Democrats, EPA crack down on wood-burning at home

Burning wood just isn’t green enough.

Only weeks after the Environmental Protection Agency effectively banned 80 percent of the wood-burning stoves money-saving Americans use to heat their homes, the attorneys general of seven states are suing to force the agency to crack down on wood-burning water heaters.

woodboiler1117The suit argues that the oldest heating method known to man – and a mainstay of poor, rural homes – is a health hazard, according to CNS News. .

The lawsuit, filed last month by the attorneys general of Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont – Democrats all, obviously – demands that the EPA start regulating the heaters. The plaintiffs claim the devices “increase particle pollution to levels that cause significant health concerns,” according to CNS News.

Suing the EPA to get stricter about regulation is like suing Joe Biden to say something stupid,

so the lawsuit is clearly friendly to the regulators of the Obama-hyper state. They get to impose their will on the rest of us again, with the cover of a court order.

“There’s no real dispute here,” Dr. Dale Dunn, a physician and policy adviser for the conservative Heartland Institute, told CNS News.

The lawsuit, he said, is “more akin to professional wrestling than an actual case. It’s another expansion of the leviathan.”

“EPA wants them to file the lawsuit because it wants to put the new regulation in effect, but it doesn’t have the statutory authority to do so,” Dunn said. “It’s like Brer Rabbit saying, ‘Please don’t throw me in the briar patch!’”

The lawsuit comes just after the EPA “cracked down” on wood-burning stoves by banning 80 percent of them from use – “forced” by a court order, naturally. The action also follows the out-of-control agency’s pattern of doing with regulation what it can’t do with democracy: “greenhouse gas” rules, King Canute-like fuel economy standards for cars (62 mpg by 2025), and its war on the coal industry.

We have three more years of an Obama EPA, which wants nothing more than to regulate every jot and tittle of American life, from doctor’s offices to the wood poor people use to heat their water.

A boiling point is coming – and Democrats in Congress know it.

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Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].


194 thoughts on “Democrats, EPA crack down on wood-burning at home

  1. withavengeance says:

    NOW they’ve really gone too far. When the govt. starts invading your private home…one step closer to a revolution…2000’s style. The govt. is playing with fire (no pun intended).

  2. Cecilia Trevino says:

    The EPA is now too full of itself and, is overstepping their boundaries.

  3. working4change says:

    Lol they can come arrest me and see how well that goes… they want to remove all fuels they CANT tax… wood is free if you own the land. Soon enough if dont getvride of this traitor, he will be taxing the rain water that hits your land. Yep bill is real they will tax people based on rain fall averages.

    Reasons, well water usage, fertilizers, and water contamination filtering of run off water and other costs. Even if you dont use a well and will be taxes even on driveway and parkin areas.

    gone democrat said they will pass thousands of regs… repubilcans will be lost in red repealing they cant do anything productive. . They know their losing in 2014 and pissing in the drinking water be fore giving up the well.

    1. Jeff Spencer says:

      Hey, working4change, check out my posts here about the new Rocket Mass Heaters. U’re gonna love it. They make all the sense in the world, and are so much safer than conventional wood burning stoves. I’m converting all of mine over, all 4 of them! 🙂

  4. Alice Ross says:

    I believe that it is just reasonable to stop burning of these stoves or fire places that are not approved or certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. We understand that these stoves or furnaces are basically loaded up and run for many hours. As you can see, they can make amazing quantities of smoke which is a health hazard. That is why, we should choose wisely and get those that are not a threat to our community, environment and to our neighbors. -

    1. Jeff Spencer says:

      I agree Alice, those old methods of heating w/wood are extremely inefficient and highly polluting, but they’ve now got some new OWB units that are utilizing reverse flow catalyst systems that are cleaner burning, and much more efficient, but also much more expensive. I’ve found a much more cost effective alternative though that blows them away, as well as any other conventional wood burning stove available today. Check out my 2 posts here, and U may even want to consider switching over too!
      Even if U’re on the industry std. nat. gas, propane, or electric heating systems, b/c it’d be worth it, no matter how U slice it… More money in Ur pocket. 🙂

