Monday, March 05, 2012

Wood Stoves on Washington Legislature's Hit List

"I'm sorry grandma but I'm going to have to confiscate and destroy your wood stove. Rules, you know."

That conversation is a possibility in the future in Washington State.

House bill 2326 in Washington State proposes to outlaw wood stoves that officials think spew too much smoke. It's not enough that we're restricted in cutting the trees and energy prices are going through the roof, now the one mode of cheap heat left is being threatened by the EPA and state busy bodies.

The house has passed this bill and now it goes to the Senate. Good Lord. But wait! There's more!

I got news of this when I talked to the Freedom Foundation's Property Rights Director Glenn Morgan (interview here at about the 23:00 mark) on Friday during our regular weekly visit. 

In fact state legislators are actually considering COMING AND GETTING WOOD STOVES AND DESTROYING THEM. This shocking revelation is found over at the Freedom Foundation's blog:
In this bill, the legislature is expanding the definition of “prohibit the use of”. Most of us understand the definition of “prohibits the use of” and in the context of wood stoves, this means you cannot use it during burn-bans. The legislature, however, has greatly expanded the definition to include removing and destroying wood stoves—this clearly isn’t the common meaning of “prohibiting the use of”. Here is the exact definition from the bill:
“Prohibit the use” or “prohibition” may include requiring disclosure, removal, rendering inoperable, providing evidence of destruction, or other similar requirements as may be approved by rule by a local air pollution control authority or the department.”
Call your legislature, send Freedom Foundation some money DO SOMETHING to tell these people to keep their hands off your wood stove. If not then what or who is next? 


  1. So much for emergency preparedness. Now you can't even moth-ball your wood stove for heating in a disaster?
    But what sort of disaster could possibly occur around here?

  2. This was replaced in the sriker. It now reads:

    (b) "Prohibit the use" or "prohibition" may include requiring disclosure of an uncertified device, removal, or rendering inoperable, as may be approved by rule by a local air pollution control authority or the department. The effective date of such a rule may not be prior to January 1, 2015. However, except as provided in RCW 64.06.020 relating to the seller disclosure of wood burning appliances, any such prohibition may not include imposing separate time of sale obligations on the seller or buyer of real estate as part of a real estate transaction.

    It sunsets on January 1, 2019.

    Obviously, I'm missing something here, since this only applies when other heat sources are available and during an "air pollution episode."

    (1) Any person in a residence or commercial establishment which has an adequate source of heat without burning wood shall:
    (a) Not burn wood in any solid fuel burning device whenever the department has determined under RCW 70.94.715 that any air pollution episode exists in that area;

    "air pollution episode" = burn ban.

    If no other heat source is available, it looks like the law will have no impact except during high pollution levels.

    1. Which means it is a stupid law and should not be passed anyway.

  3. I bought one of these from . I installed and it works fine. Heats my 2000 square foot house. I have the pump connected to a UPS but I am not sure how long the pump will run if the electric goes out. I had it installed all winter and did not have to turn on my Electric heat once which saved me about 200 euro a month here in Romania.

    The Electric is not stable here so I had to rush to take out the fire a couple of times because the water pump had stopped and the pressure valves were going off. The UPS will solve that but I don't know how long a UPS will keep my central pump going. I will attach a pic of what chimney heaters are in case you are not familiar with them. The pump is a Grundfos and has three speeds.

  4. wood burning stoves may keep you warm and cozy in the shivering cold of winter, but they may also be hazardous to your health, especially if you have certain health conditions that place you among those in a high risk group. So be careful when you’re using it.