Wood-fired Cook Stoves
A wood-fired cook stove is an appliance designed primarily for cooking food. It has the following characteristics:
All wood heaters (wood stoves, pellet stoves, etc.) made after 1939 or that fall outside the cook stove definition above must be emission tested.
Devices designed or advertised as room heaters that also bake or cook do NOT qualify as wood-fired cook stoves and must meet the Washington emission standard of no more than 4.5 grams of fine particulate matter per hour.
Those seeking to install wood-fired cook stoves must follow local codes and ordinances. Work with your local building permitting department to meet local requirements.
Contact your local Air Agency to understand potential limits to cook stove use during burn bans. A list of air agencies is found here
Contact Rod Tinnemore (360-407-6978) at the Washington State Department of Ecology for questions regarding qualifying stoves, sales or emission test facilities.
Manufacturers will find additional information online here.
Learn more about the health effects of wood smoke pollution:
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