Old wood stoves, fireplace inserts and traditional fireplaces belch out large quantities of wood smoke because they fail to burn the wood completely. People with older wood stoves and fireplace inserts should consider changing out to EPA certified wood burning appliances. Wood stoves and fireplace inserts manufactured on or after July 1, 1990- or sold on or after July 1, 1992- are certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to meet stringent emission standards Replacing an older appliance with EPA-certified wood burning technology may cut wood smoke emissions by up to 85 percent.
People with traditional fireplaces can reduce their emissions significantly by adding an EPA-certified wood burning fireplace insert.
Choosing the right firewood is critical whether or not a person uses new wood burning technology. Well-seasoned firewood can make a big difference in the amount of smoke a fire produces.
Using small pieces of wood may help produce fires that burn hotter which results in less smoke.
Keep your wood burning heating system in good working order with regular maintenance by a qualified professional chimney sweep. Regularly maintained EPA-certified wood stoves, which had heated homes for nearly ten years, performed like new in a EPA sponsored study.
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