RialtoTheaterDuskLitMarqueeAnywhere you go in the Northern Forest, you can find an automated wood heat installation. This wasn’t true when we started our wood heat program in 2011, when you might have to travel a few hours to see a wood pellet boiler. But we’ve now provided incentives or technical assistance (such as grantwriting) for over 150 projects throughout the region, serving buildings of many shapes and sizes: homes, churches, small businesses, schools, towns halls and garages. We estimate that these projects have generated over $2.6 million in local economic benefits – money staying in the region and supporting the local forest economy – and cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 3,100 tons. 
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We’re always happy to talk to folks in the Northern Forest about automated wood heat and to suggest installations near them if they want to see this type of heating system for themselves. Learn more on our website or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Northern Forest Center has supported the installation of almost a dozen pellet boilers in all four states of the Northern Forest this year. Automated wood heat efficiently uses local and regional wood pellets that are delivered right to your house or building in convenient bulk delivery.

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This winter the Center hired Tim Volk, a marketing professional with years of experience working on energy issues, to draft a marketing plan for speeding up adoption of what we call “modern wood heat.” Those quotation marks are part of the problem. The manufacturers, state agencies, nonprofits, and others who are encouraging people to switch to wood pellet boilers and other high-efficiency wood heating systems each have their own favored names for what we’re advocating: “modern wood heat,” “advanced wood heat,” and “whole-home wood heating systems,” to name just a few. How can you market something effectively if you don’t even agree on what to call it?

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If you’ve never considered the option of using modern wood heat, you should check out the video testimonials from participants in our Model Neighborhood projects. You can hear straight from the users why they switched, and why they feel good about how they’re staying warm.