Issue Overview

HPBA has supported reasonable standards for wood and pellet-fueled appliances to burn more cleanly and efficiently for more than 30 years and worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to achieve these results. All of today's low-emission woodburning appliances produce significantly less smoke and particulate emissions than older products. Hearth manufacturer and retailer members have benefited from HPBA's efforts, and homeowners have enjoyed new technologies to conserve energy and burn cleaner.

EPA Database of EPA-certified Wood Heaters

    July 2020 Update

    On July 6, 2020, HPBA submitted comments to EPA in support of its proposed sell-through package which, if enacted, would provide sell-through for Step 1 products from the date the rulemaking is finalized until November 30, 2020. Unless and until EPA formally adopts the sell-through proposal, it remains illegal to sell or offer for sale all Step 1 products in the U.S.

    Almost every business has felt the economic impacts of COVID-19 on its sales, employees, and way of life. Our comments include updates from 77 retailers and distributors on how many Step 1 products they have left since we last surveyed them in March. These comments focused on the effect of state stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns on the ability to sell remaining Step 1 inventory in the two months leading up to the May 15, 2020 deadline. Read HPBA’s comments here. 

    The EPA held a public hearing on this proposed rule on June 17. Ryan Carroll, John Crouch, and Chairman of the Board Dick Hoffman offered comments. Written versions of their comments can be found on our website. All other comments can be accessed on EPA’s docket under “Browse Comments.” Dozens of retailers and distributors, many of whom are HPBA members, submitted comments in support of the sell-through proposal. Please contact Rachel Feinstein if you have any questions. 

    Many of your question are likely answered on our FAQ page. 


    To read more, read our May 6 blog post, here

      Donating Step 1 Stoves

      Do you have Step 1 stoves that you are unable to sell before May 15? Donate them to a worthy non-profit for a tax deduction.


        HPBA Retailer NSPS Toolkit

        To assist our members, retailers in particular, HPBA continues to update resources on our NSPS Toolkit. Access a compliance visit checklist, FAQs, myths and facts, labeling guide, past NSPS webinars, and more.

        Launch the HPBA Retailer NSPS Toolkit

          Quick Facts 

          • The EPA updated the NSPS for New Residential Wood Heaters in March 2015, which was the first update to the rule for woodstoves since 1988. Wood and pellet stoves were required to meet new emission targets, and hydronic heaters and forced-air furnaces became newly-regulated.
          • Step 2 of the NSPS came into effect on May 15, 2020.
          • If you sell a Step 1 product before or on May 15, you can still install it at a later date. Most importantly, transfer of ownership OR control must occur before the effective date. See our FAQ page for more on this.
          • Any covered product that is not certified to meet Step 2 cannot be manufactured, sold, ownership transferred, or even given away after May 15, 2020. 
          • Truly used products (with a clear chain of non-commercial ownership) can continue to be sold after the effective date.
          • See our FAQ page and NSPS Toolkit for more information.


            Understanding the Issue