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Monday, February 1, 2016

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            Oops! We Stand Corrected!

            A welcome correction (0.5 g/hr emissions!) is more good news.

            We initially reported a weighted average emission (the number the EPA reports) of 0.7 g/hr.  An error was made.  Our weighted average emission is actually 0.5 g/hr.

            This is, of course, very good news!  Results of individual runs and weighted averages are in the chart below. 

            Friday, January 29, 2016

            Absolute Steal of a Deal

            We are celebrating the introduction of our new Absolute Steel Hybrid’s arrival onto our website by offering a huge discount to our customers. Check out our website for all of the wonderful details regarding the new Absolute Steel Hybrid stove and the big introductory sale now in progress. When you place your order for an Absolute Steel Hybrid stove, you could save as much as $600.00!!

            Tuesday, January 26, 2016

            Meet the Winner of the Absolute Steel Hybrid

            John Rahill, Winner of the Absolute Steel Hybrid
            John Rahill is the winner of our Absolute Steel Hybrid Drawing.  When we first spoke with John, he thought we were making it up, and was not sure of the win.  His friends mentioned they read about him winning the Absolute Steel Stove, which warmed him up to the idea. We had the pleasure of meeting John last Saturday. While driving through New Hampshire, on his way home to Vermont, John decided to stop in to visit our showroom.  He met some of our staff, took a tour of the factory, and was able to personally view a few of our Absolute Steel Hybrid designs.

            Friday, January 22, 2016

            Celebrating the Free Absolute Steel Hybrid Drawing!

            We are celebrating the big drawing today!  The survey has closed, the ratings have been tallied and the comments have been read.  We greatly appreciate your time, effort and your opinions towards our Absolute Steel Hybrid.

            Thursday, January 21, 2016

            New Design Survey Results, Comments and Suggestions

            As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, we have tallied the results of our New Design Survey and the top three are: “Au Naturel,” the “Cottage,” and the “Prairie,” in that order.

            In reviewing the comments, we were surprised and intrigued by the spectrum of  opinions and ideas.  Some folks felt the designs were too busy, many wanted more design added.  The primary source of debate is the wings.  The number of requests we received to produce the Absolute Steel Hybrid without wings has led us to the idea of providing you the option – wings or no wings.   We believe, because this will be your stove, you should have it your way. 

            We thought you may enjoy reading some of the comments/suggestions we received. They are:

            Wednesday, January 20, 2016

            Results of the New Stove Design Survey

            The preliminary results are in from our Design Survey.  We want to thank everyone who participated.  We appreciate you taking the time to share your opinions and comments.  Almost 600 people ranked and commented on our proposed designs, with over 1,800 comments.  This was a very, very helpful process to help us determine how to proceed with the design from here.

            Our Ideal Steel Hybrid was our first stove to offer personalization.  We plan to offer personalization with our Absolute Steel Hybrid as well by providing different versions of the same firebox with very different design treatments on the outside, along with different leg heights and overall geometry.

            Tuesday, January 19, 2016

            Our New Stove Passes EPA Testing – With Ease!

            Our newest Hybrid wood stove (now known as the Absolute Steel Hybrid) passed the EPA testing with flying colors.  The EPA standard, expected no later than 2020, is for a residential wood stove to have a weighted average of approximately 2.0 g/hr.   Our new Absolute Steel Hybrid passed the test at approximately 0.7 g/hr.  Yes indeed. This result puts the Absolute Steel Hybrid in the top six stoves for low emissions.  This means our newest hybrid, the Absolute Steel Hybrid, is in the top two percent of all stoves tested in the last 25 years.  It is an absolute winner!

            Friday, January 15, 2016

            Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Read All About Us!

            Thank you Popular Mechanics!  What a lovely article. 

            The February, 2016 edition of Popular Mechanics, page 52-53, has a nice two-page spread on our Ideal Steel Hybrid  stove entitled “A Beautiful Thing”. 

            Monday, January 11, 2016

            Tax Credit Opportunity

            Not everyone looks forward to tax time, but we have GOOD NEWS!  The Federal Government is providing an opportunity for you to receive a tax credit of  $300.00 for wood burning stoves purchased and installed in a primary residence.  The credit is retroactive for 2015 purchases and installation, and current through December 31, 2016.

            The credit is offered for wood stoves that are 75% efficient or higher.  Here at Woodstock Soapstone we make it easy for you as all of our current wood stoves exceed the requirement.  The certificate noting this is available to download from our website.  

            Please note: Homeowners who have taken advantage of previous energy tax credits may not be eligible for the current tax credit. There is a maximum “lifetime” energy tax credit cap of $500, retroactive to 2006. If a homeowner has used $500 or more in previous energy tax credits, he/she may no longer be eligible for the $300 credit currently offered.

            You will find more information regarding this tax credit on our website at: http://www.woodstove.com/tax-credit-faq.  If you have questions regarding how you personally qualify for this federal tax credit, please see your accountant or The EPA websites http://www.epa.gov/burnwise and www.energystar.gov.