Retailers & Distributors Must-Knows

  1. EPA only recognizes two classes of trade: manufacturers and “everyone else.”*
    *Everywhere the word “retailers” is used in NSPS, it also refers to distributors.
  2. Key deadline for all non-manufacturers was December 31, 2015.
  3. There was a May 15, 2015 deadline, but that only applied to manufacturers.
  4. After December 31, 2015 only products certified may be offered for sale in your store, if they are covered by this rule.
  5. A wood or pellet stove is considered certified if:
    • it has been certified at a laboratory after May 15, 2015 ( the effective date of the rule), or
    • it has been “deemed certified,” meaning it was certified at or under 4.5 g/hr before the effective date. 
  6. A hydronic heater is considered certified if:
    • it has been certified at a laboratory after May 15, 2015, or
    • it has been “deemed certified” per recognition as such by the EPA or NY State.
  7. A forced-air furnace (also known as a warm air furnace) has two different effective dates for Step 1 of the rule.
    • Small add-on units (i.e. <65,000 BTUs/hr) must be certified by May 15, 2016 to be manufactured and sold after that date
    • Larger units (i.e. >65,000 BTUs/hr) must be certified by May 15, 2017 to be manufactured and sold after that date (note: the manufacture and sale of larger units are not affected by the NSPS until after May 15, 2017)
  8. The December 31, 2015 deadline and all parts of the NSPS do not apply to:
    • Coal-only stoves – note: no more wood/coal (multi-fuel) stoves allowed
    • Cookstoves – as long as they meet the new definition (see top of page 33)
    • Fireplaces – traditional – with non-gasketed doors
    • Camping stoves
  9. Stoves shipped to retailers after May 15, 2015 have new owner’s manuals and catalytic stoves have temperature probes.
  10. Pellet stoves certified after May 15, 2015 specify the grade of fuel used to test and instruct consumers to only use pellets that meet that grade.
  11. All stoves certified after May 15, 2015 must post efficiency numbers and CO levels in addition to grams/hour in their manuals and on their websites.
  12. Forced air furnaces and hydronic heaters shipped after May 15, 2015 must include wood moisture meters and updated owner’s manuals.
  13. Retailers should not focus on the Step 2 requirements (set to be effective May 15, 2020) at this time.