Most Frequently Asked Questions about Wood Stoves

You have an outdoor wood burning stove at home but you still don’t know anything about how this stove works and how you can make it more efficient. Do not worry, you are not alone. Almost every homeowner new to owning outdoor stoves are unaware of what their outdoor appliance can do and so here are some of the most frequently asked questions about wood stoves that you must find out.

Why is it so vital to control wood smoke?

Wood smoke comprises of little airborne particles (particulate matter or PM) that can get to be trapped in your lungs, making breathing troublesome and prompting more stress and long term health issues for certain sensitive people, particularly those with asthma, respiratory or heart conditions, or different sicknesses. Youngsters and the elderly are additionally at danger. Check out EPA guidelines about the wellbeing impacts of wood smoke online.

Wood smoke likewise contains unsafe gasses that additionally can antagonistically influence your wellbeing. A few cases include:

  • Carbon monoxide (CO) – lessens the blood’s capacity to supply oxygen to body tissues. Indeed small amounts can stretch your heart and decrease your capacity to work out.
  • Nitrogen oxide (NOx) – can reduce a child’s imperviousness to lung toxins
  • Hydrocarbons (HC) – can harm the lungs and make breathing troublesome.

Are some wood stoves truly better than others?

Yes, wood stoves (counting chimney supplements and pellet stoves) made and sold after July 1, 1992 are obliged to be confirmed by the U.S. Ecological Protection Agency (EPA). Look to verify that the wood stove you are wanting to purchase or utilization has the lasting EPA-guaranteed name tag.

EPA-confirmed wood stoves have been tried and tested to meet stringent outflows prerequisites. They have been intended to smolder cleaner and all the more effectively, bringing about half 60% less contamination. What’s more in light of the fact that they are more productive, they utilize 66% less wood, sparing you both time and cash. The data on the wood stove’s mark will likewise help you choose the right size stove for the space you will be warming. Consider roof stature, room size, and number of rooms to be warmed. It is ideal to purchase a marginally smaller-sized stove than to introduce one that is too enormous, consequently obliging you to disrupt the air supply to stay agreeable. (Stifling the air supply transmits more contamination.)


Note: Outdoor wood blazing heaters (OWBFs) are not needed as of now to be ensured by EPA. It would be ideal if you try to remain mindful that their discharges are fundamentally higher than even an uncertified wood stove.

Who to contact for questions

In the event that you have more questions, please contact the Air Enforcement Office. For specific questions about your actual wood burning stove, you may address these to your installer or dealer or you may contact the customer service line of your outdoor wood burning stove brand. You should also check the instruction manual of your stove before operating it.

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