If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a new wood stove, now is the perfect time. Today’s wood stoves offer style, convenience, and safety. Look for styles that are manufactured according to the latest in wood stove standards of performance set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Although sometimes it seems like regulations are constantly changing, the EPA’s mandatory smoke emission limit for wood stoves has been in the works since the 1980s. At The Fire Factory LLC, we embrace those standards and offer only top quality stoves that meet or exceed any of the EPA emission standards.

What Do The Changing Standards Mean?black wood stove with basket of wood

You may be wondering what this regulation means. As we all know, the quality of our -air is extremely important. Not only can it cause changes in the environment over time, but it can also affect the health of those who breathe it. The Environmental Protection Agency works to control air emissions from numerous sources. This includes cars, ships, planes, and factories. Studies have also shown that emissions from burning things, such as trash, charcoal, or even wood can have a negative effect on air quality as well. As any environmentalist can tell you, air quality will affect the future of our world in monumental ways.

One area that the EPA looked into was wood burning appliances. Although this drive started in 1988, in 2015 there was an increased focus on making wood stoves that burn cleaner and help to improve the air quality of the surrounding community. This will help fulfill those new standards, which were set as a part of an initiative that was inspired by comments and concerns from the public. The standard smoke emissions set by the EPA are currently at 4.5 grams of smoke per hour. This will be reduced to 2.0 grams of smoke per hour on May 1st, 2020. There is an exception for heaters that use the cord wood test method, which is optional. They must meet a standard of 2.5 grams of smoke per hour. You can also include a voluntary hangtag that marks appliances that meet these regulations before the date in May 2020 in which the regulations must be enforced.

We Can Help

If you are thinking about purchasing a new wood stove and you’re worried about the new EPA 2020 standards, don’t stress. Just give The Fire Factory a call and we can walk you through everything you need to know. We sell top name brands that adhere to all the current regulations, with safety and environmental awareness foremost in our minds. Our CSIA certified professionals will make sure that your new stove is installed correctly and you can count on us to back up our performance. Give us a call today and be enjoying your new wood stove long before the first snow of winter hits!