# DOE includes modifications in final rule on decorative hearth products

December 12, 2011 By

The Department of Energy (DOE) planned to publish a final rule on decorative hearth products in the Federal Register, according to NPGA, which had concerns that proposed DOE rules from July would eliminate entire product lines and have an economic impact on the propane industry. Under the proposed rule, decorative gas hearth products would have to meet the same energy efficient standards and regulations as heater-rated gas fireplaces. DOE modified its definition of vented hearth heater from its earlier proposal, excluding gas log sets from having to meet any energy conservation standards, NPGA said. Decorative gas fireplaces are excluded from energy conservation standards only if they meet specified exclusion criteria consistent with the agency’s proposed rule. NPGA said it believes DOE still erred by including decorative gas fireplaces and gas log sets as covered products within the direct heating equipment category, allowing them to remain subject to possible future DOE actions.

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