Several months ago (maybe even a year ago) I was made aware that the EPA was looking at extra restrictions on wood-burning stoves/fireplaces/furnaces/etc.
I was, of course, less than thrilled at the idea. But I wasn’t worried about it for ourselves PERSONALLY. The stove we have is the Lopi Patriot and according to the manual its rated at 4.4Grams/hour (scroll down to the bottom of page 6):
4.4 Grams Per Hour (EPA Phase II Approved) – Tests conducted by E.E.S.P.C.
Well below the 7.5G/h for non-catalytic wood burning stoves that the EPA was going to require. Heck, its even within the stricter requirements for the state of Washington.
Guess what stove isn’t on the approved list.
And its not because its no longer in production. If you check the above linked list they list several stoves that are no longer in production.
Sure its not going to affect us NOW. But I suspect that if we ever have to move it, change it, or anything else that technically requires a permit from the town or county to do work involving it we could run into some issues…..