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For Immediate Release: January 29, 2007

Central Boiler Develops Cleaner Outdoor Wood Furnace Tested According to New U.S. EPA Guidelines – More Stringent Than for Indoor Wood Stoves

Company Announces Signed Partnership Agreement with EPA
Greenbush, MN – Central Boiler today announced it has developed the new E-Classic, next-generation outdoor wood furnace. This furnace was tested by an EPA-accredited laboratory using the new test guidelines under Phase 1 of the EPA Outdoor Wood-fired Hydronic Heater Program just announced by the EPA.
Under the new program's test guidelines, four separate test burns are required. The total emissions from the four tests performed on the Central Boiler E-Classic were less than the maximum amount allowed under the program.
Earlier this month, Central Boiler signed a partnership agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote the manufacture and sale of cleaner outdoor wood furnaces. Central Boiler worked closely with ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and EPA on establishing testing standards for outdoor wood furnaces.
“The E-Classic's Fusion combustor makes it possible to pass these tests and still have more than a 24-hour burn time on a single load of wood, an important advantage of outdoor wood furnaces,” says Dennis Brazier, CEO of Central Boiler. “This is a significant accomplishment. This next-generation furnace is the result of years of development and we are very proud of this progress.”
The EPA OWHH Phase 1 Program for outdoor wood furnaces uses Test Method 28 OWHH and has a very stringent emissions standard of 0.6 lbs/million Btu. When the E-Classic was tested by an EPA accredited laboratory, the weighted emissions were less than 0.6 lbs/million Btu. According to EPA, “most current EPA-certified woodstoves emit 0.8-1.5 lbs/million Btu heat input.
Outdoor wood furnaces offer a safe, economical, environmentally responsible heating alternative, and they reduce our dependence on foreign oil and help preserve fossil fuels. Wood is a totally renewable resource which, when burned, results in no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide). The new EPA guidelines provide an opportunity to manufacture and promote cleaner technology that is even more environmentally friendly.
Initial limited production of Central Boiler's next-generation furnace models will start after the EPA label is available under this program. By 2008, Central Boiler expects that they will have more models available that meet this guideline.
Central Boiler is a leading manufacturer of quality outdoor wood, wood pellet and corn furnaces. They have been manufacturing outdoor furnaces for 23 years. They also manufacture a line of highly efficient direct vent gas fireplaces under their Central Fireplace division. Central Boiler has a sales and dealer network established throughout the United States and Canada.
For more information on the company and its products, please visit centralboiler.com.
** Revised on April 23, 2007
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