Vancouver Island firm BioFlame producing alternative heating source for the masses

By Don Bodger
The Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News
February 27, 2024
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Marcus Woernle

CHEMAINUS, BC — Marcus Woernle is a young innovator in an ever-evolving forest industry. Woernle, 38, has utilized his experience from the time he previously worked at the Crofton pulp mill as a power engineer to meet growing demands for the residential and commercial heat market while being environmentally conscious at the same time. That led him to establish BioFlame Briquettes, with a production plant located in the Chemainus Industrial Park. He’s the sole owner of the company, with a couple of additional employees and the chance for rapid expansion of the workforce in the future. “We make sawdust briquettes, they’re compressed sawdust bricks,” Woernle pointed out. “What we’ve recently got into which I think is going to be the future is we make a smaller briquette.” With limited natural gas available in many parts of the region, it seemed a natural to him for the development of the product for wood stoves.

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