Outdoor Furnaces: A Safe, Cost-Effective and Environmentally Responsible Home Heating Alternative
More people are realizing the benefits of outdoor wood-fired furnaces as a safe, cost-effective and environmentally responsible alternative for home and business heating.
Outdoor Furnace Facts provides information about:
- Pending revisions to Federal Regulations called the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) currently in development with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Revisions to the NSPS will include outdoor furnaces and other classes of wood heating appliances.
- How outdoor furnaces can benefit home and business owners.
- What the best operating practices are to promote responsible use and to prevent and/or correct outdoor furnace misuse.
- How you can Take Action to help support responsible Best Practices.
- How you can provide information to municipalities to ensure proper outdoor furnace usage through Best Practice Ordinances and advocacy.
- Where to find resources for common Questions & Answers, popular Myths vs. Facts, recent safety and environmental testing, up-to-date Emissions Standards, and various Emissions Reports.
- USEPA voluntary emissions reduction program(s):
- EPA Outdoor Wood-fired Hydronic Heater (OWHH) Phase 1 Program
- EPA Hydronic Heater (HH) Phase 2 Program
Outdoor furnaces, also referred to by some as outdoor hydronic heaters or outdoor wood boilers, burn renewable, biomass fuels that are “carbon neutral,” such as wood and wood pellets. This means they don’t generate a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions, as do fossil fuel generated electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas, and coal. Outdoor furnaces actually lessen our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels.
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