Backstage Look at the Brookhaven National Labs Testing

Econoburn Increases Energy Efficiency and Saves Money with RHNY

About five years ago the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began to develop a new set of performance standards for outdoor wood boilers.  The old test was inaccurate and outdated especially given a new wave of low water mass boilers emerging in the market, many with new designs and technologies.

Enter the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY, part of the US Department of Energy (DOE).  Formerly under the Atomic Energy Commission, Brookhaven Labs is the lead research and development arm of DOE, with facilities scattered throughout the country and home to seven Nobel laureates.

They requested the Econoburn wood-fueled boiler as part of their goal to develop a test network of standards for the best equipment in the world.

Based on data from these tests, the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will assist to develop the new set of standards; as a public benefit corporation, it is charged with helping New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.  Remind you of Econoburn?

Demanding tests were held over a 6-week period at their enormous facility in Upton. Primary testing covered the three-stage process of wood-burning boilers:  Start-up, steady state and burn down.  We are delighted to announce that Econoburn recently passed the tremendously high standards of the Brookhaven National Laboratories test, which takes into account the full duty cycle of the boiler and is one of the key criteria for a boiler getting listed in the Renewable Heat NY (RHNY) program.

NYSERDA Renewable Heat NYThe RHNY program permits homeowners and small businesses to save up to $8,000 when replacing or adding an advanced cordwood boiler with thermal storage.  They may also be eligible for additional tax rebates or low interest financing to help make the switch.

“We are still ahead of the curve when it comes to deploying this level of technology,” says Mark Odell, VP of Marketing and Sales at Econoburn.  “We are the only North American manufacturer of compact, high-efficiency wood-fueled boilers for residential and commercial heating,” he notes.  “We’re honored to announce that Econoburn has been named a leading manufacturer for the RHNY initiative designed to bring the biomass heating industry up to scale for residential and commercial consumers across NY State.”

Once installed, wood fuel boilers cost less than a third of the cost of oil heating for a typical season.  Heating oil has risen in price 270% since 2000 for an expensive, dirty and non-renewable heating fuel.

Wood fuel is plentiful, renewable and clean burning.  Advanced wood fuel boilers deliver immediate ROI multiplied by savings over decades of unstable oil prices.  The trend toward wood fueled independence is now state-sponsored and funded.

For more information, please contact:  Mark Odell, Econoburn Boilers (866.818.5162 toll free) or visit us at

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