Is Your Wood Stove EPA-Certified?
It's important to know if the manufacturer of your wood burning stove or insert had it tested to meet certification requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If it is EPA certified, it can be used during a first stage (yellow) burn ban.
Here's how you can find out:
As a rule of thumb, if your wood stove or fireplace insert was built prior to 1993, chances are it is not EPA certified. There were some models built in the late 1980s and early 1990s that were tested to meet EPA emissions standards.
NOTE: Wood Burning devices sold and installed in Spokane County must be tested and labeled not to exceed Washington state emissions limits, which are more stringent than EPA emissions limits.
Washington state emissions limits are 4.5 grams/hour for non-catalytic and 2.5 grams/hour for catalytic. A permit from your city/county permit department must be obtained for installation.