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Kodiak non-profit deploys new technology for heating their building

Courtesy Threshold

SmartHeat at Threshold

Threshold Services has deployed a new technology for heating their 

building. Do you ever wonder what happens to the used vegetable oil that 

people and businesses drop off at Threshold Recycling? In the past they 

have been using the clear vegetable oil in their waste oil furnace, but that has 

led to a tremendous accumulation of waste oil sludge – the thicker stuff with 

bits in it that stops up the furnace.


Threshold has been using a burner called a SmartAsh Burner for getting rid 

of the sludge. It is a special burner that can burn the substance in a clean, 

environmentally friendly way. Threshold’s director Ken Reinke said, “It is 

an excellent way of keeping the sludge out of the landfill, but it killed me to 

see that beautiful heat just going up in the air.”


Threshold received a grant from the Kodiak Island Borough to purchase the 

SmartHeat unit. A generous non-profit break on the purchase price from 

Spill Shield, Inc. in Anchorage and shipping help from Pacific Alaska 

Freightways completed the project funding. Ken Reinke says, “It is a heat 

exchanger that captures heat from the SmartAsh burner and transfers it into 

our building.” Ken Reinke again, “We are increasing diversion from the 

landfill and lowering our heating costs at the same time.”


Threshold is a non-profit corporation that was formed in 1984 to help people 

experiencing disabilities and other barriers to employment with jobs and 

training. They facilitate this mission by doing Kodiak’s recycling.


Threshold press release