Wood Stove Warning

June 23rd, 2010

Beginning August 1, 2010, if you are selling a home that contains an uncertified wood stove, you will be required to remove this device from the home and contact the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

As it turns out, the smoke that is emitted from the cozy and warm fire that you enjoy on cold winter evenings can be harmful. Uncertified woodstoves produce more of this smoke than the DEQ deems as acceptable for people to inhale on a regular basis. They argue that the particulates in the smoke can potentially contribute to respiratory disease, asthma attacks, heart problems and premature death. The DEQ also contends that uncontrolled wood smoke creates an environmental concern for residential areas. (Just imagine a neighborhood where most of the homes burn wood in uncertified stoves.)

Not only do uncertified wood stoves burn 70% dirtier than certified wood stoves, they are also far less efficient. So removing them from service would not only preserve healthy air, it would also save homeowners money.

How does this affect buyers and sellers? Home buyers will need to negotiate with the sellers to have it removed – who pays for that is all part of the negotiation. As a seller, you may want to be proactive about having the old stove removed. Taking it out of the equation when it comes time to negotiate will save time and a hassle.

Determining if your wood stove is certified or not is easy. Certified wood stoves can be identified by a temporary paper label attached to the front of the wood stove and a permanent metal label affixed to the back or side of the device. The label(s) should bear the seal of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

For more information and a list of EPA certified wood stoves go to:


One Response to “Wood Stove Warning”

  1. I had my experience with a wood stove for the first time . I liked it. Only used small amount of wood this first time. Heated our area easily. Also put a frying pan on the top loaded with leftovers. Heated slowly yet smoothly. Flames looked pretty through chrome door and web. Getting excited about more casual times in front of the lovely useful wood burner.

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