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Canadian Officials ” Get Rid of Your Wood-burning Stoves or Pay THOUSANDS of Dollars in Fines

Residents of Montreal have been hit with a warning that their wood burning stoves will soon be illegal if they are not modified to meet legal guidelines.

The change seems to be an attack on people who wish to live self-sufficiently apart from the government.

December 22, 2015 was the deadline to register wood burning stoves and fireplaces, and the new regulations will be in place in 2018, less than 2 years away. Any stove or burner found to be outside of the guidelines will have to undergo changes, which will likely be expensive, in order to continue to be used legally.

From the National

Starting in 2018, wood-burning appliances will be banned unless they meet the rigorous new emission standards of 2.5 grams of fine particles or less per hour. The bylaw is among the strictest in North America, said Real Menard, the city’s executive committee responsible for the environment. Presently, transforming a stove or fireplace with inserts so that it is in compliance with the coming regulations costs between $2,000 and $8,000.

Montreal residents have been voicing their opinions in comments on the internet and social media, and the majority are against the new changes and feel that the government is trying to encourage less self-sufficience in the country.

Tristan Verboven commented on the National Post story:
After thousands of years relying on fire as a source of heat, suddenly humans have discovered fire is so dangerous that we must use the power provided by a government monopoly instead. Yet somehow vehicle and industrial emissions are not worth eliminating. Thats [sic] would be way more complicated than inspecting people’s private homes to enforce a law everyone knows is a racket.

Bans like this are already in place all over the US by agencies like the EPA which means is almost impossible to legally use a wood burner unless it has been newly bought bought meeting EPA standards, or has been changed to meet them. Many wood burners in the US are old styles and have been in use for many years.

It seems that even wood isn’t green or renewable enough anymore. The EPA has recently banned the production and sale of 80% of America’s current wood-burning stoves, the oldest heating method known to mankind and mainstay of rural homes and many of our nation’s poorest residents. The agency’s stringent one-size-fits-all rules apply equally to heavily air-polluted cities and far cleaner plus typically colder off-grid wilderness areas such as large regions of Alaska and the American West.

As well as leaving the user independent from expensive central heating bills, there is an argument for wood burning stoves being better for the environment.

From, in an article entitled The Argument In Favor Of Wood Heating:

Judged by coverage in policy discussions about our energy future, wood heating is virtually nonexistent. Most politicians don’t debate its merits or plan for its strategic use.

The one thing that almost no governments do is encourage householders to heat with wood. Fuelwood is the only renewable energy resource that most governments don’t seem comfortable with.

The use of individuals using wood as fuel is being shut down in order for the national energy companies to have the monopoly.

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