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Pellet stoves make huge gains and why does EU have the cool cars

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by smwilliamson, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. smwilliamson

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    Pellet stoves are 80% of my business. Very nice article.

    Eric
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    The only problem I can see with increased use of pellet stoves is my dealer hasn't run out of oil in March.
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    Nice article, the first half anyway. The last paragraph brought the accuracy of the whole article into question.
    Government regulation never propelled any industry forward. In fact, just the opposite. The last half of the article seems to be complaining that there is not enough government intrusion and people are scared to buy stoves because the government isn't giving their stamp of approval. Has it really become that bad? Do we really need a nanny state to tell us what stove to buy?

    Excellent quote from that guy Scott Williamson though.
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    Thanks fo sharing:cool:
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    nor have they run out of pellets
  8. Phil Do's fire.

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    Like oil, purchase a bulk amount in the spring to save money and you won't run out>>
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    I didn't say I ran out......they did.
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    So very, very true!!!!! Government is a drag on all development from environmental perceived problems to protecting some damn snail that is better served with garlic and butter to strangling the mass production of diesel engines, which would COMPLETELY SOLVE our energy dependence. Fire 3/4 of all fed workers and watch the economy thrive. They would actually have to work for a living. Off to the ash can we go............
  11. smwilliamson

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    John is t really saying that we need more government intervention but rather saying that there should be some kind of uniform standard to measure brands. Germany has the blue angel certification for stoves which can get overt 88% efficiency using the lhv standard. Without something to shoot for we're left to manufactures dictating what it is we should ask for in a stove.
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    Agreed. Having worked with German and French companies in the past, I can say that they are much more in tune with NECESSARY regulations and less with BS. Of course, no one is perfect. They still tax rain water and have 35 hour work weeks! But at least they can get 60+ MPG with their diesel cars going 100 mph on the Autobahn. AND they have strict but sensible emission controls.
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    We don't need the Government to regulate so much but wouldn't it be nice if they added a little more incentive, if you can build something that meets x requirement we will rebate 30% of the purchase price to the consumer. That's more in line with Germany. Then we would have something clear to work towards and rally around. Having the EPA just stamp their foot down doesn't help anything but short of that, manufacturers left to their own devices, us Americans tend to shoot for the largest profit model and screw all else...then we end up with, I don't know...over sized boilers, over sized SUVS, you get the picture
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    If it burned less and produced more btu, it would sell itself without any government or subsidy.
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    Well not necesarilly. People don't always buy the most efficient stove today. Largely because there is a lack of standard and this translates to a lack of consumer confidence. If we all bought the most efficient thing we'd all be driving diesel hybrids...
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    No. I wouldn't. Because I enjoy driving. lol

    There's more than just that 1 factor that goes into it.

    it needs to look, perform, and be reliable, and at a price point that makes it worth while.
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    Even the lack of efficiency standards is not necessarily an argument for government regulation. There's nothing stopping a private organization from defining these standards. An industry consortium might have incentive to do so. Or a consumer group like UL, or Consumer Reports. If the customer values having an efficiency standard, someone can usually come up with a clever way to make a living providing it. If not, then that indicates the customer really doesn't value it that much. And it follows that the customer would rather keep their money than pay extra for the convenience/advantage of having clear standards . . . regardless of whether they pay directly, or indirectly via taxation.
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    AMEN on the last part, for sure!!!!
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    Ah, clearly someone who has never driven a European diesel!!!! Not your grandmom's diesel Olds by any stretch. I can say I drove an Audi A8 on the Autobahn at 300 kph! Scary? Yep! Awsome? Yep. !!!

    AND when driven at a more sane rate of speed, I got 50 mpg! Got 60 mpg with a MB with 4 people in it for a week.
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    yeah, EU gets way cooler cars than us. the diesel price point (per gallon, about 40 -60 cents more) on top of the surcharge (like in a truck, the deisel option is as much as 10 grand more than the gas job) makes the roi of 20mpg come even around 100,000 miles.

    I've never owned a car for 100k.
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    That's the most fun part of car ownership. Nothing beats spending a sat morning working on your own car.
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    It IS crazy to charge $6000 more for an engine with fewer parts and controls that is made in MASSIVE quantities in Europe. I would gladly pay 10% more for fuel to get 50 to 75% more mileage if the engine price were comparable. Of course, the diesel will last for ever if you change oil and filters.
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    I don't think I have ever owned a car with less than 100k
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    look at energy star... What a disaster. I have never been able figure out to what measure anything rated by them benefits the consumer
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    IMHO
    The only oversight needs to be the safety standards, and thats it.

    Get the government out of my face.
    The stove industry has done a good job with their products, other than the constant rush to add more electronics and computers to something that really does not need it.

    Snowy
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