I agree, a lot of the newer wood furnaces I was looking at are no longer made and a few of the companies are no longer in business or the prices have risen. I don't like my current furnace, but be darned if I'm dropping $6k on an epa stove that doesn't heat the house any better then what I've got.Hope you have good "credits".
Another crooked 3 letter organization in my book, but I appreciate you doing what you can.
Yep.I agree, a lot of the newer wood furnaces I was looking at are no longer made and a few of the companies are no longer in business or the prices have risen. I don't like my current furnace, but be darned if I'm dropping $6k on an epa stove that doesn't heat the house any better then what I've got.
The EPA is developing a new test method, called a FEDERAL REFERENCE METHOD (FRM). They are looking at piece size, piece shape, bark, loading densities etc. All questions that were in the survey. It should be noted the team developing the FRM are extremely interested in data so as to build a method that most accurately represents real world usage. I know all of the staff and have worked along side them for 20+ years. They do not want a method based upon suppositions.Good shake up or bad?
The method was never intended to represent emissions from real world burning. The OM7 method (crib fuel) was developed so one stoves performance could be compared to another stoves performance. This method reduce significantly variability. New cord wood methods will not allow consumers to compare stoves, but instead, regulators will know how a particular stove burns on a very limited number of wood species. Ideally, the method would combine the two, but EPA will not bend on this matter.Stove regulations are one of the good things that have come out of the EPA. My EPA stove doesn't smoke much on a cold start and does not smoke at all once it's going. When I get the pipe cleaned they remark on how clean it is for the amount of wood I burned. The stuff that would be in the smoke and pipe is getting burned, so I get more heat. It's not a cat stove either, so there's no added maintenance. It does need dry wood, but that just requires planning ahead.
@bkvp, thanks for gathering the data so the tests can be more accurate. The older test using 2x4s and 4x4s looked like it might not be so representative of what real people burn.