Smoke created from burning wood can be a significant source of air pollution and can have serious health consequences for children, the elderly, and those with respiratory and heart conditions. It is for these reasons that the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) developed a statewide Heat Smart Program to help homeowners burn more efficiently and with less pollution.
For Oregon and other states that adopted the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), traditional open fireplaces are no more. According to the 2015 IECC, “New wood-burning fireplaces must have tight-fitting flue dampers or doors, and outdoor combustion air.” This means that solid fuel burning devices used in Oregon must meet emission performance standards.
At the Oregon Chimney Guys, we specialize in wood stove installation, and we know a thing or two about the regulations of your wood burning devices. Here is what you need to know.
Buying or Selling a Home with a Wood Stove or Fireplace Insert
If you are buying or selling a home with a wood stove or fireplace insert in Oregon, you must ensure it was certified to meet emissions performance standards at the time of its manufacture.
If your stove or fireplace insert is not EPA certified, state law requires it to be removed, destroyed, and disposed of when a home is sold. The home buyer or seller must report to DEQ that the stove or fireplace insert was decommissioned.
Disposing Uncertified Burning Appliances
Once you’ve removed and destroyed an uncertified wood stove or fireplace insert, you need to properly dispose of it and notify DEQ. To notify DEQ, you can fill out an online form as either a homeowner/seller or contractor.
It is unlawful to sell an uncertified wood stove or fireplace insert in Oregon. DEQ recommends taking uncertified wood stoves and fireplace inserts to a scrap metal dealer or metal recycling facility that will accept these uncertified wood heating devices. Be sure to ask for a disposal receipt.
Residential Energy Tax Credit
Oregon provides a state tax credit for high-efficiency wood and pellet stoves. High-efficiency stoves burn cleaner and use renewable resources to produce heat.
To know if you qualify for the Residential Energy Tax Credit, look to see if your stove includes a U.S. EPA certification sticker. After verifying your stove meets the criteria, complete and sign the RETC application. Include a copy of your receipt or proof of payment, which must include the make and model of your device.
If you need help finding and installing an EPA certified woodstove or fireplace insert, contact the Oregon Chimney Guys!