California wood burning fireplace law. Although general wood burning stove standards across the united states are consistent california particularly the bay area has some specifics for using wood burning stoves. It damages our health our crops our property and our environment. Regional smog regulators today will consider banning the installation of traditional wood fueled hearths in new homes limiting sales of wood burning devices and by 2013 even placing mandatory limits on burning wood in home fireplaces during heavy smog episodes.
According to the icc regulations the damper constructed of only ferrous metal must be installed in the fireplace or above the flue that vents the fireplace. Sources of wood burning and air pollution air pollution affects millions of californians every day. The philosopher kings of the south coast air quality management district aqmd have decided that government must stop you from burning wood in your fireplace.
Composite wood products atcm dioxin program district rules database select a local air district and find their wood burning rule. The aqmd which is funded with 125 million of your money each year just made it illegal to install wood burning fireplaces in new homes and adopted regulations to stop you from using your existing fireplace on days they deem too polluted. An open hearth fireplace will no longer qualify for an exemption.
Effective november 1 2016 recent wood burning rule amendments require anyone whose sole source of heat is a wood burning device to utilize an epa certified or pellet fueled device that is registered with the air district for an exemption from the burn ban. In neighborhoods everywhere across california residential wood burning is a growing source of air pollution.