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State Regulations on Newly Invented Power Burner

Perry_3 Member Posts: 498
Withing the US most anyone is allowed to develop and sell most anything with limited restrictions.

Key things to be aware of:

You, the Mfr are liable for all kinds of things should the product prove defective and cause harm (or damage). UL or several other certifications help limit your liability as a Mfr. This is the reason that virtually all Mfr's pay to have their product certified by the appropraiate certification agency. You are free, however, to market your product without such certification.

I note that UL is not a certification on how well your product works. It's a certification that says that if it fails it should not start a fire (i.e. that your product will fail "safely").

Their may be other standards (usually national) that your product may wish to comply with.

Are you patenting this item. There are pro's and con's to US patent protection. If you have a great product be prepared to spend at least 1/2 million dollars fighting other companies in court to protect your patent. If you do not feel that the item is not worth fighting to protect - then I'm not sure if there are any practical benifits of patent protection (but their may be other reasons to patent the item).

One thing that concerns me on your item. Heating a normal 1800 Sq Ft house in NH on 2 gallons of oil a day does not sound right. I believe that most normal houses in that climate have more heat loss than exist in pure energy assuming 100% efficiency of combustion in 2 gallons of oil. Is this a super-insulated house? Alternately is the house located in the more southern climates of the US where the winters are not as severe as NH. If not, then I suggest that you really check how well this burner works and verify things with properely engineered studies to prevent being charged with fraud and/or civil suits from people who purchased your product.



  • Gene_2
    Gene_2 Member Posts: 59
    State Regulations on Newly Invented Power Burner

    My brother and I have invented and patented a Power Burner that will burn less than two gallons of Heating Oil a day in an 1800 sq. ft. home. We are wondering if anyone knows where we can find out the regulations for the State of New Hampshire regarding marketing a Newly Developed product (as a prototype) while waiting for UL Approval. Thanks for your help.
  • Brad White
    Brad White Member Posts: 2,398
    Forget the burner for a moment

    Let me get a look at that home!

    "If you do not know the answer, say, "I do not know the answer", and you will be correct!"

    -Ernie White, my Dad
  • John Abbott
    John Abbott Member Posts: 356

    Oil burner permits in N.H. require the UL listing # so if you don't have one I don't think it would be approved.Check with the NH Office of the Fire Marshall in Concord for more info.
  • kevin coppinger_12
    kevin coppinger_12 Member Posts: 27
    right on...

    NH will not "approve " anything...only accept what a third part listed product will put their stamp on. I s like that w/ plumbing devices.
  • Christian Egli_2
    Christian Egli_2 Member Posts: 812
    How good oil is to us

    Just to be facetious with my energy needs, I don't burn 2 gallons of oil per day in my fickle Ohio weather... no slide rule needed either...

    Years filled with 365 days of oil purchases will yield a steam production of nearly 100,000 pounds at the 2 gallon a day rate... Mild mannered homes survive easily on a steam diet of 50,000 pounds... ohhh... heat is good.

    Alternately, 2 gallons of oil buys me several pounds of synthetic fibers, you know, acrylic, polyfill, hollowfill, etc... enough to buy a nice pile of sweaters to keep a whole family nice and toasty... ohh...

    Meanwhile I don't know in what proportion certifications and licenses both help and hinder entrepreneurial creativity. They add professionalism at the cost of a bureaucratic burden. Best wishes for courage and success with your product Gene.

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