take place, and your furnace will NOT function properly. Please be sure to follow the instructions in your owner's manual and keep your aquastat set at 180 degrees with a 20 degree differential (10 degree differential for the GX series furnaces).

Follow these procedures and your warranty will retain its validity.

Posted by Alex Walborn - Hawken Energy Outdoor Wood Furnaces
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It's STILL Summer!

Yep, just like the title says, it's STILL summer everyone! 

Which means you probably haven't been using your Hawken Outdoor Wood Furnace for a while. It probably also means that you cleaned out all the ash and shut it down for the summer, which is essential! (You should NEVER leave ash in your furnace while it sits idle during the summer......that is, while dry ash is harmless, ash that is left in a furnace will absorb moisture and become corrosive to the steel of your furnace.)

In case you are one of those people reading this and panicking because you just realized you haven't cleaned out and shut down your furnace for the summer, don't panic because it's not too late. It's still summer.

Hurry and clean out and shutdown your furnace A.S.A.P. and it will run much more smoothly when you start it up again for this upcoming cold season. 

Refer to out instructional Hawk Vlog episode for furnace summer shutdown tips:

Posted by Alex Walborn - Hawken Energy Outdoor Wood Furnaces
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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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