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EPA Recognizes Earth’s Flame for Its Green Technology

The U.S. EPA has acknowledged that the Earth’s Flame fireplace retrofit device, the Hybrid Clean Burn™system (as tested in the Heatilator E36 fireplace) meets the phase 2 qualifying emissions level under the EPA woodburning fireplace program, Burn Wise (www.epa.gov/burnwise). The goal of the EPA, and of many states, is to improve air quality by providing a lower-emissions option for homeowners who prefer a wood fire in colder winter months.

According to Lisa Leighton, CEO of Earth’s Flame, the Hybrid Clean Burn device is the best-rated emissions retrofit system in the industry, with the lowest emissions of any retrofittested product included in the Burn Wise Program. “Earth’s Flame is the only green solution for removing harmful particulates from wood smoke,” Leighton says.

Working with the EPA and the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, Earth’s Flame developed and engineered its products to reduce harmful emissions by up to 78%, while providing a 115% increase in radiant heat. Safety features include reduced creosote accumulation, which lessens the potential for chimney fires.

After two years of review, the EPA has moved to amend its current voluntary fireplace program to qualify retrofit devices, such as Earth’s Flame. In 2010, Earth’s Flame received a Vesta Award recognizing it as the best green product of that year.

Some fireplace-industry experts estimate that there could be as many as 38 million wood-burning fireplaces in the United States, with approximately 3 million in Southern California alone. While the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has taken needed steps to reduce pollution from new housing sources, it will address existing wood-burning fireplaces this year under the No Burn section of rule 445. Until now, there has not been a reliable method for reducing emissions from existing fireplaces when consumers want to use their wood fireplaces.

According to Leighton, families that have used their fireplaces for years, even if only for a few special evenings a year, need a product solution that is easily installed in existing fireplaces. “While many families are taking advantage of the SCAQMD program for gas logs, this program doesn’t address the thousands of homeowners who remain committed to real wood fires,” she says. “Including fireplace retrofits in this program, or in a separate program of their own, will offer more options to homeowners and result in lower total emissions levels from this source.”