The rule becomes law on Friday, May 15, 2015 but don't expect to see many, if any, changes in your local hearth store until Jan. 1, 2016. Scroll to the bottom to see a timeline of implementation. This rule is an NSPS - a New Source Performance Standard - established by the EPA with input from industry, states and other stakeholders.
Prices: There should be no short term price rises, but in the longer term some manufacturers say their stove prices may go up $300 - $400 in 2020. Others say their prices won’t rise at all.
Fireplaces: The new rules do not apply to fireplaces, but there is a voluntary method for cleaner fireplaces to be tested and qualified by the EPA. This rule does not even refer to the voluntary program, which may mean there is little interest in including fireplaces in the next NSPS.
Owners manuals: Owners manuals will be updated as of May 15, 2015. Updated manuals will have more detail and must instruct operators how to get optimal performance from the stove or boiler.
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