Proposed crackdown on wood stoves and smoke sparks backlash in some rural areas

  • Article by: DAVID A. LIEB , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 23, 2014 - 10:20 AM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A federal proposal to clean up the smoke wafting from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers who fear it could close the damper on one of the oldest ways of warming homes on cold winter days.

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idiocracy2uFeb. 23, 1411:19 AM

A federal proposal to clean up the smoke wafting from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers who fear it could close the damper on one of the oldest ways of warming homes on cold winter days. - This is not about protecting the environment, our air is cleaner than ever. It is about keeping people from using a cheaper form of energy. It is hard to addict people to government when they are self sufficient and don't need a handout. Check how you vote and how much you receive from the government benefactors!

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fromupnortFeb. 23, 1411:40 AM

Agenda 21 is here to save the earth from us, the useless eaters. And you are correct idiocracy2U, it's about dependency and control. But it will not work, man has an innate spirit to be free.

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Seawaves AheadFeb. 23, 1412:21 PM

This is another example of this Administration's rule by fiat and their disdain for the legislative process. They outlaw wood burning stoves for one reason only; they cannot collect a tax on firewood like the do with other forms of energy.

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texas_technomanFeb. 23, 1412:34 PM

Wood stoves exist today that can burn clean. The EPA had a contest last year attended by all the big wood stove manufacturers. Woodstock Soapstone won the prize, highly efficient and clean burning. So it's not impossible to build a stove that burns clean...

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luzhishenFeb. 24, 14 7:39 AM

"This is not about protecting the environment, our air is cleaner than ever." - Read the article, and the legislators who want the ban in Utah are hardly flaming liberals. Ever been to the Cache Valley in winter? It is worse than LA ever was, and is a real health hazard.

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holmescity49Feb. 24, 14 9:22 AM

A winter ban on wood burning kind of defeats the purpose doesn it? Thinking back to the pioneers crossing the Great Plains where there was no wood, they used buffalo "chips" for their fires. The EPA only said "wood burning". Your neighbors will love it. Should the EPA fine the National Forestry Dept when there is a forest fire for smoke, soot and ash? Who should have been fined for Mt St Helens? Just build a fire outside the stove so they have no juristiction.

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heckyousayFeb. 24, 1412:00 PM

re" "A properly burning wood fire — there's virtually no smoke or smell," said Executive Director Scott Salveson -- Very true, so please be courteous of what you're burning. It does make a difference!

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shirleyb28Feb. 24, 14 7:00 PM

Bull crap! With any fire there is particulate matter released into the air. Many might remember their physics lesson that matter cannot be created or destroyed. It only changes form. Even if you cannot see much smoke the particulate matter is still being released.

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davehougFeb. 24, 14 7:10 PM

There's not a stove in the United States that can pass the test right now — this is the death knoll of any wood burning = = = Is this how the law to establish the EPA was sold :) Truly there should be limits, but let the legislators accountable to voters set the limits, not a judge nor some administrator.

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benedict636Feb. 25, 1412:13 AM

This won't work in the Minnesota North Woods. If they put the manufacturers out of business, we will just go out to our welding shops and build our own.

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