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New EPA regulations?

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by elmoleaf, Jan 15, 2013.

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  1. TradEddie

    TradEddie Minister of Fire

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    Have you folks seen pictures of Bejing this week? Is that what you'd prefer? That's what absence of air pollution regulations looks like.
    Sure, rivers that catch fire were probably great to watch.

    Changes like these will have an effect, over time, and make this country an even better place to live. Same with those other proposed regulations that several are alluding to.

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  2. Doug MacIVER

    Doug MacIVER Minister of Fire

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    It means more than my '57 chevy,more stuff and regs with my business.Here's an example, OSHA inspection back in the 80's resulted in some $900.00 in fines. Was OSHA correct in finding us noncompliant,yes. here is the rub ,the major fines were for unguarded flywheels. The machines in question are Boston cementers,their flywheels are 1" and 2"and run with elastic bands, a two day old couldn't hurt themselves..Gov't regs out of control 30 years ago!Whose to say they may not inspect our burrnes and say "no,no too much soot"Don't worry I'll still sleep.
  3. ddahlgren

    ddahlgren Feeling the Heat

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    It would make at lot more sense if they made the spec at grams per 10,000 BTU input rather than a total number.
    It is as silly as the EPA rules for cars and trucks using parts per million. You can have an 8 liter SUV putting out the same PPM as a little econo box with a 2 liter at the same PPM as the SUV but the SUV puts out 4 times the smog..
  4. stoveguy2esw

    stoveguy2esw Minister of Fire

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    AFAIC repsponsible regulation is an acceptable thing, there's nothing wrong with cleaner emmissions its hard on manufacturers though
  5. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    Your right that SUVs get a big break... For a long time they had their own separate set of standards for both emissions and fuel economy. But the knee jerk reason of "no regulations ever" is no answer.
  6. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    Ive been to such places in person. Its reallly really really nasty. We need to remember that the world doesn't end at our front yard.....
  7. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    Could be like in California in the vallies or whereever where the is the "smoke police" who ride around and if they see smoke coming out of a chimney you get a ticket!!!
  8. Huntindog1

    Huntindog1 Minister of Fire

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    I work for a major Diesel Engine Manufacturer and we constantly are coming up with new designs to meet higher and higher standards. For those of you not familiar with the heavy duty truck engines they now have to have an after treatment system and when you go to fill up with fuel you also need to fill up with liquid urea thats used to clean the after treatment system. So while your driving down the interstate high way your truck could be starting a clean cycle in your after treatment system injecting urea and cleaning the system out.

    So I dont think the Heavy duty trucking Industry has gotten the easy path either.
  9. Slow1

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    Guess one would have to get a BKK and load it up late at night once each 24hrs... no smoke to be seen when they are driving around as no reloads in daylight?
  10. Slow1

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    Um... is that urea what I think it is?
  11. Huntindog1

    Huntindog1 Minister of Fire

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    Dont forget the Next Generation Wood Stove Design Challenge going on at this time with 35 teams now competing to win 25 grand for the best new wood stove design.

    Maybe we will see some new ideas come out of that.
  12. Huntindog1

    Huntindog1 Minister of Fire

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    Well its a refined product ,clear liquid doesnt have all that much smell. Dont know if its synthetic or natural product.

    I am sure its related to the urea fertilizer sold as its just white small pellets.

    I can ask and see where it comes from.

    Okay they say it does have an ammonia smell.
    And it is like the urea fertilizer but liquid.
    I was intially wrong it actually is slowly injected into the exhaust path at a slow rate to help the exhaust burn cleaner.
    As you can tell this isnt my department.
  13. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    HAHA no its DEF or deisel exhaust fluid. I know its "urea" but its not urine.
  14. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    Urea injection is also used in some automobile engine... I think the Mercedes bluetec system was one of the early ones if not the first. But its not recharged at every fuel fill up... more like once a year or every second oil change...


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlueTec
  15. Foragefarmer

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    Bluetec is a diesel engine.
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    The problem I have with the new engines is that yes they are "cleaner" but they don't seem to be as fuel efficient as the older engines.
    I read a great article in Progressive Farmer a couple years ago about Tier IV compliant tractors. They said the good news was they were going to be cleaner the so so news they won't be any more fuel efficient or slightly worse than the Tier III tractors.

    I traded a mid size old blue tractor in on a new Tier III tractor. Three more HP than the old one and uses way more fuel than the old one. The same tractor had to be Tier IV compliant this year. I hate to think what that is like.
  17. jharkin

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    Yes, a technology that is used in automobile diesel engines. (and trucks as well). I was highlighting the fact that the urea refills are at much longer intervals than every fuel fill up.
  18. NortheastAl

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    Yup, we did once have our freedoms.
  19. BrotherBart

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    I should put this one in the Ash Can but off to the Inglenook for more urea discussion.

    BTW: Truck manufacturers had to retrograde diesel engines with turbo smoke kits back in 1973.
  20. remkel

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    I am surprised it took you this long :)
  21. Huntindog1

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    Nothing wrong with this topic about EPA stuff in the EPA stove board.

    Who ever pointed to it, I agree there is a relationship between all these emissions stuff , dont matter what its about wood stoves ,engines, etc....

    Alot of the technology is the same just different ways to implement it.
  22. ddahlgren

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    Never suggested none but a lets use our head and measure the real impact with units that make sense.
    dave
  23. StihlHead

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    Currently we are experiencing an inversion right now in the PNW. That means that warm air is trapping cold air under it and smoke gets trapped in the lower air layers. As a result WA state has issued burn bans at different levels in several different areas.

    A WA state Stage 1 burn ban is in effect in 8 counties right now, mostly in eastern and southern WA. A Stage 1 burn ban limits burning to indoor certified wood burning devices only. All outdoor burning - including residential, agricultural and forest burning - is prohibited. Certified being WA state certified wood and pellet burning stoves, inserts, etc. Burning in uncertified devices is prohibited, with the one exception being if it's a homeowner's only source of heat. And to answer your question more specifically: A WA state Stage 2 burn ban is in effect for 4 counties in the Puget Sound area right now, including Seattle and Tacoma. Under the stage 2 burn ban, all wood (and pellet) burning indoors or outdoors is prohibited, with the one exception being if it's a homeowner's only source of heat. Violators can face fines up to $1,000.

    So the Greenwood IWB is just another certified wood burning device in WA. As such, with the one exception that it is the only heating device in the house, you cannot use it (or any other wood or pellet burning device) in a Stage 2 burn ban.
  24. begreen

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    Quite to the contrary. Selling dirty vehicles, stoves, engines hurts us in the global marketplace. Developing nations, in particular, China and India want cleaner solutions. Europe is also looking for them. We are more competitive when the products we make for the domestic market are equally marketable globally. It's another reason why we should convert off the Imperial system to metric. Only Liberia and Burma remain on this archaic standard.
  25. begreen

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    FYI - They lifted the stage 2 burn ban for us at 1pm yesterday. There is no burn ban for King and Kitsap. Pierce and Snohomish counties are at stage 1 currently.
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