The EPA’s proposed ban on most wood-burning stoves received plenty of attention among the off-grid community, but it’s far from the only major restriction on burning wood that could impact you.
In fact, one state this winter even tried to ban all wood burning – fireplaces and stoves – in what could only be described as a war on rural living.
That’s the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as John Crouch of the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association explains to us why local and state governments are going after homeowners who burn wood.
All across the United States, and particularly the West, governments have wood burning in their sights.
The state in question – Utah – would have allowed homeowners to continue burning wood if it was their sole source of heat, but only after a series of bureaucratic steps that required a trip into town.
Off-grid residents complained: Why are automobiles and industrial sources – which supposedly make up 95 percent of the pollution in question – being given a pass, while a time-tested method of heating is being banned? The Utah rule even would have prohibited EPA-approved stoves.
But the EPA rule and the Utah proposal are not the only threats to wood heat.
Listen as John gives us a lay of the land … and tells us how we can fight back!
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