Monday, December 3, 2012

Uncertified Imported Stoves Openly Sold on Craigslist


Alliance for Green Heat, December 3, 2012 - New Masport wood stoves, made in New Zealand but neither certified by the EPA nor exempted, have been advertised in the Washington DC area on Craigslist for several years. A recent photo on Craigslist shows a room with multiple new, boxed Masport wood stoves for sale:



The Craigslist ads were recently removed, likely as a result of EPA enforcement action. However, the stoves are still being sold according to the person answering the phone number in the ad. The Masport stoves are advertised for sale at “$1,500 or best offer.”

The full description of the ad read: “New Masport Panorama Wood Burning Stove, still in box, minimal assembly required. ... This wood burning stove is a high efficient low carbon emission. This quality stove costs for over $3,000. 3500 sq. ft. heating capability!!!!!!!!!! ... If you have any questions or interest in purchasing, please call 703-XXX-XXXX. Delivery available for an additional charge!”

If you are aware of someone selling uncertified stoves that have not been approved as exempt, send it to EPA enforcement at sanchez.rafael@epa.gov.

Update: Dave Wenham, the New Zealand manufacturer of Masport stoves, said the company was "surprised to see one of our products for sale in North America." He also told the Alliance for Green Heat that the stoves appeared to have been manufactured prior to 1993, but could not confirm whether Masport stoves were sold in the U.S. prior to the 1988 NSPS regulations.   

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