Does your home have a woodstove or fireplace insert? The 2009 Oregon Legislature passed a law to help protect people from unnecessary wood smoke pollution. If you plan on selling your home any uncertified woodstove/inserts must be removed, decommissioned and reported to DEQ.
According to Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, uncertified woodstove/inserts burn about 70 percent dirtier than certified woodstoves. They also burn far less efficiently and require more fuel than newer, certified stoves.
Even if you don’t plan on selling your home but have an old uncertified woodstove/insert, please consider the benefits of replacing your existing woodstove/insert with a newer model. Not only do many of us not know about this law but we don’t understand the benefits of it. Removing them from service would help Oregon’s efforts to restore and preserve healthy air and save homeowners money.