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Wood stoves & other home heating

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.
 

Certified wood stoves and other burning devices What you can burn Information for manufacturers Wood-fired cook stoves How to choose the right wood burning device Buying or selling a home with an uncertified wood stove Regulations on wood burning devices

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.