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Oregon's Heat Smart Program – Required Removal of Uncertified Woodstove Upon Home Sale   

Current News: EPA proposes new standards for residential wood heaters - UPDATED JAN. 8, 2013

On Jan. 3, 2014, EPA proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Residential Wood Heaters.

What these new standards mean for you:

  • The proposed updates would strengthen the emissions standards for new wood stoves, while establishing federal air standards for other new wood heaters, including outdoor and indoor wood-fired boilers (also known as hydronic heaters).
  • The proposed rule would not affect existing woodstoves and other wood-burning heaters currently in use in people’s homes.

For more information on the types of wood heaters covered by the proposed New Source Performance Standards, please visit EPA’s Residential Wood Heaters website.

Selling a house with a woodstove?

If you are selling or purchasing a home with a woodstove or fireplace insert you must ensure the woodstove is certified prior to sale of the home. If it is not certified, the stove must be removed, decommissioned and reported to DEQ.

Examples of Certification Labels

Either an Oregon DEQ or a U.S. EPA certification label on the stove means the stove is emissions certified. A UL safety certification label does not mean the stove is certified.

What devices are not required to be removed?

  • Fireplaces
  • Pellet stoves
  • Antique stoves
  • Cook stoves
  • Masonry heaters
  • Central wood-fired furnaces

Submitting notification to DEQ that you removed an uncertified stove?

Click on the appropriate link below to fill out the electronic form. You don't have to submit the actual receipt to DEQ - just keep it for your records and for reporting online. Once you've completed the online form, you'll receive immediate confirmation from DEQ and you're done!

  Home seller or buyerOther party/stove remover*

*e.g. hearth products store, contractor, realtor filling out form for client

If you cannot submit your information online, please contact the DEQ to obtain a paper reporting form. 503-229-5868.

Disposing of the uncertified stove?

Questions that we hear most often regarding the requirements.

Fact Sheet: Buying or Selling a Home with a Woodstove or Fireplace Insert

exclaimation The uncertified woodstove or fireplace insert must be removed and destroyed so that is impossible to be restored or reused as a heating device. It is unlawful to sell or offer to sell an uncertified stove in Oregon.

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For more information on this program, contact Carrie Capp, 503-229-5868.
For more information about Air Quality call 503-229-5359 or email.

 

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