First page of the Efficiency archive.

Massachusetts first in recognizing efficiency and automation in wood stove program

Posted by Earth Stove on March 18, 2017 with No Commentsas , , , , , , ,
Massachusetts has developed the first wood stove change out program in the country that recognizes the value of automated stoves and stoves that disclose their verified efficiency to consumers.  The 2017 program offers Massachusetts residents between $ 500 and $ 3,000 for upgrades, depending on the stove and income level of the family.
The Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program has committed $ 1.8 million in funding for change-outs from 2017 through 2019. The 2017 program represents the sixth round of funding since the program’s launch in 2012. The program has helped more than 1,400 residents swap out their non-EPA certified, inefficient stoves for newer, cleaner models, and approximately 500 of these rebates went to residents earning less than 80 percent of the state median income.
The program is like scores of others across the country, but Massachusetts is the first to give an additional rebate of $ 500 for pellet stoves and $ 250 for wood stoves that are above 65% efficient (actual tested efficiency reported to the EPA). Most manufacturers do not disclose the actual efficiency of their stoves but provide exaggerated, misleading efficiency values on their websites.
The program is run the by Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER).  It is also the first program that gives an additional rebate for stoves that have automated features and control the airflow with sensors or other devices, providing a cleaner burn for the consumer. 
Most stoves are eligible for a $ 500 – $ 1,250 rebate depending on how clean they are, but four automated stoves qualify for a $ 1,500 rebate, or a $ 2,750 rebate for income-qualified families.  Three of the four automated stoves also qualify for an additional $ 250 that have efficiencies above 65% that are verified by the EPA.
The additional rebate for automated stoves may only come to $ 250 or $ 500, but the recognition of this new class of stoves is a significant step for the stove industry.  These stoves are more known in Europe, but in the US, the terminology, rationale and classification of automated stoves is still in its infancy. 
The Mass program may be a sign of how change-out programs can adapt to changing wood stove technology.  Automated stoves help achieve one of the biggest challenges stoves face: how to get stoves to perform as well in the home as they did in the lab.  The Mass program explains, “The low emission and high efficiency lab test ratings are more likely to be realized in households because user error is minimized.” 
One of the next huge steps for wood stoves is to have them designed and tested with cord wood instead of 2x4s and 4x4s, the fuel they are designed for and tested with today.  In the next 2 or 3 years, change-out programs are likely to also start awarding additional rebates for stoves made by manufacturers willing to start designing and testing with cord wood, something that the new EPA stove regulations are making possible.
Stove eligibility
The EPA requires all stoves to emit 4.5 grams of particulate matter per hour or less, but the Mass program only allows stoves that emit under 3.5 grams.  The list of stoves eligible in Mass is 24 pages long and explains their rebate eligibility.  The Maine, Maryland, and New York programs also require lower gram per hour limits than the EPA.
The MassCEC does not allow gas stoves to participate in the program because Massachusetts statute prohibits them from providing incentives to fossil fuel use, said Peter McPhee, Renewable Thermal Program Director at the MassCEC.
Non-catalytic stoves: The Mass program is more aggressive than any other change-out program in providing bigger incentives for cleaner wood stoves.  They offer $ 500 for non-cat stoves that emit 3 – 3.5 grams per hour, $ 1,000 for stoves from 2 – to less than 3 grams per hour and $ 1,250 for stoves that emit less than 2 grams per hour.  Of the 309 non-cat stoves on the market today, 166 are eligible for some level of rebate because they emit 3.5 grams per hour or less.
Catalytic stoves: To be eligible, a catalytic stove must emit 2 grams per hour or less.  Of the 67 cat stoves on the market, 27 are under 2 grams and eligible.  Catalytic stoves under 2 grams get a $ 1,000 rebate, $ 250 less than a non-cat stove that is under 2 grams.
Pellet stoves: Like catalytic stoves, pellet stoves must emit 2 grams per hour or less, and are eligible for $ 1,250 (plus an additional $ 500 for an efficiency bonus, if they have a verified efficiency.)  Of the 115 pellet stoves on the market, 81 are eligible as they emit 2 grams an hour or less.  Providing similar rebates for wood and pellet stoves is increasingly rare as most change-out programs give 50 – 100% higher rebates for pellet stoves, compared to wood stoves.  Nationally, the median rebate for a wood stove is $ 600 for wood stoves and $ 1,000 for pellet stoves.
Automated stoves: Four stoves qualify as automated under this program: The Quadra Fire Adventure II and Adventure III, the MF Fire Catalyst and the RSF Delta Fusion.   All of these stoves break new ground in operating cleanly while drastically reducing the margin of human error, which is considerable. More European or American automated models are likely to come onto the market in coming years.

