19-1119 v3.X Wood Stove - Transect Confirmation

Question

Our project includes a wood stove. The wood stove is located in the dining and common room area for the students. This space is used for community building and other gatherings. On special occasions (after shoveling the paths around the center, the first snow, after a stressful exam week, etc.), we have dorm events during which we gather in the common room to be together in a beautiful space and enjoy the light and heat from the fire. We use wood from invasive species (usually Elaeagnus) that we have removed from the land around the project. The wood stove has been used between two and five times a year. We believe our Transect is L2, rather than our initial assumption of L3. Can you confirm that 1) our Transect is L2, and 2) the wood stove in our project is allowed under I06-E5 Ornamental Fireplace in Transects L1, L2, and L3?

Answer

The described use of the wood stove is in line with the intent of I06-E5 Ornamental Fireplace in Transects L1, L2, and L3: to allow combustion when it contributes towards the feeling of hygge with minimal environmental impacts. Given the agricultural history of the site, the relatively low density, and the locality of the (invasive) fuel source, it seems reasonable to consider the Transect of the project as L2. The wood stove is allowed under I06-E5 Ornamental Fireplace in Transects L1, L2, and L3.

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