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Happy Holidays from Strawbale Farms

As 2018 is coming to a close, we want to thank our clients for another successful year. We are grateful to help more people heat their homes and buildings with efficient outdoor wood boilers. We are also proud to offer solar electric systems.

Thank you to everyone who purchased a wood boiler or solar system from us this past year! We appreciate your patronage, and we hope you will trust us with any future energy needs.

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Happy Holidays

Warm Up Your Winter with the Right Outdoor Wood Boiler for You

An outdoor wood boiler can warm up not only your winter, it has incredible benefits in the spring summer and fall as well! An outdoor boiler not only provides you with more affordable heating, it also offers many environmental benefits. If the circumstances are right, few heating options provide a more efficient, dependable, and comprehensive heating source. You can eliminate most of your utility bill for your home while also eliminating one more fire hazard from your home. An outdoor wood boiler for your Ashland WI can provide a number of benefits as long as you choose one of high quality and one that meets your specific needsoutdoor wood boiler

An outdoor wood boiler isn’t an installation you want to skimp on. Performance varies greatly between models and companies so it is important you invest in high quality that will last. Different designs are also better for efficiency, others are better for producing greater amounts of heat. At Strawbale Farms we only carry the very best in high quality, efficient and dependable outdoor boilers. And, our experts can help you select the right model to fit your specific property and heating needs.

You can use your outdoor wood boiler to heat your home, business, garage, you name it! The possibilities are endless! You can even connect some models to existing forced air or hydronic radiant heating systems, your domestic hot water, greenhouse, hot tub, swimming pool and more.

Obviously an outdoor wood boiler lends itself to more rural homes, but you don’t need to live in the middle of nowhere or in a heavily wooded area to make this a viable heating option. Our expert can help you select the model that works for your unique home.

As long as you are looking for straightforward, affordable heat; choosing this wonderful heating source is a no-brainer. Outdoor wood boilers take up zero living space and are extremely cost-effective.

At Strawbale Farms, we have helped a wide variety of customers from home owners to farmers, commercial and industrial businesses and more find the right outdoor wood boiler for them. Allow us to help you find the right outdoor wood boiler for you! From our Portage & Main boilers to our new Polar G-Class, we offer only top quality units.

Are you ready to learn more about an outdoor wood boiler for your unique Ashland WI home or business? Call Strawbale Farms at (715) 214-6683 or Contact Us to learn more.

All Fire, No Smoke: The New Polar Furnace is Clean, Efficient & Simple to Use

Do you want to eliminate your high heating bills without all the smoke? Allow us to introduce you to the new Polar Furnace. The G-Class model is an outdoor furnace industry first and offers smoke free combustion for a truly clean and efficient heating experience.

Polar G-ClassThe Polar Furnace G-Class is all about making wood burning as clean, simple and easy as possible while eliminating your high heating bills. To accomplish this, the G-Class is packed with an impressive array of features which together deliver unmatched product value. These features include:

  • All fire, no smoke VOR-TECH combustion chamber. The chamber reaches temperatures up to 2000°F so every ounce of wood and any smoke get completely burned and combustion efficiency reaches 99.5%. This means that every possible BTU of energy is released from the wood and smoke and is converted into heat.
  • High performance heat exchanger.
  • Easy sweep system which allows the heat exchanger to be cleaned daily in as little time as 5 seconds.
  • Safety channel built into the top of the fire chamber and the powerful ECM suction fan work together to insure your comfort and safety during loading.
  • Strongwall system of removable panels to protect the fire chamber walls from the extreme conditions inside the fire chamber and increasing the life of the furnace.
  • The Ignition Door allows you to set the wood on fire AFTER filling the entire fire chamber with wood. Also, while lighting the fire the suction fan creates strong negative pressure inside the fire chamber which keeps any smoke from escaping as air is sucked in through the door opening. You will be amazed how easy it is to light a fire inside the G-Class!

And, these are just some of the amazing features you can enjoy with your new Polar Furnace! With the G-Class Polar Furnace you also get exceptionally long lasting durability, good looks and so much more!

You will love how easy the G-Class is to operate and how simple it is to maintain. You will love the smoke free combustion and be amazed at how much less wood you will burn when compared to older outdoor wood furnace technology. G-Class takes it to a whole new level. These products truly are in a class all there own in the outdoor furnace industry.