 Efficiency
A number of states are trying to include efficiency in their change-out programs, but Mass is the first to do so.  The underlying problem is that before 2015, stoves were not required to disclose their efficiency.  Today, only a quarter of wood stoves on the market disclose their actual, verified efficiency.  Stoves certified since May 2015 are required to test for and disclose their efficiency.  Some companieshave taken the extra step and voluntarily disclosed their actual efficiencies and do not exaggerate their numbers on promotional materials.
If a program only gave rebates to stoves with verified efficiencies, the consumer would only have 125 out of 500 stoves to choose from.  So, Mass chose not to make efficiency disclosure a requirement, but gives a $ 250 or $ 500 bonus for stoves that meet a minimum efficiency of at least 65%, well under the average stove efficiency which is around 70%.  This will likely drive sales towards manufacturers who disclose their efficiencies and will also educate consumers about the importance of selecting highly efficient wood and pellet stoves.  An additional $ 500 is significant.  More manufacturers may start to disclose their efficiencies to be eligible for higher rebates as other states begin to recognize efficiency as Mass did. 
Of the 38 pellet stoves that disclose actual efficiencies, four are not eligible for the change-out program as they emit more than 2 grams an hour, and 3 are not eligible for the $ 500 efficiency adder as they are less than 65% efficient.  This leaves 31 pellet stoves eligible for the $ 250 adder.
Of the 23 catalytic stoves with verified efficiencies, four are not eligible as they exceed 2 grams per hour and one of those four is under 65% efficient, leaving 19 eligible for the $ 500 adder. 
Of the 66 non-cat stoves with verified efficiencies, 17 exceed 3.5 grams and are not eligible for the program.  Two others are not eligible for the $ 250 adder as they are under 65% efficient.  This leaves 37 stoves eligible for the $ 250 efficiency adder.
Participating retailers
Residents must have the new stove installed by a Participating Stove Professional who follows the guidelines of the program, which includes ensuring the old, uncertified wood stove is destroyed.  There are currently 32 participating stove retailers, four of which are outside of Massachusetts and three of which are chimney sweep businesses.  However, MassCEC says that they expect a total of 40 – 50 in coming weeks. They are likely to be NFI or CSIA accredited, but are not requiredto be.  Residents are encouraged to find installers who are. 
Programs that require residents to work with participating retailers can effectively limit the range of stove models that they can buy.  Retailers like to install stoves that they sell, so they can make profit on both the sale and the install.  But some eligible stoves available at Home Depot can offer real bargains particularly for lower income families.  Some participating retailers or chimney sweeps may install stoves purchased elsewhere by consumers, but some may decline to do so.  Many eligible wood and pellet stoves are made by small companies and a few are made by companies that sell direct to consumers. They may have a harder time participating in this change out-program.
The rebate is provided to the participating retailer, not to the homeowner, which is common in change-out programs.  This enables the consumer to get the discount immediately at time of payment.  Participating retailers must promise not increase the price of stoves or installations for customers using the program.  And MassCEC promises to pay the rebate to the Stove Professional within thirty (30) days.
Income qualified
Another notable feature of the MassCEC program is its generous rebate levels for families that are well above the poverty line, but below the median income of Massachusetts families.  Families are eligible for the higher rebate amounts if they earn 80% of the median income that is $ 87,000 for a family of four and $ 59,000 for a family of two. 
“We wanted to be able to drive benefits towards more people who really need assistance in the up-front capital costs,” said Peter McPhee from MassCEC. 
Incomes are much higher in the Boston urban area than in the rest of the more rural state, so a majority of families will be eligible for the higher rebates in more rural areas where demand for wood and pellet heat is highest.  In the western Mass county of Berkshire, the median family income is about $ 50,000.  Total project costs are estimated to be an average of $ 3,000 to $ 4,300.  Income eligible families receive between $ 1,500 and $ 3,000, or 40% to 100% of project costs. 

MassCEC has held change-out programs for the past five years and pending funding, may hold more in the coming years.  The program has $ 1.8 million in funding for 2017 through 2019.  Program managers are not only aware of changing technology in wood stoves but also the changing policy landscape.  The EPA’s emission standards are under attack from the Republican right-wing in Congress and the main stove industry association is suing the EPA over them.  The MassCEC program manual hints that they will continue with the emission standards developed under the Obama Administration: “Should NSPS requirements be modified in the future, MassCEC will likely retain these future emissions level requirements.”

Heated Up!

