TIPS TO BURN WOOD RESPONSIBLY

> USE A LOW EMISSION HEARTH PRODUCT:
There are many types of low emission wood-burning hearth products available for new construction and existing homes. The key is determining the type of product, as well as the right type of wood fuel, to meet your needs. 

• EPA-Certified Wood Stoves and Wood Fireplace Inserts:
All wood stoves and wood fireplace inserts manufactured and sold today in the United States are required to meet strict emission standards and to be certified by EPA. To meet this standard, all stoves must prove emissions of less than 7.5 grams of particulate per hour. All EPA-certified wood stoves and fireplace inserts have a permanent label on the back that bears the name of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Canada does not have a certification program but does recommend the purchase of EPA-certified products.

• Pellet Stoves and Pellet Fireplace Inserts:
Pellet stoves and pellet fireplace inserts burn wood pellets made from recycled sawdust and are the lowest emission wood burners available. Because of their very low emissions, pellet stoves and pellet fireplace inserts are exempt from EPA-certification. 

• Masonry Heaters:
Masonry heaters are high performance, very clean burning and substantially-sized wood burners that produce a tremendous amount of heat. Similar to pellet appliances, masonry heaters are exempt from EPA-certification. 

• Cleaner-Burning Masonry Fireplaces:
There are cleaner wood-burning fireplaces that look much like traditional fireplaces but produce fewer emissions than EPA-certified wood

>UPGRADE TRADITIONAL FIREPLACES:
Install an EPA-certified fireplace insert or a pellet fireplace insert into an existing fireplace.

>CHANGEOUT OLD WOOD STOVES OR FIREPLACE INSERTS:
People with older wood stoves and inserts can cut emissions substantially by replacing these appliances with a low-emission hearth product. After changing out an old wood stove or fireplace insert, it is important to take the stove out of circulation so it can never be used again. In some jurisdictions around the country, it is illegal to install these old products. The most environmentally-friendly step is to have these hearth products recycled by a local steel recycler. 

>USE SEASONED FIREWOOD: Seasoned firewood has around 20 percent moisture content and should be stacked and dried for six months before burning. Seasoned wood is easier to light and will burn more readily and efficiently. The type of seasoned firewood also impacts the fire. Hardwoods such as oak, hickory and elm tend to produce a longer-lasting fire.

>BUILD SMALL HOT FIRES: To reduce emissions, use smaller pieces of seasoned firewood and build small hot fires.

>START A FIRE WITH A FIRE STARTER: The best way to start a wood-burning fire is with balled newspaper and kindling or a solid fire starter.

>USE MANUFACTURED FIRELOGS: Sawdust manufactured firelogs (no wax) are ideal for occasional use in a traditional fireplace to cut emissions. Sawdust-only firelogs can be used in both fireplaces and wood stoves and also reduce wood smoke.

>USE HEARTH PRODUCTS CORRECTLY AND PERFORM SERVICE REGULARLY: Consult a specialty retailer about how to use hearth products correctly, follow the instructions in the owner’s manual for the hearth product, and have your hearth product serviced regularly by a professional certified by the National Fireplace Institute (NFI).

READ MORE: http://static.hpba.org/fileadmin/factsheets/product/FS_ResponsibleWoodBurning.pdf

CHEAP FUEL THING OF THE PAST?

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The days of cheap oil have come to an end. In 20 years we’ve seen the rock bottom price of $1 / gal to now almost $4 / gal. Even in an election year we didn’t see the price of oil drop for very long. Along with the price at the pump going up, heating bills are starting to push to astronomical levels. Who would think that every 5 years we’d see a dollar jump in #2 heating oil costs. What about in the next 10 years?

WOOD PELLET REVIEW

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HOW DO YOUR PELLETS STACK UP AGAINST THE COMPETITION?

Pellets are NOT all created equal. So how do you know that you’re really getting the most bang for your buck? Until now there really has been no report or guide on what you were getting. Woodpellets4me.com has an online guide to help you choose your  pellet fuel.

Our CUBEX pellet:
Temp: 269º (baseline: 265º) (1.51% ▲)

http://woodpellets4me.com/pdf/2011-2012-PelletReview.pdf

2013 BIOFUEL FEDERAL TAX CREDIT

January 2, 2013

FEDERAL TAX CREDIT FOR WOOD STOVE REINSTATED AND RETROACTIVE

Congress passed a bill addressing parts of the Fiscal Cliff, and it included a reinstatement of the $300 tax credit for biomass heaters that are 75% efficient using lower heating value. Another provision of the bill extended the wind production tax credit for one more year.
In addition to the purchase price, consumers can include the cost of professional installation which is important to the proper and safe operation of biomass stoves.
The biomass stove provision provides for a 10% tax credit up to $300 for stoves bought in 2013 and it is retroactive, so that all eligible stoves purchased in 2012 can also get the credit. This credit was allowed to expire at the end of 2011 and H.R. 8 extends it through December 31, 2013.
The bill language that makes it retroactive did so by just extending the credit that existed in 2011, through December 31, 2013:
SEC. 401. EXTENSION OF CREDIT FOR ENERGY-EFFICIENT EXISTING HOMES. (a) IN GENERAL.—Paragraph (2) of section 25C(g) is amended by striking ‘‘December 31, 2011’’ and inserting ‘‘December 31, 2013’’.