The EPA recently proposed a change to the rules regarding wood stove emissions. These new rules set a high bar, and most specifically address stoves that are the most polluting models on the market. Those stoves were exempt in the last round of rules, which were put into law in 1988. It also tightens standards significantly for low-polluting stoves.
I have been personally following the development of the new rules for months. You can see full details on the new rules at the EPA’s website: http://www2.epa.gov/residential-wood-heaters/proposed-new-source-performance-standards-residential-wood-heaters
At Lehman’s, our bottom line is this: I’m confident that many wood stove manufacturers will find a way to respond. Wood burning stoves will continue to be part of America’s rural landscape. The new stoves will be more expensive, but also more efficient and less polluting. No matter what happens, we are committed to helping you find safe and effective ways to heat and cook without electricity.