have to have a 50 foot chimney in order to continue it's use
New Regs Outlaw Outside Boilers
By James Jones
The Environmental Quality Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania today published new regulations which will for all intents and purposes ban Outdoor Wood Fired Boilers in the Commonwealth.
The regulations will prohibit selling, buying, gifting or installing any Outside Wood Boiler that does not meet regulations set by the board. In addition, they must have a permanently attached chimney which rises at least two feet above the top of any neighboring house within 500 feet of the Outside Wood Boiler. The chimney must be two feet above your own house if it is within 150 feet of the boiler.
In addition, no outside wood boiler can be installed within 150 feet of a property line. Existing boilers must meet the chimney requirements in order to continue use.
Fuel for the boilers is limited to clean wood.
The proposed regulations have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Comments regarding the proposed Outside Wood Burner regulations can be filed, and testimony at 4 hearing locations in the Commonwealth: Harrisburg, Cranberry Township, Wilkes Barre, and Williamsport will give every Pennsylvanian an opportunity to express their opinion on these regulations.
The complete text of the proposed regulations can be found online HERE.
Outside Wood Boiler users have invested thousands of dollars in their boilers and associated heating accessories to provide safe, affordable, and even heating in their homes. The incidents of home structure fires has taken a drastic drop as there is no fire in the home itself.
With the economy in the shape it is, rural Pennsylvanians have sought out ways to keep warm, after skyrocketing natural gas prices made home heating unattainable. With electric bills scheduled to double next year, affordable heating may be unattainable for poorer working families in Pennsylvania. Reverting back to interior wood stoves is certain to result in many fire deaths that could be avoided with the Outside Wood Boilers.
All comments and testimony must be submitted before January 4, 2010, after which time the regulations may be adopted.
This may be a very cold winter for many of us in Pennsylvania as our heating systems are made useless and even against the law to sell them to recoup our investment.