The EPA’s new standards would reduce emissions by one-third next year and by 80 percent in five years. The proposed rule would not affect existing woodstoves currently in use at this time in people’s homes.
I would be willing to bet that it’s going to make them a lot more valuable in the future. They will no longer be as valuable for a trade in on a new stove as they once were but I would be willing to bet that it’s going to create a new market for them with second party sales.
Only weeks after EPA enacted its new stove rules, the attorney general’s of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont, sued the EPA to crack down on wood-burning water heaters as well. They claimed that the new regulations didn’t go far enough to decrease particle pollution levels.
Wood is the oldest heating method known to mankind and the mainstay of many rural homes. The agency’s one-size-fits-all rules will apply equally to homes in the cities as well as those in the off-grid wilderness areas of New England.
Don’t worry though; nothing has been mentioned yet about banning outdoor fireplaces, fire pits or chimineas. Or worse yet, enacting federal winter no burn days such as those now in place in the State of Utah or in the city of Denver Co.
Remember, when possible, stay warm my friend.
I'm looking out the window and watching the snow fall again, and then I think about the gas bill for last month's heating that arrived in the mail yesterday. I have to get a wood stove. very soon