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Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by dnwhe6@aol.com, Aug 11, 2008.

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  1. dnwhe6@aol.com

    dnwhe6@aol.com New Member

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    Hi, i just joined and want to share some info with you.I have spent months reserching wood pellet boilers ,covered almost every one you can think of.Then i came on the GerKros woodpecker boilers,and to my supprise they are availible in the us .A great boiler, heats domestic hot water, heats conventional baseboard, radient and forced air. Price wise its great ,they have different catogories to choose.

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  2. Eric Johnson

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    Welcome to the Boiler room, pellet boy.

    Another one to consider is the Orlan Pellet Boiler, now being sold in the U.S. by New Horizon Corp.

    Got a link on the GerKros?
  3. bygeorge

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    Gerkros boilers will be available in VT, NH, and Clinton, Essex, Warren and Washington counties in New York state through factory certified installers by mid September latest. Blodgett Supply with locations in NY, VT, and NH is the sole distributor in these areas and will be offering training to qualified professional installers beginning late August.
    A fully operational unit (located in Rutland VT branch of Blodgett Supply, 802-775-3342) will be on line by August 22nd.
    Current US certified and approved offerings are a 15KW (prx 52,000 btu net) and 25KW (prx 86,000 BTU net) boiler, with a 40KW (prx 138,000 btu net) unit currently in testing for certification.
    Contact your closest Blodgett Branch (Concord NH, Rutland, White River Jct, Montpelier, Newport, Williston, and EJ MOnroe in Ticonderoga NY).
    Best info at this time through George Robbins Rutland VT 802-775-3342.
  4. Eric Johnson

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    Sounds like you're more than just a potential customer.
  5. bygeorge

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    fyi bygeorge:
    I am George Robbins, manager Blodgett Rutland, responsible for the introduction of Gerkros. Not hiding that fact but new to this forum. Wil try to amend profile to reflect that.
  6. AndrewChurchill

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    My brother is a master plumber and he is going to go to training on this boiler in a couple of weeks. I'll be interested to hear what he thinks about this boiler.
  7. dnwhe6@aol.com

    dnwhe6@aol.com New Member

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    Thank you for the induction. I looked at the olean and i think i will stay with the WoodPecker,it is a more sificticated machine and is self cleaning plus the price point is right for me.My opinion only.
  8. dnwhe6@aol.com

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    The web site is www.GerKros .ie . The company that is distributing the boilers is First Pellet Boiler,the name on the web is incorrect according to the people i corresponded with in Ireland, anyway check it out.
  9. AndrewChurchill

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    Pellet Boy, what's the price?
  10. Eric Johnson

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    Welcome to the Boiler Room, George. We generally like to restrict commercial promotion to the advertising realm, but we also like to make as much information about new products available to members as possible, so I hope people check out your new boiler and let us know what they think. We have some great promotional opportunities coming up next year on the site, so please feel free to contact me or the site's owner, Craig Issod, if you're interested in getting a banner position or other advertising opportunity. Given the way this forum continues to grow, I'm sure the people who got in on the ground floor, like Cozy Heat and Econoburn, are glad they did.


  11. sinnian

    sinnian Minister of Fire

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    Eric,

    This was George's first post. I figured you and/or Craig might have missed it.

    And not to stir up the pot, but something just doesn't sit right with me on this. However, only time will tell.
  12. Eric Johnson

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    Well, it was George's first post.

    I always try to give new members the benefit of the doubt. Let's take it from here and hopefully learn about a new piece of equipment.
  13. bygeorge

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    Just to clarify any misunderstanding:
    I have replied to the moderator and webmaster asking for guidance on participation in this format. Again excuse my ignorance.

    First Pellet is the importer of the product for the US. They are distributing ONLY through the wholeale channel.
    www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS168264 06-Aug-2008 PRN20080806 - 73k -

    I am responsible for bringing Gerkros into Blodgett, training staff and training/ certifyiing installers. Blodgett Supply has sole distribution for all of VT, NH, 4 NY counties, and soon all of Maine.

    I hope this information dispels any questions that have been raised regarding this issue.
  14. webbie

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    Blodgett is a good company - many years ago they were some of the biggest and best distributors of our Tarm, Sime and other units.

    They can provide the whole ball of wax, from all the plumbing stuff to the names of local contractors who can install and service the units.

    Looks like more brands of pellet boilers are going to be hitting our shores!

    (Although I might have chosen a different name)
    :lol:
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    Are you moving forward with any sort of bulk pellet storage system? We'd really like to have a standardized truck fitting for outside pellet hookups, and if we coordinated on that we could save the marketplace some headaches a few years down the road. Since we're going to be in overlapping areas, and since you're introducing a new product (which looks like it depends on external storage from the gerkros website), we'd really like to make sure that pellet distributors who will be relying on trucks (full disclosure: we're a pellet distributor that relies on trucks as well as a boiler distributor) don't have to have two different kinds of delivery systems for two different types of storage.
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    The woodpecker has an internal hopper (prx 36 hrs) but we are working on 1 and 3 ton interior bulk units w/ feed systems. Want to produce these in the US, not import. Plan to offer "modular" options, ie: storage now fill with bags, add piping later as bulk delivery is available.
    We are looking at European standardized products including bonded hosing.
  17. Eric Johnson

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    Here's how they do it in Sweden.

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    dnwhe6@aol.com New Member

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    Did anyone see the artical in todays WallStreet Journal on pellet fueled appliances, well worth a read.
  19. Eric Johnson

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    Yeah, pretty grim if you're trying to buy one now. A co-worker's brother in Maine put $1,700 down over the summer and now they tell him they won't have the furnace until sometime next year. And when he tried to get his deposit back (to buy fuel oil this winter), he had to take it up the corporate ladder to get it back. "But we'll have to take you off the waiting list" they said.
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    sinnian Minister of Fire

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    NOPE, what did it say?
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  23. dnwhe6@aol.com

    dnwhe6@aol.com New Member

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    Did anyone get to see the WoodPecker Boiler working in vermont at the open house on saterday,I am going to the distributor show room on tuesday in Westchester to see the unit in action, would like a few opinons if possible
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    I HAVE BEEN TOLD BY MY INSURENCE COMPANY THAT IF I AM TO INSTALL A WOOD PELLET BOILER THAT DOES NOT CARRY UL391 CERTIFICATION THEN IN THE EVENT THAT THE APPLIANCE SHOULD CAUSE A FIRE OR DAMAGE TO MY PROPERTY MY POLICY WILL NOT COVER IT.I AM OK BECAUSE THE WOODPECKER BOILERS ARE UL LISTED AND APPROVED BY OMNI.BEWARE OF WOOD PELLET BOILERS THAT ONLY CARRY THE EUROPEAN EFFICENCY STANDARD.
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    Hi ,I'm not sure if you all have heard but gerkcros have gone into recievership (bust)
    I first saw these boilers when I worked for a renewable energy firm in the UK
    they are a clever design but are poorly put together the one I had to test at my home required quite a few adjustments to burn well.
    I'm surprised you guys in the US havent started making something like this for your own market all ger did was to bolt a ready made pellet burner onto one of his oil boilers he then got a grant fom the irish government and made his own
    anyone interest in a joint venture- i could do with a working holiday somewhere sunny
    best wishes dave from the old counrty
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