Its a good point of discussion, if nothing else. The fact is that when we choose to live in close proximity to others (Long Island, for instance), I think we should be held to a high standard of certain behavior...for instance, without decent automobile emissions regs those on LI (and in Europe!) would be breathing dirtier air and getting more diseases. I live in a hollow, which is in a valley - there is only one wood burner in the general area, and I can smell it pretty heavily when I go outside to take the dog for a walk. So anytime there is ANY density of population, the effect on other people has to be taken into account. The OWB makers, dealers and (yes) some owners have brought the regs on themselves...by smoking up entire valleys (I have seen this in VT) and burning tires, stumps, trash etc. - This is not, IHMO, a case of too much regulation, but a case in which the industry and users failed to uphold the basics of keeping their smoke to themselves. Whether 300 feet or 1000 feet, or whether 10 acres of 100, that is still not an excuse to pollute excessively. This country is shared with 300 million other people - where ever one happens to live, and that requires that we each do our part. Clean burning appliances can (and could have) been made at very little additional cost, especially when the excess fuel use and poor air quality is taken into consideration. In my opinion it is pay now or pay later.