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The Alliance for Green Heat pursues retailers advertising uncertified wood furnaces

Posted by Earth Stove on June 27, 2017 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , ,

Six of the nine retailers AGH contacted stopped advertising uncertified furnaces within two weeks

Indoor furnaces are usually in the
basement, but can be in a garage.  Either
option often leads to better fuel storage
practices than outdoor boilers and
greatly reduces jacket losses.

On May 15, 2017, EPA regulations took effect that required all wood furnaces to include smoke the law changed on May 15.
reduction technologies and be certified by third party test labs. Some furnace manufacturers started educating their retailers early and stopped shipping uncertified furnaces during the winter. Others continued to ship units, and many retailers continued to advertise and sell uncertified furnaces after

Indoor wood and coal furnaces—also called warm, hot air, or forced air furnaces—were very popular in the US through the early to mid-1900s, then gradually their lost market share as fossil liquid fuel furnaces gained traction in the late 1900s. Then, outdoor wood boilers gained favor, becoming a far worse threat to local air quality than indoor furnaces and boilers had been for decades.

The Alliance began contacting retailers advertising uncertified furnaces to find out whether they knew about the change in regulations and how responsive they would be to information about the change. “We believe that all manufacturers and retailers should play by the same rules, so that the ones who do follow the rules don’t get undercut by ones who do not,” said John Ackerly, President of the Alliance for Green Heat. “And, we found that many if not most retailers will stop advertising products that are not legal to sell if they are politely and professionally approached by an organization that is knowledgeable about the rules,” Ackerly said.

AGH Project Manager Melissa Bollman contacted nine retailers advertising uncertified furnaces. Of those, six stopped advertising those boilers within 2 weeks. Some of the furnaces were removed from the website entirely or are listed as unavailable, while other models that were previously advertised as capable of burning wood or coal have been rebranded as “coal only” to comply with EPA regulations.  Currently, if a stove or boiler is advertised as being able to burn wood, it must be tested and certified to burn wood.  (The EPA does not regulate coal heaters and some manufacturers have just added a grate and continue to sell the same unit as “coal only”.)

AGH efforts were not always effective, and a few retailers still appear to be advertising uncertified wood furnaces (see screenshots below). These include Sears’ online marketplace (orders fulfilled by the third party 123Stoves, Inc.), Homeclick, and HVAC direct. All screenshots were taken on June 22, 2017.

Houzz.com, Wayfair, and HVAC direct continue to sell uncertified wood furnaces or ones that are labeled wood/coal. The units they are selling are all made by US Stove Company, whose business model leaves it vulnerable to illegal sales of its units by multiple retailers.

AGH regularly monitors advertising by manufacturers and retailers in order to better educate consumers about misleading claims. We also publicize the names of manufacturers who provide better information and do not mislead consumers.

This continued advertising and sale of products that are no longer compliant highlights the danger that stranded inventory can pose for retailers when deadlines pass. If the 2020 emission rules are not delayed or changed, some wood stove retailers may get stuck with inventory that they are no longer allowed to sell, but are under pressure to unload to recoup their investment.

Without regulation, wood furnaces often sold for $ 1,000 – $ 2,000, less than many certified wood stoves. Even after the 2017 rules took effect, certified wood furnaces remain affordable with most selling for $ 2,100 to $ 3,200. Ten models are now certified, ranging from a more expensive European-designed pellet furnace at 89% efficiency to a very basic US Stove model 1330E that is 33% efficient.

However, the future of this class of wood heaters is far from secure, as EPA rules require wood furnaces to emit no more than 0.15 lbs/mmBtu as of 2020. Other than the European-designed pellet furnace, the other certified furnaces are not at all close to meeting that standard. Wood furnaces saw extremely little technological development until they were required to be certified between 2005 and 2017, and the sector is far behind the levels of controls that have been built into stoves and boilers.