  5. Jeff Spencer says:

    It’s true, the older style OWB’s, and many still in production today do produce an awful lot of perticulate matter, except for the newer designed catalytic ones. I know, b/c a neighbor of mine actually relocated the one that he has b/c they were getting to many contaminants in their house where it was originally placed. And yes, fireplaces are the most polluting, contaminating, and least effecient ways to burn wood for heat, even the “Heat-a-later” models are still extremely inefficient, especially when compared to the conventional wood burning stoves which are run on the interior of the dwelling, which are also very inefficient when compared to the new technology of burning wood today. What I’m talking about that everyone needs to get onto the same page on here is the new Rocket Mass Heater wood burning systems. We just finished displacing one of my old barrel stoves w/one in one corner of my building here, and they are something to “write home” about! These things are at least 7-8 times as efficient as any conventional wood burner sold anywhere today. Because of their efficiency they are also capable of burning all dropped leaves, saw chip, saw dust, and tree bark w/almost no emissions other than low levels of CO and CO2. The way they do this is w/extremely high operating temps internally, and outgoing flu temps that are only around 130° F or so. W/no creosote buildup in the flu pipe system that is even worth mentioning, b/c the unit also burns up all of the creosote at the temps that it runs at, and he BTU yield from them is double what a conventional wood burning stove can attain. The “Cob bench” that is built around and over it’s flu pipe system then wicks the heat from the flu pipe, and slowly dissipates it over the next 24-36 hrs. after a fire has been burned. There is no burned wood smell from these units, either interior, or from it’s flu pipe externally, only a little bit of water vapor sometimes as Ur cob mass is drying, or if U’re burning wet wood. And by saying that they’re 7-8 times as efficient as a std. wood burning stove, I’m not kidding. They claim that they’re 8 times as efficient, but I’d argue 7 times based on the trials that I’ve run here in mine. We processed exactly the same amounts of wood for both the std. wood burning stove that I use here in my room, and the new Rocket Mass Heater that we’ve not quite completed construction on yet in another wing of my building here, and what I experienced, in my opinion, was totally unbelievable. We ran the Rocket Mass Heater for 7 days on the same amount of wood that it took my conventional unit only one day to burn through! But I have to be fair about the comparison, b/c the Rocket Mass Heater probably could’ve been 8 times as efficient, b/c in the area that I was using it the temps. became almost unbearable, and I was also using it w/that wing’s door to the hall system in my building open, so that we could relieve some of the overheat in that wing, and boost the hall system’s temps, which it also did, by several degrees F. An amazing invention, and an amazing wood burning heater. The other benefits of this system besides it’s almost zero emissions, is that it’s not taxing it’s flu pip system, or contaminating it, so the risk of flu fire’s completely eliminated, and flu pipe system maintenance and replacement’s gonna become almost non-existent. Then, looking at it realistically, at 8 times the efficiency, that’s 1/8th the amount of wood that one has to harvest, process, and move. That’s going to equate into a multitude of saved man hrs., as well as wear and tear on both U and Ur equipment. And if U’re buying processed firewood, plan on only 1/8th the expense now to fuel one of these babies, while experiencing the benefits of double the heat output, and comfortable interior temps the next morn. when U get up b/c of the radiant effectiveness of the cob mass of the system. All I can say now is that I can’t say enough positive about these things now after experiencing my first one, and can’t wait to displace the rest of my wood burners in her w/these babies. To tell the truth, I hate wasting one more stick of wood in any of my conventional wood burners if I could avoid it, but it’s cold out here now, so oh well, need the heat. Shoot…

    Look ’em up on YouTube, there’s a lot about them out there. U can start here, these people are very good.

    and here’s another…

    Good luck, stay warm, and happy wood burning everyone! 🙂

  6. Jeff Spencer says:

    Oh ya everyone, I forgot to mention that after running my new Rocket Mass Heater flat out for extended runs for 7 days only generated about 1/5th of a 5 gal. bucket of ash, b/c it burns up all combustible elements and byproducts of the wood burning process. I pull a full 5 gal. bucket of ash out of each of my conventional wood burning stoves here every day!!! Another really big plus, plus I did mention that it also burns all other types of bio-mass that are generated from Ur wood processing process.
    There’s absolutely no waste, and no mess w/these units, they burn it all, w/no adverse side effects to the unit itself. Again, I can’t say enough about these things, they are truly remarkable, and fairly easy to build. Just make sure that U follow all of the precepts for good construction of Ur unit. Make sure that U use fire brick for the main feed and burn tube sections. We used double walled insulated stainless steel flu pipe for out flame tube, and the 55 gal. barrel that we used has a strap removable top on it w/a fiberglass rope seal added to it to facilitate cleaning of that segment of it’s system, but now, after almost 2 weeks of use, it’s got almost no ash accumulation in it’s barrel and flame tube chambers. Not even worthy of any cleaning.
    At this point now, I can’t encourage anyone who’s burning wood for heat or heat suppliment strongly enough to look into these heating systems. They are simply wonderful.

  7. neo rambo says:

    its the libtards war on the regular folks – rising food costs gas prices energy prices and unafordable health care prices the only ones better off are the mexicans and the slackers that wont work bho has really made my once great country one giant mess

  8. oahumike says:

    Humans have been burning wood for TENS OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS. Is this some kind of joke? More nanny state brilliance at its finest, these people really need to find something more constructive to do with their time.

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