Wood stoves & other home heating

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Avoid unnecessary burning

April 2, 2020 – During the COVID-19 crisis, local fire departments and first responders are doing everything they can to protect their own health so that they are ready to protect others. Many people in Washington communities are also extremely concerned about their respiratory health. So before starting an outdoor burn of any type, please consider the potential impacts on your neighbors and on local emergency responders, and postpone or cancel your burn if possible.

For information on alternatives to burning, visit ecology.wa.gov/burningalternatives. To report an illegal burn or unhealthy smoke, call 1-866-211-6284 or visit ecology.wa.gov/reportburning.

We set guidelines and rules for the sale, installation, and use of wood stoves and similar devices and the smoke they create. Before you burn wood for heat, check for burn bans.

Wood smoke is one of the main sources of air pollution in Washington. Wood stoves, fireplaces, and other wood burning devices put out hundreds of times more air pollution than other sources of heat, such as natural gas or electricity. Households that use these devices are at greater risk for respiratory illnesses. Learn more about how wood smoke harms your health and find information on buying or selling a home with a wood stove.

We regulate the types of wood stoves and other wood burning devices allowed for sale, resale, exchange, or that are given away. They must meet federal EPA and Washington certification standards. 

Use a stove that is certified in Washington, the right size for your home, and properly installed. Never install a non-certified wood stove. See the list below for wood stoves certified in Washington.

Burn bans are typically called during colder months when air pollution from wood smoke is approaching unhealthy levels. They do not apply to homes with no other source of heat.