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Myths vs. Facts: Common Myths about Outdoor Furnaces

MYTH: Wood heat is bad for the environment.

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MYTH: Outdoor wood furnaces are dirty and produce more emissions than other wood burning devices.
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MYTH: Outdoor furnaces are a nuisance to neighbors.
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MYTH: Outdoor furnaces provide the least economical source of heating energy.
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MYTH: Outdoor furnaces create health problems in communities.
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MYTH: Outdoor furnaces are personal trash incinerators.
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MYTH: Manufacturers do not care where outdoor furnaces are installed or how they are used.
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MYTH: All outdoor wood furnace stacks are short.
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MYTH: Outdoor wood furnaces smolder and smoke 24/7.
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MYTH: Several states have banned the use of outdoor wood furnaces.
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MYTH: Outdoor wood furnaces are a significant factor in the overall PM (particulate matter) emissions total.
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MYTH: Wood heat is bad for the environment.
FACT: Biomass fuels, such as wood or corn, are "carbon neutral," which means they do not generate a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions, as do fossil fuel generated electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas, and coal. Heating with renewable resources, such as wood or corn, lessens our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil. In fact, heating an average home with wood can save enough nonrenewable fossil fuel to operate an automobile for a full year.
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MYTH: Outdoor wood furnaces are dirty and produce more emissions than other wood burning devices.
FACT: When tested by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Central Boiler's outdoor wood furnace was found to have similar emissions as wood stoves.

There are millions more wood burning appliances including indoor wood furnaces, recreational wood burning devices and other unregulated wood burning appliances, such as barrel stoves. Currently, there are approximately 200,000 outdoor wood furnaces in use, which is less than 1 percent of the wood burning appliances being used in the U.S. When all wood burning appliances are compared to the hundreds of millions of automobiles and industrial emissions sources, wood burning is a very small fraction of the total PM emissions.

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MYTH: Outdoor furnaces are a nuisance to neighbors.
FACT: When installed and operated properly, Central Boiler outdoor furnaces provide a safe, cost-effective and environmentally responsible alternative for home heating. Central Boiler is working closely with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and EPA on testing standards and with state and local governments on appropriate regulations to prevent and/or correct misuse of outdoor wood furnaces - including burning anything other than the manufacturer's listed fuels and operating with too short of a chimney - to encourage cleaner burning wood furnaces, and to implement Best Burn Practices .
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MYTH: Outdoor furnaces provide the least economical source of heating energy.
FACT: On the contrary, outdoor furnaces are a cost-effective source of heating energy. Owners who cut their own wood, or can obtain free wood as fuel, can entirely eliminate their heating bills. In addition, some insurance companies prefer outdoor wood burning furnaces over indoor wood stoves because they remove the fire hazard from the home.
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MYTH: Outdoor furnaces create health problems in communities.
FACT: Outdoor furnaces eliminate the threat of devastating chimney fires and dangerous smoke and carbon monoxide buildup (or oxygen depletion) associated with burning wood indoors. Users of outdoor wood furnaces have reported that eliminating use of indoor wood stoves has alleviated respiratory and allergy problems caused by indoor wood burning.

When tested by EPA, Central Boiler's outdoor wood furnace was found to have similar emissions as wood stoves.

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MYTH:Outdoor furnaces are personal trash incinerators.
FACT: Central Boiler outdoor furnaces are designed to burn seasoned wood, wood pellets or corn. There are existing laws in some areas that prohibit the burning of trash that can be enforced against someone who burns trash in any device. Burning materials other than the fuels recommended by the manufacturer is not only bad for the environment, it is harmful to the furnace. Central Boiler forbids this practice and furnaces are posted with clear warnings not to burn trash. In addition, Central Boiler warns against burning materials such as plastics, gasoline, rubber, naphtha, household garbage, material treated with petroleum products (particle board, railroad ties and pressure treated wood), leaves, paper products and cardboard. Central Boiler works to educate distributors and users about Best Burn Practices.
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MYTH:Manufacturers do not care where outdoor furnaces are installed or how they are used.
FACT: Central Boiler works to educate distributors and users on proper burning practices to create clean, safe and efficient heat. Central Boiler and its distributors educate purchasers of Central Boiler furnaces about the importance of proper siting, chimney height and fuel and provide a Best Burn Practices policy.
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MYTH: All outdoor wood furnace stacks are short.
FACT: Central Boiler recommends that outdoor furnace chimneys meet recommended height requirements, Best Burn Practices height recommendations, or Central Boiler owner's manual height specifications. Generally, if a Central Boiler outdoor furnace is located within 300 feet of a residence not served by the furnace, it is recommended the chimney be at least 2 feet above the peak of that residence.
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MYTH: Outdoor wood furnaces smolder and smoke 24/7.
FACT: When used properly, outdoor wood furnaces produce similar emissions as wood stoves. For example, when the damper is closed and a proper emissions test is conducted, the emissions are virtually immeasurable because the air flow through the firebox and chimney of the outdoor wood furnace has been shut off.
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MYTH: Several states have banned the use of outdoor wood furnaces.
FACT: No state has banned the use or installation of outdoor wood furnaces.
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MYTH: Outdoor wood furnaces are a significant factor in the overall PM (particulate matter) emissions total.
FACT: Currently, there are 16 million fireplaces in use in the United States and they are not regulated according to EPA. There are 10 million indoor wood stoves according to EPA, and 75-80 percent of them are not EPA certified and are exempt from emissions regulation.

There are millions more wood burning appliances including indoor wood furnaces, recreational wood burning devices and other unregulated wood burning appliances, such as barrel stoves. Currently, there are approximately 200,000 outdoor wood furnaces in use, which is less than 1 percent of the wood burning appliances being used in the U.S. When all wood burning appliances are compared to the hundreds of millions of automobiles and industrial emissions sources, wood burning is a very small fraction of the total PM emissions.

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References to outdoor wood furnaces do not necessarily refer to all furnaces manufactured by any manufacturer; in many cases the available data relates to furnaces manufactured by specific manufacturers, including Central Boiler, Inc. Some of the information presented herein is, in part, based on the conclusions drawn by Central Boiler, Inc. from a variety of data and reports, including reports published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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