Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association Searches February 13, 2007 Patio Trends Island Hammocks in the Florida Keys Attracts Customers and Boosts Sales with Outback Chair's Remarkably Relaxing Hanging Furniture **HPBA** Emediawire (press release) - Ferndale, WA February 13, 2007 Outdoor Wood-fired Hydronic Heaters Bath considering ban on wood boilers MaineToday.com - Portland, ME February 13, 2007 Dennis Hoey Springdale may ban wood-fired boilers Community Press-Cincinnati, OH February 8, 2007 Andrea Reeves Island Hammocks in the Florida Keys Attracts Customers and Boosts Sales with Outback Chair's Remarkably Relaxing Hanging Furniture **HPBA** Emediawire (press release) - Ferndale, WA February 13, 2007 "Outside-the-Box" Hanging Chairs from Outback Chair Company Offer Lofty Comfort and Prove to be Popular with Island Hammocks' Customers San Diego, Calif. and Miami, Fla. (PRWeb) February 13, 2007 -- Island Hammocks (www.islandhammocks.net) is located in Tavernier, Fla. at mile marker 89.2 on Plantation Key in the beautiful Florida Keys. Paige Remington, who started the store with her sister in 1997, has found that hanging chairs from Outback Chair Company have proven to be popular with her customers, and she is especially excited about offering the new Double Lounger from Outback Chair. Remington does extensive research to find the very best product lines so that Island Hammocks can offer a wide selection of styles, functionality and prices. "For my customers, I love to find distinctive products with unique styling and comfortable feeling - items they just will not find at a big-box store," she said. "That's why I sell hanging chairs from Outback Chair Company." She began selling hanging chairs from Outback Chair in 2001. In addition to the Air Chair (Outback Chair Company's original product), Island Hammocks offers the Outback Lounger, which is a very strong seller. "There is nothing out there comparable to the Outback Lounger. The wide, curved wooden arms make these hanging chairs truly different and exceptionally comfortable," said Remington. "People come into our store intending to buy a hammock, but if they try an Outback Lounger, they'll most often leave with one or two of them." Hanging chairs offer a different experience than hammocks. They are an ingenious combination of upright seating with the airy, floating feeling of softly swaying in a hammock. Since you sit up in a hanging chair, many people find them to be more comfortable for lounging, reading, chatting with family and friends and enjoying their favorite summertime beverages. Moreover, hanging chairs take up less room. With hanging chairs, consumers can enjoy relaxing in a hammock-like product, even if they do not have the space for a hammock on their patio, terrace, deck or screened-in porch. And hanging chairs can be enjoyed indoors, too, in family rooms or home entertainment areas. Island Hammocks services local decorators and landscape designers who are seeking hanging furniture applications for their clients. But tourists, fishermen and vacationers, are the mainstay of the store's customer base. "It may sound clichéd, but while the guys go fishing, the gals go shopping," said Remington. Remington enjoys engaging customers in the hanging chair experience. "We invite them to try a hanging chair right away," explained Remington. "In contrast to the clerks in a huge home center or big discount store, we are knowledgeable about our products and can answer questions and offer suggestions on where our customers might enjoy a hanging chair in their outdoor living areas. Once they experience the ultimate in relaxation - what Outback Chair calls the 'attitude of latitude' - most often, they want to take one home." Island Hammocks enjoys repeat business from customers who stop by the store once or even twice during their annual visits to the Keys. Thus, Remington is committed to keeping product presentation fresh and inviting. She and her staff regularly rotate and change the products on display in the store's upstairs showroom and trademark outdoor fitting room. That is why Remington is now selling the new Outback Double Lounger. "Many of my customers have asked for hanging chairs with room for two," she said. "If folks are looking for a modern re-interpretation of the old-fashioned porch swing, the Outback Double Lounger is just the thing." The Double Lounger's seat is 45 inches wide, 18 inches wider than the standard Lounger seat. And just like the single Lounger, it is constructed with a UV-treated, 600x600 denier polyester fabric that is durable and easy to clean. Color choices include navy blue, green, burgundy, sand and camouflage. Two fabric options are available: smooth or basket weave. The Double Lounger features 1.5inch thick closed cell foam seat cushioning and wide, curved arms fashioned in varnished hardwood. And it even comes complete with two cup holders for those thirst-quenching beverages. Media Interviews: Paige Remington, co-owner of Island Hammocks, is available for media interviews. Store and Product Photos: Island Hammocks store photos and photos of Outback Chair Company's hanging furniture products are available to members of the media upon request. Upcoming Tradeshows for Outback Chair Company: Outback Chair Company will exhibit its hanging furniture, including the Outback Lounger and Double Lounger, at the Florida Pool & Spa Show, February 22-24, 2007, Booth 233, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.; Western Pool & Spa Show, March 1-3, 2007, Booth 1011, Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, Calif.; Hearth, Patio & Barbeque (HPBA) Expo, March 15-17, 2007, Booth 567, Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nev.; and the National Hardware Show and Lawn & Garden World, May 8-10, Booth W1765, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. About Outback Chair Company, Inc.: When selecting casual furniture, discerning consumers seek exceptional value: imaginatively designed, well-made furniture that provides genuine comfort at a sensible price. For these consumers, and the retailers who serve them, Outback Chair Company manufactures and distributes the