A few weeks ago I read a post where in just a month or two it will be against the law for any wood stove retailer to sell any of the "OLDER"
rated stoves that they have in inventory. The implication was that there were some new rules and performance specs the new stoves
had to meet and ONLY those could be legally sold. Does anyone know when the latest NEW rules came out and how difficult will it be for
the stove mfgrs to meet. I fear they will go too far like they have with toilets that I have to flush twice always and sometimes three times
to get rid of the turds in the name of saving water. What a joke.
I love wood stoves and I have one from 20 years ago that works beautifully with an electric fan that blows air around the stove body and into the room when desired.
It also is airtight and it draws all the air for combustion from outside and none from inside to keep the heat inside.
I have lost track totally of what is happening in the industry and wonder if the govt has regulated wood stoves out of business to keep our air clean ?
If that is the case I suppose it is a worth while tradeoff especially in the worst SMOG areas.
There was an initial stage put in place in 2015, and on May 15, 2020 the next and more restrictive stage kicks in.
Expect some deals at your localwood stove dealer! I was talking with a dealer about installing a Danish design stove (for a rental property, where for logistical, technical and aesthetic reasons a RMH isn't appropriate) - and some of them are about to expire, regulatory wise. One particular stove exceeds the new standard but because the manufacturer has discontinued that stove in the US it isn't "approved" under the new rules and MUST be sold before the new rules take place or it becomes a paper weight.
There could be multiple threads on the problems/assumptions that go into these regs and why they look good but actually are far less effective than a proper RMH. And yes, although there may be some deals coming you should absolutely consider an RMH first.
Wood stoves can be great - but the new regs take aim at the ickle particles (pm 2.5) that are particularly insidious to our health. Hard to argue against reducing those, although I'm sure there are many arguments to be made that these rules are effective or ineffective in achieving these goals. I'm not going there.
Aim High. Fail Small.
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