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Miscellaneous Gas Products

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DOE has proposed miscellaneous gas products are comprised of decorative hearth products and outdoor heaters. Decorative hearth product means a gas-fired appliance that: (1) Simulates a solid-fueled fireplace or presents a flame pattern; (2) Includes products designed for indoor use, outdoor use, or either indoor or outdoor use; (3) Is not designed to be operated with a thermostat; (4) For products designed for indoor use, is not designed to provide space heating to the space in which it is installed; and (5) For products designed for outdoor use, is not designed to provide heat proximate to the unit. Outdoor heater means a gas-fired appliance designed for use in outdoor spaces only, and which is designed to provide heat proximate to the unit.(FR cite)

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE has published a Federal Register notice has determined that miscellaneous gas products (MGPs), which are comprised of decorative hearths and outdoor heaters, qualify as covered products under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA). DOE has determined that coverage of MGPs is necessary and appropriate to carry out the purposes of EPCA, and that the average U.S. household energy use for MGPs is likely to exceed 100 kilowatt-hours per year.

  • The effective date of this notice is October 6, 2022.

Coverage Determination

Coverage Determination
  • Federal Register, 87FR6786 (February 7, 2022)

For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.


Notification of Data Availabiity 
  • Federal Register, 87FR68931 (November 17, 2022)
Request for Information
  • Federal Register, 87FR35925 (June 14, 2022)

DOE is currently undertaking a rulemaking to determine coverage for miscellaneous gas products. The miscellaneous gas products energy conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE-2021-BT-DET-0034 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time. 

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Test Procedure

There are no ongoing test procedure rulemakings for miscellaneous gas products.

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time. 

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Current Standard

There are currently no energy conservation standards for miscellaneous gas products.

Current Test Procedure

There are currently no test procedures for miscellaneous gas products.

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DOE has established regulations on certification, compliance, and enforcement in the CFR at 10 CFR Part 429.  These regulations cover statistical sampling plans, certified ratings, certification reports, record retention, and enforcement.  More information on these regulations is available here.


For information on current test procedure waivers, see DOE’s Waivers webpage

For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR 430.27.


DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals has not authorized exception relief for hearth products.

For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR part 1003.

Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

For information on further guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on all covered products, see DOE’s Further Guidance database

State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption

DOE has not exempted any state from this energy conservation standard. States may petition DOE to exempt a state regulation from preemption by the Federal energy conservation standard. States may also petition DOE to withdraw such exemptions. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart D.

Small Business Exemptions

Any manufacturer of a covered product with annual gross revenues that do not exceed $8,000,000 from all its operations and meets certain other conditions may apply for an exemption to the energy conservation standard. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart E.


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