Do EPA certified stoves emit more dioxins/furans?

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Do EPA certified stoves emit more dioxins/furans?

Postby CaptainAir » Sat Nov 10, 2007 5:05 pm


Interesting, the things you will find with a little research for a project...

EPA certified stoves produce more dioxins/furans when using maple than conventional stoves when using spruce!
These compounds are highly carcinogenic and they accumulate in the environment climbing back up the food chain.

I just stumbled across this while I was finishing my research…
Anyone has ever heard about this Canadian study?
This seems to be the only copy on the Web... I wonder why?

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Postby bodhi » Sat Nov 10, 2007 7:03 pm

an interesting table concerning dioxins:

Source Annual dioxin emissions
g TEQ/year

Municipal solid waste incineration 1100
Secondary copper smelting 541
Medical waste incineration 477
Forest fires 208
Cement kilns burning hazardous waste 153
Utility/industrial coal combustion 73
Residential wood burning 63
On-road diesel fuel combustion 34
Industrial wood burning 29
Cement kilns not burning hazardous waste 18
Secondary aluminum smelting 17
Utility/industrial oil combustion 9
On-road unleaded gas fuel combustion 6
Sewage sludge incineration 6
Hazardous waste incineration 6
Kraft black liquor Boilers 2
Secondary lead smelting 2
Total 2,745

As can be seen from this list, municipal waste incineration, secondary copper smelting, and medical waste incineration dominate the total emissions of dioxins to the air. Surprisingly, forest fires and residential wood burning produce a substantial amount of the estimated dioxin emissions. Hazard waste incineration contributes about 0.2% of the annual estimated dioxins emissions to the atmosphere.
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re Canadian Study

Postby Smokelessinvancouver » Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:17 pm

Very interesting. i will pass it along.
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re Canadian Studies

Postby Smokelessinvancouver » Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:37 pm

What did you come away with from these 2 studies??
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Postby turning_blue » Sat Oct 25, 2008 6:50 am


I am so glad you bumped this thread! I was just asking about this last night!
How do I explain that there are more dioxin and furans in EPA wood stove emissions? How do I explain that they are produced when wood is being burned. How does the chlorine fit in to this? Someone argued with me and said there must be chlorine. I see chlorine in the article but I don't know how to prove the point since I am not a scientist.

I could print these out for this person.
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Postby Wilberforce » Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:20 am

Chlorine, chlorine oxides, and chlorinated dioxins can be generated
from the combustion of certain plastics (like PVC pipe, wire insulation,
etc) This is most likely to come from commercial incinerators and
home burn-barrels. (Google 'burn barrel')

It is thought that burning of sea driftwood may also generate
these compounds (due to the salt content) but I have not been able
to find any research studies confirming this. If someone would like
to sleuth for this information, please do so.
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