Wooden and pellet stoves with true efficiency quantities

Posted by Earth Stove on June 18, 2016 with No Commentsas , , , , ,

The following seventy one wood and pellet stoves have been tested by accredited laboratories for efficiency. Buyers should consider acquiring 1 of these stoves if they want a stove that has a trustworthy effectiveness value. &nbspHowever, with wood stoves, the shown efficiency signifies what shoppers can get if they use dry wooden and give the stove ample air. &nbspWith pellet stoves, the performance described by the lab is a great approximation of the effectiveness the customer can expect. &nbsp

Consumers need to beware that most producer websites put up unreliable and exaggerated efficiencies, besides for a tiny team of businesses. &nbspSome businesses could not put up the efficiencies of their pellet stoves due to the fact they are poorly developed and have efficiencies below sixty five%. Simply click right here for an analysis of stove efficiencies.
How to go through this chart: Some of the Model Names have been shortened to in shape into the structure of this weblog. &nbspTo check out the formal supply of accredited stoves that would include the total product name(s), refer to the record of EPA licensed stoves. &nbspThe emission price is the quantity of grams of particulate issue that make up smoke, per hour. The genuine efficiency refers to a typical of the range of heat outputs that the stove is capable of, calculated using the CSA B415.one-ten, which makes use of the larger heating worth (HHV). Below type of stove, “Cat” refers to catalytic stoves, “Hybrid” refers to stoves that have the two catalytic and non-catalytic engineering, and “Non Cat” refers to non-catalytic stoves.

Manufacturer Title Product Identify Emission Fee G/Hr True Performance&nbsp Kind
Kuma Stove Inc. Sequoia 2.2 eighty four Cat&nbsp
Blaze King Industries KEJ 1107&nbsp 1.eight eighty two Cat&nbsp
Woodstock Soapstone Best Metal&nbsp 1. 82 Hybrid&nbsp
Blaze King Industries Princess PEJ &nbsp two.four 81 Cat&nbsp
Blaze King Industries Princess 35&nbsp 2.one eighty one Cat&nbsp
Ningbo Hongsheng Comfortbilt HP5 2.five 81 Pellet
Regency (FPI) Regency 3500 one.1 81 Cat&nbsp
Woodstock Soapstone Development Hybrid&nbsp one.three eighty one Hybrid&nbsp
Blaze King Industries Ashord Chinook&nbsp .eight 80 Cat&nbsp
Blaze King Industries Princess Insert &nbsp 2 eighty Cat&nbsp
Regency (FPI) LG Flushwood one.eight 80 Cat&nbsp
Travis Industries Insert Hybrid&nbsp .six eighty Hybrid&nbsp
Travis Industries Cape Cod&nbsp .five eighty Hybrid&nbsp
England’s Stove Functions 25-SSP01 .56 seventy nine Pellet
Regency (FPI) F5100&nbsp 1.5 seventy nine Cat&nbsp
Travis Industries Rockport .eight seventy eight Cat&nbsp
Seraph Industries Genesis 108 2.1 seventy eight Pellet&nbsp
Blaze King Industries Chinook Sirocco&nbsp one.three 77 Cat&nbsp
Jotul North The united states&nbsp F55 3.5 seventy six Non Cat
Travis Industries Modest Flush &nbsp&nbsp .nine 76 Hybrid&nbsp
Blaze King Industries Chinook Sirocco&nbsp one. 75 Cat&nbsp
Jotul North The us&nbsp F118 CB three.5 75 Non Cat
Pacific Power Hearth TN20 two.one seventy five Non Cat
Pacific Power Hearth Neo 1.six, Insert three.nine 75 Non Cat
Pacific Energy Fireplace&nbsp Neostone 1.6 three.four seventy five Non Cat&nbsp
Sherwood Industries Enviro 1700l 4.five seventy five Non Cat
Jotul North The usa&nbsp F600 four.one 74 Non Cat
Jotul North America&nbsp F45 2.3 74 Non Cat
Jotul North The united states&nbsp F500 three.two 74 Non Cat
Pacific Strength Hearth Neo two.5, insert&nbsp two.nine seventy four Non Cat&nbsp
Travis Industries Evergreen three.six seventy four Non Cat
Travis Industries 42CVT Wooden .seven 73 Cat&nbsp
American Strength Sys. Baby Country S one seventy three Pellet
Boru Stove Firm Carraig Mor&nbsp three.9 seventy three Non Cat&nbsp
Jotul North The usa&nbsp F118 Black Bear three 73 Non Cat
Jotul North The usa&nbsp Tamarack 4.four 73 Non Cat
Jotul North The us&nbsp F3CBII 3.8 73 Non Cat
Jotul North The us&nbsp F602 CB 3.four seventy three Non Cat
Jotul North The usa&nbsp F100 Nordic three 73 Non Cat
Kuma Stove Inc. Ashwood 3.5 seventy three Non Cat
Kuma Stove Inc. Scot HT-one 3.five 73 Non Cat
Kuma Stove Inc. Wooden Basic three.3 73 Non Cat
Travis Industries 42CVT Hearth .7 73 Non Cat
Unforgetable Fire Katydid one.9 73 Non Cat
Jotul North The us&nbsp 50TL two.eight seventy two Non Cat
Kuma Stove Inc. Aspen four.one 72 Non Cat
Sherwood Industries Enviro 1200, i&nbsp 3.four seventy two Non Cat&nbsp
American Strength Sys.&nbsp Minor Rascal 1.one 71 Pellet
Blaze King Industries Briarwood II/ninety&nbsp 3.5 seventy one Non Ca&nbsp
Fireplace &amp House Tech. Mt. Vernon AE 1.seven 71 Pellet
Hearth &amp Home Tech. Accentra-2 .62 71 Pellet&nbsp
Jotul North The us&nbsp C550 CB 4.five 71 Non Cat
Jotul North America&nbsp F602 CB&nbsp 3.4 71 Non Cat&nbsp
Even Temp, (St. Croix) Prescott EXP EXL .53 70 Pellet
England’s Stove Functions 15-SSW02 three.five 70 Non Cat
Quadrafire (HHT) Explorer III 2.nine 70 Non Cat
Quadrafire (HHT) Explorer II 2 sixty nine Non Cat
Wiseway Pellet Stove GW1949 one.nine sixty nine Pellet
Jotul North The usa&nbsp Castine F400 3.8 sixty eight Non Cat
US Stove Company 1269E four.2 68 Non Cat
American Power Sys. 3500, 01 &amp 02 1 sixty seven Pellet&nbsp
Fireside &amp House Tech. Advance one.eight 67 Pellet&nbsp
Pacific Energy Fireplace&nbsp FP 25 3.five sixty seven Non Cat
Even Temp (St. Croix) Hastings 1.1 66 Pellet
Even Temp (St. Croix) Ashby-P 1 sixty six Pellet&nbsp
Jotul North The united states&nbsp F370 2.6 66 Non Cat
Enjoyable Hearth, GHP&nbsp WS-2720-B 4.five sixty six Non Cat
Pacific Strength Fireplace PF16 3.one sixty five Non Cat&nbsp
US Stove Company 5660E, one.nine sixty two Pellet
Sherwood Industries EF2, Chatham,&nbsp 1.8 fifty eight Pellet

