This is in reply to comments filed by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) urging the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to repeal its energy conservation standards for direct heating equipment as applied to decorative vented gas fireplaces. I support HPBA’s comments because I do not believe that decorative vented gas fireplaces were ever meant to be included under the term “direct heating equipment” as that term appears in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).