Save Gas Logs!

EPR.TNAThe US Department of Energy proposed a Rule on Feb. 9, 2015, that would prohibit standing pilots on all "Hearth Products", including Gas Logs, five years after final adoption of the Rule. A Public Meeting will be held on Monday, March 23, 2015, at DOE in Washington, DC. Public comments are due by April 10, 2015. Further scrutiny for energy savings would occur every five years, no doubt resulting in further removal of consumer choices and alteration of the appearance and marketability of Hearth Products. Rulemaking of hearth products first started in 2010 with rules, based on egregiously inadequate research and erroneous assumptions about gas logs and their markets, that would have severely altered and restricted the types of gas log sets that could be sold. The Hearth Industry spent over $2.7 million in legal fees to beat the DOE in the DC Court of Appeals. However, on Dec. 31, 2013, DOE started a new rulemaking process that resulted in the Feb. 10 Rule.

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Rasmussen Submits Comments to DOE- 5/11/15

Rasmussen submitted the following comments to DOE (download PDF): Comments submitted by others may be viewed here.

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Rasmussen Testifies at DOE Public Meeting

  On March 23, 2015, during a Public Meeting at DOE’s facility in Washington, D.C., Rett Rasmussen, President of Rasmussen Gas Logs & Grills, provided comments in opposition to the DOE’s Proposed Rulemaking against gas hearth products. Read Rett’s comments. Rett also provided a great deal of input during the day-long meeting. You may read […]

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2/9/15 – DOE Proposes Standing Pilot Ban

On February 9, 2015, the US Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) that would abolish standing pilots on all indoor and outdoor Hearth Products five years from the date of final adoption of the Rule. Comments must be submitted to DOE by April 10, 2015. A […]

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1/28/15 – DOE Releases a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Hearth Products

Today, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a pre-publication version of their Proposed Rulemaking for Hearth Product Standards. Here also is the email notice DOE sent out earlier today. Please note that the public meeting DOE scheduled is for March 4th, during the national trade show for the Hearth Patio & Barbecue Association. Yep, that’s […]

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Background

How did we get here? What is the basis for the US Department of Energy's assault on gas logs? Here is the background information ...

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The Threat

The US Department of Energy Proposed Rule would harm the market for gas logs, and severely limit consumer choice ...

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Action

We're fighting for the survival of vented gas logs against the US Government, and we need all the help we can get. Here is what you can do to help save gas logs ...

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Fallacy of ‘”Decorative” 9000 BTU

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With the stroke of a pen, the US Department of Energy declared that (as of July 1, 2011), a gas log set must not consume more that 9000 BTU/hour to be termed "decorative". If it consumes more gas than that, it must meet efficiency ratings for which no testing methodogy exists. Watch this video where Rett Rasmussen illustrates the fallacy of 9000 BTU/Hour being "decorative."

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