>Do you know the saying “A few bad apples …….” ? Certainly applies to some outdoor wood furnaces and some people who use them. The EPA Qualified units are very clean burning but I have personally witnessed one where it was smoking due to be filled with plastic and cardboard! All outdoor wood furnaces are designed to burn wood, period! None of the units are idiot proof and people will be people so some burn things in them that they are not designed to burn.
In New York, new proposed regulations are being decided, please read http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20100602/NEWS03/306029975/. As a distributor of 3 different brands of outdoor wood furnaces, I personally feel there is a place for them, using renewable energy but it is not in the middle of a city, no more than a pig farm would be allowed there. We believe that our units are some of the finest ones built, shipped factory direct and will help thousands of people be energy independent .
If you would like to know more about wood heat, EPA qualfied wood gasification furnaces or traditional outdoor wood furnaces please contact us at 877 904 8424. We do expect with the situation in the Gulf that prices of oil will go up and people will want to free of dependency on other countries for our heating needs.