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Pellet stoves may be allowed in S’thorne

CAITLIN ROW
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

SILVERTHORNE ” Silverthorne is easing its ban on wood-burning devices, with pellet stoves likely being accepted within town limits this summer.

Town council recently reviewed pellet stove information at its work session, and council members are so far amenable to changing the town code to allow the environmentally friendly stove.

In December 2008, the Town of Silverthorne approved the use of masonry heaters in homes but did not approve the use of pellet stoves ” a wood-burning device that may be even more environmentally friendly than masonry heaters.

“We took it one step at a time,” said Lina Lesmes, a Silverthorne planner. “When we approved masonry heaters, citizens came to us. We amended the code to allow masonry heaters. Now we may take it further to allow pellet stoves in town code.”

The code could be changed within the next few months.

Due to air-quality concerns in the 1980s and 1990s, the town prohibited solid-fuel burning devices, but made an exception for the masonry heaters, which capture heat from combustion and radiate it for a long period of time.

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Pellet fuel is a renewable, clean-burning and cost-stable heating alternative made of organic substances ” generally recycled wood waste. Pellet stoves pollute so little that they do not require EPA certification.

“Since we have a pellet plant that utilizes our beetle-kill epidemic, It would make sense to utilize pellets stoves,” said Mark Mathis of Confluence Energy in Kremmling in a previous interview. “The average pellet stove is five times cleaner then the cleanest masonry or other solid fuel appliance.”

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

crow@summitdaily.com.