Posted by Earth Stove on October 5, 2016
In reaction to a Independence of Information Act request filed by the Alliance for Inexperienced Warmth, Fireside & Residence Technologies (HHT) and Ravelli unveiled real effectiveness figures for many of their common pellet stove models.  Efficiencies ranged from fifty six% to 76%.
Wooden and pellet stoves certified after May 2015 must take a look at for and disclose their performance to consumers, as necessary by new EPA restrictions. Prior to these restrictions, stove producers claimed that any accessible performance information was private and they usually did not give it to consumers.
Nevertheless, several organizations provided the performance information to the EPA as element of the certification process.
The Alliance for Environmentally friendly Warmth, based on its legal counsel, argued that the EPA could not keep effectiveness knowledge it gathered prior to May possibly 2015 private since it was based mostly on emission knowledge, and emissions data can’t be private.
In July 2015 the EPA declined to launch the efficiencies to the Alliance,
in keeping with its longstanding apply that they would hold all data private if it was submitted as Private Business Details (CBI).
At first, the Alliance experienced questioned for the weighted typical efficiency as nicely as the effectiveness from each and every of the 4 burn charges that labs use to take a look at stoves.
The Alliance agreed to drop the ask for for the individual burn price efficiencies and only request the average.
Primarily based on that adjust, HHT and Ravelli agreed to allow the EPA to launch their effectiveness figures to the Alliance with some conditions.
The EPA provided a closing reaction with a data sheet
(pdf) hooked up.
The performance figures (HHV based on B415.1) from that knowledge sheet are:
Organization        Model                         Effectiveness
Accentra 52i insert
Mt Vernon E2
Mt Vernon AE
The Alliance asked for effectiveness data for these certain models, together with numerous other folks, due to the fact we have been in the process of independently tests a assortment of pellet stoves.
The Alliance was also attempting to encourage the EPA to change their coverage and disclose all effectiveness knowledge, even if that performance information had been marked as Private Organization Details.
The Alliance argued
|The Ravelli RV80 was tested at
fifty six% efficiency by a EPA
accredited test lab.
that performance was of these kinds of standard significance to shoppers and that maintaining it confidential served no valuable goal. That try was unsuccessful.  The Alliance is not appealing.
The 5 freshly unveiled real effectiveness figures are not incorporated on the EPA’s record of qualified stoves
, the place about 20% of the stoves have real efficiencies outlined.
Except for a single of the Ravelli’s, these five stoves all have about average or above common efficiencies.
The Ravelli RV80 is only fifty six% successful.
Nearly all stoves assert to be seventy five% successful
to be qualified for the $ three hundred federal tax credit, and EPA listing or disclosure that reveals the stove is not even 60% successful does not appear to deter companies from continuing to claim eligibility for the tax credit rating.