most complete line of remarkably relaxing hanging furniture. Suspended from the ceiling of a porch or swaying gently from a frame out back on a patio, by the pool or in the garden, Outback's hanging furniture - including chairs, loungers, recliners and hammocks - offers lofty comfort that raises relaxation to serene heights. Founded in 1997, Outback Chair Company (www.outbackchair.com) is headquartered in San Diego, Calif. ### Bath considering ban on wood boilers MaineToday.com - Portland, ME February 13, 2007 Dennis Hoey BATH - The city of Bath is expected to enact a one-year moratorium banning the installation and operation of outdoor furnaces, including wood boilers. Bath will join the growing list of agencies across the United States that have regulated outdoor furnaces because of concerns that the devices pose environmental and health risks. The Falmouth Town Council is scheduled to hold a workshop tonight with its conservation commission to discuss potential health effects of outdoor wood boilers and what steps could be taken to lessen their effect. "Just think of a dense cloud of smoke hanging over an area that is as densely settled as Munjoy Hill (in Portland)," said James Upham, Bath's director of planning and development. "We have some neighborhoods in Bath like that. The impact would be devastating." The Bath City Council plans to take up the measure March 7. The panel already has approved a first reading of the proposal. City officials said they were driven to craft a moratorium after learning about a Bowdoinham family that is considering leaving its home because of pollution they claim is being generated by a neighbor's outdoor wood furnace. Upham said the stacks on outdoor furnaces are closer to the ground than the chimney on a rooftop, which means that the smoke from the furnace tends to spread horizontally rather than rising up into the atmosphere before dissipating. In addition, Upham said the current line of outdoor furnaces and wood boilers burn inefficiently, which means the smoke has more environmental contaminants. Bath's code enforcement officer, Scott Davis, said councilors gave preliminary approval to the moratorium on the condition it be reviewed in March 2008. Davis said industry changes could make the wood furnaces more efficient, which would warrant a reconsideration of the moratorium. He noted that Washington state has banned the use of outdoor wood furnaces, while New York has adopted a partial ban. Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it had reached a voluntary agreement with manufacturers to make cleaner outdoor wood-fired heaters available for purchase in 2007. According to the EPA, the new heaters will be about 70 percent cleaner than models now on the market. A resolve has been introduced in the Legislature that would allow the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to establish rules to set emissions standards for outdoor wood boilers. DEP spokesman Scott Cowger said, "We felt we needed to do something because more and more municipalities are starting to enact their own rules. We could end up having patchwork rules for towns across the state. We feel that it is important to get this in place before the next wood-burning season." Edward Hawkes said he burns about four cords of wood a week in the winter in an outdoor wood furnace to heat three greenhouses at Hawkes Farm and Garden in North Bath. City officials say Hawkes will be grandfathered because he installed the furnace three years ago. Hawkes said he can understand why the city might want to restrict their use in densely populated neighborhoods. "We've never had any problems with people saying anything," said Hawkes, whose business is located off Bay Shore Road. "We've got cows across the street and a tree farm behind us." Still, any attempt by the state or federal government to prohibit their use probably would hurt his family-owned business. "If I had to buy oil, I'd have to get out of this business," Hawkes said. Springdale may ban wood-fired boilers Community Press-Cincinnati, OH February 8, 2007 Andrea Reeves SPRINGDALE - City Council may ban outdoor, wood-fired boilers. While no one in Springdale has one of these boilers, Councilwoman Marjorie Harlow said the city's Board of Health is recommending City Council prohibit the outdoor, woodfired boilers. "We want to be proactive," Harlow told council Feb. 7. "We don't live in a rural area and we didn't want residents to buy something that could be harmful to their neighbors," Harlow said. Outdoor wood-fired boilers are water heaters used to heat a building. They use fire in a large fire box to heat water that is then circulated into a building via underground pipes. The box looks like a small building with an 8- to-10-foot smoke stack and is located outside of the structure being heated. The outdoor boilers have a tendency to produce more smoke, since they operate on a slow fire, according to the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, one of the resources used by the Board of Health to research the issue. That same resource states that wood smoke contains a mixture of at least 100 different compounds, including ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides, particulates, and sulfur dioxide - pollutants the EPA says cause coughing and difficult or painful breathing, or pneumonia, bronchitis and other lung diseases. With smoke stacks many feet closer to the ground than a chimney, Harlow said these boilers are cause for concern, since they would likely be burning constantly during the winter, emitting smoke closer to the ground. These boilers generally use either seasoned or green wood for fuel, but Harlow said there's nothing to stop people from burning other items in the fire. "It's a quality of air issue," she said. "The chimneys are only so tall on those, and the smoke goes into the air and is breathed by residents. "So if you're living next door to a person who has asthma, or has a child who has asthma, it's a health hazard to have heavy smoke in the area." The boilers are expensive, costing about $6,000 per unit. "We would hate for residents to purchase something like that and have neighbor problems," she said.