Friday, February 1, 2013

Wood burning appliances exempt from EPA certification 2012

(Subject to future changes)
1. Stoves built by U.S. manufacturers for export and not sold in the United States.
2. Boilers. (Certification program to start in March of 2008)
3. Furnaces.
4. Cook stoves.
5. Stoves for coal burning only.
6. A wood heater built for research and development purposes.
(No to be sold and no more than 50 per model)


Definitions of appliances exempt from EPA certification…

Boiler…Boiler means a solid fuel burning appliance used primarily for heating spaces, other than the space where the appliance is located, by the distribution through pipes of a gas or fluid heated in the appliance. The appliance must be tested and listed as a boiler under accepted American or Canadian safety testing codes. A manufacturer may request an exemption in writing from the Administrator by stating why the testing and listing requirement is not practicable and by demonstrating that his appliance is otherwise a boiler.

Furnaces… Furnace means a solid fuel burning appliance that is designed to be located outside of ordinary living areas and that warms spaces other than the space where the appliance is located, by the distribution of air heated in the appliance through ducts. The appliance must be tested and listed as a furnace under accepted American or Canadian safety testing codes unless exempted from this provision by the Administrator. A manufacturer may request an exemption in writing from the Administrator by stating why the testing and listing requirement is not practicable and by demonstrating that his appliance is otherwise a furnace.

Cook stoves… Cook stove means a wood-fired appliance that is designed primarily for cooking food and that has the following characteristics:
(1) An oven, with a volume of 0.028 cubic meters (1 cubic foot) or greater, and an oven rack,
(2) A device for measuring oven temperatures,
(3) A flame path that is routed around the oven,
(4) A shaker grate,
(5) An ash pan,
(6) An ash clean-out door below the oven, and
(7) The absence of a fan or heat channels to dissipate heat from the appliance.

Coal burning heater… Coal-only heater means an enclosed, coal-burning appliance capable of space heating, or domestic water heating, which has all of the following characteristics:
(1) An opening for emptying ash that is located near the bottom or the side of the appliance,
(2) A system that admits air primarily up and through the fuel bed,
(3) A grate or other similar device for shaking or disturbing the fuel bed or power-driven mechanical stoker,
(4) Installation instructions that state that the use of wood in the stove, except for coal ignition purposes, is prohibited by law, and
(5) The model is listed by a nationally recognized safety-testing laboratory for use of coal only, except for coal ignition purposes.

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