Since 1997, Setzer’s manufacturing and HeatSource 1 in Beatrice will discontinue the manufacturing of their outdoor wood furnaces immediately.
According to a press release issued by the Setzers, HeatSource 1 will close due to a recent ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency which deemed the testing method of outdoor wood furnaces flawed. As a result, manufacturers of wood furnaces are now required to redesign and retest any wood furnace which they manufacture, at their own expense.
EPA began regulating omissions from outdoor wood furnaces in 2007. According to Setzers HeatSource 1 had its furnaces tested by an accredited lab, at a cost of more than $150,000, and received some of the best readings of any furnace ever built. She noted the cost of redesigning and retesting furnaces to meet the EPA’s new requirements would be hundreds of thousands of dollars. Setzers say that combined with the slow economy it is not feasible to continue manufacturing the stoves.