But wood smoke, don't you know, is a pollutant:
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.
Proposed regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would significantly reduce the amount of particle pollution allowed from the smokestacks of new residential wood-powered heaters.
The Missouri legislature has a bill to thwart the bureaucratic regulation of wood-burning stoves and furnaces. This would be a good thing. If there really is some problem with wood stove pollution then it should be debated publicly and regulated by statute -- not by regulatory fiat.
I have seen smoke from chimneys hug the ground or fly straight up toward the clouds. The heated air expelled through the chimney will create a current that carries the particles, the carbon dioxide, water vapor and other combustion products until it cools enough to be dissipate. When that happens, the heavier materials will end up on the ground. Probably, if you were heating every house in Kansas City and Jackson County with wood-burning furnaces, it would get pretty smoky.
We aren't, and we won't. The price and supply of wood, including wood pellets, will see to that.
According to the linked article there are only about 12 million wood stoves in the United States -- 9 million of which are less than half the "efficiency" required by the EPA. Existing stoves would be grandfathered in -- but that is hardly the point. This is about control through intimidation:
We know Reg. He's one of us. Believe me, Reg is not worried about his furnace business. He'll make it fine without that little sideline. Like the rest of us, he believes in what is right, believes in liberty, and the smell of seasoned oak when you come in from the cold.Some manufacturers contend the EPA's proposed standards are so stringent that the higher production costs would either force them out of business or raise prices so high that many consumers could no longer afford their products."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," Reg Kelly, the founder of Earth Outdoor Furnaces in Mountain Grove, told Missouri lawmakers during a recent hearing.