California wood burning fireplace law. In neighborhoods everywhere across california residential wood burning is a growing source of air pollution. There are a variety of arb activities associated with the burning of wood products. Some areas of california such as the san joaquin valley prohibit new homes from being constructed with a wood burning fireplace.
Learn to limit the amount of wood smoke produced. An open hearth fireplace will no longer qualify for an exemption. 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.
Sources of wood burning and air pollution air pollution affects millions of californians every day. 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. 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.
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. The san joaquin valley air pollution control district passed rule 4901 in 2003 stating that only gas burning fireplaces can be built into new homes.