Screenshots:


 https://hvacdirect.com/us-stove-1500-wood-coal-furnace.html 
 http://www.homeclick.com/vogelzang-vg1500-norseman-1500-sq-ft-wood-burning-add-on-furnace/p-878127.aspx

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Far more than forty,000 new, uncertified stoves bought every calendar year suggests EPA

Posted by Earth Stove on March 16, 2014 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , ,

The EPA recently unveiled a figure of 40,000 uncertified, exempt stoves being sold each 12 months. &nbspAn estimate on the quantity of income of these stoves experienced extended been sought by the EPA and other folks, but makers would not offer them. &nbspExempt wooden stoves are not required by the EPA to fulfill any emissions expectations and they are very likely to emit five to 10 occasions the smoke and particulates of an EPA accredited stove. &nbspThese exempt, uncertified stoves usually offer for $ 200 to $ 500 a piece. &nbspIn distinction, EPA licensed stoves typically start off all around $ 650. More and a lot more utilised EPA stoves are coming onto the second hand market place in the $ 300 – $ 800 price tag selection.

Lit’l Sweetie, a common exempt,
uncertified wood stove that has been
a popular vendor in the US
Because the 12 months 2000, about 135,000 EPA accredited wooden stoves and inserts have been offered each 12 months, making the forty,000 new, uncertified stove industry a appreciable part of total stoves product sales in the US.&nbsp To get a sense of the sturdy exempt wood stove market, buyers can research for “wood stove” at Amazon.com. &nbspUsually the majority of stoves revealed for sale on the web site are exempt, like barrel stove kits.
Next 12 months the EPA is proposing to ban the generation and sale of exempt wood stoves. &nbspThere is little doubt that the closing rule will put an conclude to the sale of stoves that do not need to meet emission standards.&nbsp At the EPA’s pubic hearing in Boston on the proposed regulations, Steve Vogelzang, founder of the business that could have bought the most exempt wooden stoves in the US, referred to as on the EPA to rethink their proposal, arguing that there is nevertheless a want for stoves like these to go into cabins and workshops. &nbspHe additional that, if the EPA moves ahead on the ban, “we are going to remove the most inexpensive stoves from the market.” &nbspTo read through the full evaluation of the effect of the EPA’s proposed restrictions, see pp. one hundred ten – one hundred forty four of the proposed rule.
A single problem with exempt stoves is making an attempt to preserve them out of jurisdictions that they are not allowed to be marketed in.&nbsp Washington and California have long banned new installations of them, and a lot of stores record those states as places they are not able to be shipped to.&nbsp They are also not allowed to be sold or put in in Oregon and the Denver and Salt Lake Town areas.&nbsp Vogelzang, almost certainly the greatest manufacturer of exempt stoves, does not give any details to shoppers on its site about where they can be shipped or set up. &nbspUS Stove, which now owns Vogelzang and is also a major manufacturer of exempt stoves, tells its shoppers that they simply cannot ship to Washington and California, but does not mention Oregon or components of Utah and Colorado. &nbspAccording to Paul Williams, Nationwide Income Supervisor for US Stove, while they could not have the data on their websites, when they get they calls and e-mails for exempt stoves, “our solution … is they are not transported to CA, OR, WA, CO and UT.”
Northern Instrument + Products, a significant in-retailer and on the internet retailer that sells exempt wooden stoves, advertises that the Vogelzang Lit’l Sweetie “meets or exceeds EPA specifications for exempt wood stoves.” &nbspIn truth, the Lit’l Sweetie does not fulfill or exceed any EPA emissions necessity, but is exempt from them. &nbspThe Alliance for Environmentally friendly Heat spotlighted this misleading advertising in September 2012 but misleading language is nevertheless frequent in commercials for exempt stoves. &nbspNorthern Tool’s site is programmed to not consider orders for exempt stoves from addresses in states the place exempt stoves can’t be delivered.
Amazon.com, a location many buyers change to for every day needs, might be the ideal major retail outlet for informing customers that exempt stoves simply cannot be shipped to WA, OR, CA, UT or CO. &nbspThe site has a assortment of sellers with merchandise descriptions and also permits for buyers to immediately inquire and answer queries about the solution. &nbspSimilarly, House-Depot is very good on equally supplying client information and regulating the getting of exempt stoves.&nbsp They obviously label the stove as EPA exempt, say that they are not able to ship to WA, OR, CA, UT or CO and the internet site will not enable customers obtain from people states.

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Uncertified Imported Stoves Brazenly Marketed on Craigslist

Posted by Earth Stove on March 9, 2013 with No Commentsas , , , , ,

Alliance for Eco-friendly Heat, December three, 2012 – New Masport wood stoves, produced in New Zealand but neither certified by the EPA nor exempted, have been advertised in the Washington DC location on Craigslist for several several years. A recent picture on Craigslist exhibits a place with several new, boxed Masport wooden stoves for sale: […]