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Posted By lampmfg,
Apr 30, 2018 at 12:53 PM
Ok, !st off. In 1993 woodstoves got regulated for emissions to be clean burners. Only a Tard would think it wasn't going to extend to boilers and furnaces. It took 23 years for that to happen, which is unbelievable. All makers are so lucky it didnt happen in 2000 or so like it should have. So really all manufacturers had 27 YEARS to get it right. If they didn't, then they are greedy or STUPID. Probably both. Not only that but every other product consuming appliance has been regulated during this time. Cars, Appliances, lights, fossil fuels, insulation, water heaters, on and on everything. Wood furnaces and wood boilers ended up being last. So any manufacturer that can't pass the test DESERVES to fade away. This is actually a stupid argument because really there is nothing to argue about. Plus if you don't agree with this, you are WRONG!
Right?! All that big R n D money spent needlessly! It been staring them in the face all along...all you need is a few magic firebricks
Only a tard! A ri-tard! @STIHLY DAN
Regardless of post content, thanks for the laugh!
Such is the fickleness of government making regulations, in this case, industry regulations. The leaders are political appointments, just like the FBI, CIA, ect. Political appointments to political means.
These regs came in through the courts and is a fluid situation. R&D is a gamble, you just don't know how far to go. Make the best unit you can and try to be as flexible as possible.
The uncertainty will make it very difficult for smaller manufacturers. The numbers are too low. This isn't like making water heaters or heat pumps where costs can be recouped in few years. Lower cost fuel, a mild winter or two, new regulation... it's not been an easy road for any of the manufacturers from what I hear.
Didn't the regs come in through government?
This sounds a little like doing the minimum...just enough to get a passing grade...Its true that the diploma for a D- student is the same as the A+ student...but just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Why not just do your best? (within reason anyways) Instead of counting on "teach" grading on a curve...which Lamppa did not do. If the other manufacturers don't get an extension, or revision of the rules, they could be out of business...is that really worth the risk?
Sorry to keep using the school analogies...
The EPA put in the regs because of a court order. They were forced to do it by a certain date.
I applaud the ones like Lamppa who go for the best. We've pursued some very clean units too. I'm just saying pushing for the cleanest is risky since it's regulation that's pushing it more than customer demand.
Fire brick absorbs the heat and slowly releases it back into the firebox. The hotter fire burns the smoke.
They use a lot of standard firebrick in industrial steam boilers.
My Fisher was loaded with firebricks, still smoked and burned inefficiently. Pretty sure seasoned wood and secondary tubes (except cat stoves) play a bigger role than fire bricks.
Burning clean is a bit more complex than just one thing. Temperature, fuel/air mix, space to burn off... It's a combination of many factors, firebrick being a factor in temperature. My experience anyway.
Sadly many of the manufacturers themselves to not support the move to cleaner burning technology as it interferes with their quest to make more $$$ which is really their only interest.
I would be willing to bet, that most people buy woodstoves to save money. There is likely a very frugal buyer behind most purchases. If that company wants to stay in business, perhaps they can't invest much with thin margins. I don't know the margins, or the cyclical purchasing habits, but I'm willing to bet that it is a difficult and fickle business.
Even with the stoves that don't burn as clean as they could, isn't it a good thing to get people burning less oil? In most rural areas, the alternative is propane or oil.