Eagle OKs pellet-burning stoves | AspenTimes.com

Eagle OKs pellet-burning stoves

EAGLE, Colo. ” After a seven-year ban on solid-fuel burning devices, the town of Eagle is ready to loosen up its regulations a bit.

The Eagle Town Board recently changed the law to allow pellet stoves and pellet boiler systems. Pellet stoves are small electric devices that burn small pellets made of compressed, recycled sawdust. The stoves operate with an automated fuel-feeding system.

The pellet stoves have been earning high ratings for efficiency and economy. A 40-pound bag of pellets sells for less than $5. The rising cost of fuel oil and natural gas prompted the Town Board to change the law.

The town adopted an ordinance in 2000 that effectively banned the use and installation solid-fuel burning devices. In the 1980s and 1990s, wood-burning stoves were popular. At the time, a cold winter day in Eagle typically also meant poor air quality, due to emissions from stoves and fireplaces.

Although the town does not have specific air pollution data, since the 2000 ordinance was passed, there has been a noticeable improvement in air quality in Eagle, Assistant Town Planner Yuri Kostick said.

Kostick also urged the Town Board to set aside money to help people with wood-burning fireplaces switch to more efficient heating systems.

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