Heated Up!

EPA Declines to Release Efficiency Data on Wood Pellet Stoves

Posted by Earth Stove on July 18, 2015 with No Commentsas , , , , , ,

On Thursday, the EPA said it would not release efficiency data on pellet stoves, one of the most popular renewable energy technologies in American homes.  About one million homes use pellet stoves in the United States, yet none of the major stove manufacturers disclose the tested efficiency of their products.  The EPA recently set stricter […]

EPA Requests Outdoor Boiler Organizations to Remove Disputed Efficiency Scores

Posted by Earth Stove on May 30, 2013 with No Commentsas , , , , , , ,

On May possibly nine, the EPA sent letters to manufacturers of outside boilers requesting that they get rid of effectiveness details for EPA competent designs tested with EPA’s Method 28 OWHH from websites and all printed components. The EPA sent them new hangtags with out efficiencies to exchange the aged kinds.&nbsp The letters, signed by […]

Confirmed Pellet Stove Efficiency Essential to Industry Success

Posted by Earth Stove on April 6, 2013 with No Commentsas , , , , , ,

The pellet sector has been developing certification standards to make certain that consumers know the top quality of the pellets they are getting, but a comparable problem is currently being ignored when it comes to the products that makes use of the pellets—the performance of the stoves. There is virtually no credible info offered to […]

ACEEE claims Wooden Stoves Should Have Greater Efficiency for Tax Credits

Posted by Earth Stove on March 3, 2013 with No Commentsas , , , , , , ,

Group finds the greatest “bang” for the tax credit history “buck” includes heating appliances these kinds of as wood stoves &nbsp Alliance for Environmentally friendly Warmth, twelve/12/12 – Properly-focused strength effectiveness tax incentives will result in significant strength personal savings and a lot more vitality-successful merchandise getting released into the market quicker, according to Steven […]