Comments for: HUD secretary agrees to Sen. Collins’ request for new rules for pellet boilers

Posted March 02, 2012, at 8:46 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Under questioning Thursday by Sen. Susan Collins, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shawn Donovan agreed to update federal guidelines to classify wood pellet boilers as an “acceptable” primary heating source for the purpose of Federal Housing Authority financing. Until now, HUD has not considered a wood …

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  • Anonymous

    Thank You! This is the Maine SOLUTION !

    Oil should ABSOLUTELY be better used as fuel for trucks, trains and planes. Oil is
    much too valuable to be burned in a stationary building. Oil should be reserved as a
    Mobile fuel only. If you have Natural Gas available, Hook Up as soon as you can.
    If you can’t, consider Heat Pump (3 to 1 heat/energy multiplier) or Wood Pellet systems.
    Automatic large bin feed Pellet Boilers are available.
    Energy Security Products, Main Rd. in Carmel has a nice system. Check ’em out.
    How about setting up to heat with Maine made Wood Pellets?
    HALF the price of oil, BTU for BTU. Think about it, check it out, then Try it.
    You’ll see that Pellets are the way to go over oil.

    Fuel Cost Comparison
    http://pelletheat.org/pellets/compare-fuel-costs/
    Fill in your own local fuel pricing to get actual Savings.
    Be sure to include all delivery and transmission charges.

    • Anonymous

      Coal for me, I tried it I liked it, the most btu for you money, no turning back for me.  I only have to tend my coal furnace about every 4 days, fill the hopper and dump the ashes.  It holds 200lbs automatic feed, automatic day-night setting for heat and I don’t have to worry about pellets getting wet.  Sen. Collins should do the same for coal boilers. 

  • Anonymous

    Wow – Collins does something good for Maine.

    What got into her?

    • Guest

      Hogwash. At every turn, Silly Susan was right there to aid and abet the big ugly hand of government steal our money, strangle our liberties, and shake its finger in our nose telling us how to live.  Now she arranges a manicure for the big ugly hand of regulation and we’re hailing her as a hero?  She’s no better than the fireman who sets someone’s house on fire and then plays the hero for calling 911.

  • Anonymous

    This is great news for Maine. I hope they move on this quickly and don’t drag their feet to change the guidelines.

  • Anonymous

    Another beginning to higher prices for wood pellets.  First you secure the laws to allow penetration into the market, then you move to regulation and price adjustments of the fuel source. Same ol GOP game plan. The Senator did not think of this herself…she was lobbied by the A-Pellet industry.  It will be a known fact in just a few years…Pellets will be as expensive per BTU as Fuel Oil.  More Washington Business as usual.  I have tried to season my Chicken soup with Maine made pellets with no success. I would be better off on maine care, food stamps and welfare.

    Stubborn Ol Buck

    • Anonymous

      Whine   Whine  Whine  Whine  Whine  

      • Anonymous

        He hates the free market system, I guess. 

        • Anonymous

          That will encourage the companies to put on a second or third shift

  • Anonymous

    Now that the paper mills are gone the can turn the wood into wood pellets

  • Masterguide

    Pellets are good to save money on fuel, I myself burn them. Just 2 months ago I paid $215 ton  yesterday I paid $ 225 a ton even pellets are going up as well as other fuel. What I have seen out there in the real world some people think  just putting pellets in the stove is all there is, there is much work in maintaining pellets ,one has to empty the ash bin empty of ash built up, and filling the hopper with pellets daily, I myself have a pellet stove that holds 3 bags of pellets which burns for 48 hours or more. Over all I heated my home for about about $ 120-$130 a month , far better than burning oil.
    The set-up is costly at first but in the long run pays for it self
    I quess what I’m trying to say burning pellets aren’t as easy as burning oil, there is work to it as wood is .
    What would be good if there would be an insentive to buy a pellet stove from the Government allowing first time buyers a refund like a $1000 or more.

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