Interested in learning more about the new Polar Furnace? Call Strawbale Farms at 715-214-6683 or Contact Us today! We would love to speak with you and help you find the right outdoor boiler for your needs.

Fuel Sources for Your Portage & Main Boiler

If you own a Portage and Main boiler or are considering one, you are on the right track towards a smarter solution to heating your home. These efficient, dependable outdoor boilers are growing increasingly popular in the area due to their ability to offer energy efficient heating while remaining “off the grid.” Portage and Main Boilers and furnaces offer independence and money savings that cannot be beat. Portage and Main also manufactures boilers that can utilize different fuel sources such as wood, coal, or wood chips, wood pellets or other bio-mass heat sources. As experts on Portage and Main Boilers for Escanaba and the surrounding areas, we would like to discuss these different fuel sources with you here.

Minnesota Outdoor Wood Boiler

Conventional Wood

Wood burning boilers are a manual load system that would typically require loading with firewood twice a day in cold temperatures. It is important to season your firewood before use. Firewood can be a great alternative heat source to lower your monthly heating bill. Seasoning your own wood for use as fuel is ideal. Dry firewood burns hotter, easier and safer than wet wood.
And remember, seasoning firewood takes time. Cut your wood and allow it to season one full year before use.

Wood Chip or Pellet

Wood chip and pellet Portage and Main Boilers are easy to use and highly efficient. Made for the residential market. These types of boilers boiler can typically provide heat for several days to a week on one bin full of wood chips or pellets.


With the Ultimizer, a coal burning outdoor boiler from Portage and Main Boilers, you can save time, labor and thousands of dollars in fuel over the years. Both the Ultimizer shaker grate coal and wood burning models share many of the same quality features, such as the all important refractory cement lining which retains heat and encourages proper combustion. With coal Portage and Main Boilers you get a cleaner and more efficient burn.

Portage and Main Boilers are designed and built to be installed outside and are fully capable of handling whatever the outdoor elements throw at them. Quality construction and insulation ensure that the outdoor elements have minimal effect on the performance of an outdoor boiler, no matter the fuel source.

If you would like more information about Portage and Main Boilers for your Escanaba area home or business, call Strawbale Farms at 715-214-6683 or Contact Us today! We would love to speak with you and help you find the right outdoor boiler for your needs.

Some Common Misconceptions about Outdoor Boilers

If you are considering an outdoor boiler for your home, it can be a good idea to ask around to find out some more information. However, it is important to know there are some common misconceptions about them and their benefits. That’s why, as experts in all things outdoor boiler for Minnesota and the surrounding areas, we would like to dispel some of these common misconceptions.

BL 4044 Portage & Main Boiler

First of all, an outdoor boiler can do more than just heat the home. They are also a great way to give you all the hot water you need, heat your pool, spa, and anything else you wanted to keep warm with a truly efficient and renewable resource; wood.

When people hear wood, their minds automatically go to ‘old fashioned.’ They think that’s the old way of doing things therefore it must be inefficient, dirty and a lot of work.

However, this is not true! Wood heating has come of age. The modern outdoor boiler takes advantage of the latest developments in heating technology. Set up outside your home, and using water and heat exchangers, our incredible Portage & Main outdoor boilers burn cleanly and efficiently. In most cases, they can be connected directly to your existing system to distribute the heat.

And, because all of your fuel is kept outside, you won’t have the mess associated with indoor wood stoves. The unit will burn all sizes and types of wood, too. The best part is you only have to feed it once or twice a day. Load it up in the morning and evening, and the outdoor boiler will do the rest.

Here is another one: “Chopping and burning wood is bad for the environment.” Not so! Fossil fuels are far more damaging. And, trees are a renewable resource; this is an energy source that grows virtually everywhere. Outdoor boilers are environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and efficient. On the contrary, coal, gas, and oil are fossil-based, non-renewable resources. And in the last year, costs for these commodities have soared; even electricity prices are climbing. With an outdoor boiler you won’t have to worry about the high cost of wintertime heating again!

Our Portage & Main Boilers are known as the “Original Efficient One” and are the most efficient outdoor boilers in the industry. And, since these units are placed outdoors, there is less concern regarding fire and smoke hazards.

If you would like more information about an outdoor boiler for your Minnesota home or business, call Strawbale Farms at 715-214-6683 or Contact Us today! We would love to speak with you and help you find the right outdoor boiler for your needs.