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Wood Boilers- Tools of Evolving Man

A Box of Water with Fire Inside Wood boilers control fire.  It’s an old story.  The ancient people discovered fire.  Hairy the caveman rubbed two sticks together and made an ember.  Hairy controlled his fire by adding the right size wood at the right time. Modern people didn’t like caves or living outside, so they…

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Froling Wood pellet Boiler

Froling Wood Pellet Boilers Installed by Tarm Biomass Heat Orford Commercial Building

A Fertile Opportunity for Renewable Heating Sometimes nice old buildings present fertile opportunities for renewable heating makeovers with Froling wood pellet boilers.  Here is a great example.  The 30,000 square foot office and warehouse was built starting in 1965 by New Hampshire Governor Meldrim Thomson for his Equity Publishing business.  As Governor Thomson’s business grew…

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A Conservation and Comfort Conversion in St. Johnsbury, VT

The house is a two story 4,800 (total) square foot log structure built by its owners several decades ago. The roof is supported by scissor trusses, which creates vaulted ceilings and a small attic space above the ceilings. Originally, there were two boilers providing the heat, a Frank’s Wood Boiler and separate oil boiler, both…

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Brian Millette, Steadfast for 29 1/2 Years, Retires from Tarm Biomass

Brian Millette is retiring!  Tomorrow, Wednesday May 9th, will be Brian’s last day at Tarm Biomass. Brian started working for Nichols Hardware in September of 1988.  I was still in high school at the time.  Brian was originally a floor clerk in the hardware store, which was owned by my Father Jim Nichols and Uncle…

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Great Technology is Only 1/2 of the Equation

Our local newspaper, the Valley News, recently ran an article about heat pumps titled, “Innovation, or Just Hot Air?”. The article references a Vermont Public Service Department report, which found that in 77 studied heat pump installations, “the average annual energy cost savings was approximately $200.00 per heat pump, significantly less than had been assumed…

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