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Burning Fire wood in Fireplaces and EPA certified fire stoves for reduced emissions.

Firewood is a renewable resource, but can produce large amounts of particulate emissions when not burned properly. Here are a few steps to consider if you burn wood.
  • Use only dry, seasoned cordwood (dried for at least 6 months with less than 20% moisture). Dry logs should sound hollow when you hit them together. If you buy bundled wood from the store, it should already be seasoned to 20% mositure, but check the label to be sure.
  • Using manufactured firestarters will minimize emissions by quickly lighting your wood fires. Most of the emissions from a wood fire occur when the fire is getting started.
  • Burn dense, hardwood species of trees such as oak and hickory. The resin in softwoods create more smoke and particulate emissions.
  • Never burn wood that has been treated or painted, as it can emit toxins in the air when burned.
  • If you burn in a wood stove, make sure it's an EPA-certified wood stove, which burn much more efficiently and emit fewer pollutants than old, non-certified wood stoves. Check with your local air district to see if they offer a rebate program for replacing old stoves.
  • For more information on heating with wood, visit the Alliance for Green Heat.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency

Northwest Clean Air Agency

State of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Olympic Region Clean Air Agency

Maricopa Country Air Quality Department

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

City of Albuquerque No Burn Program

Utah Department of Environmental Quality