Wood Burning Stove Removal in Portland
In an effort to keep Oregon a healthy, thriving place to live, the state regularly passes laws that help protect our environment. The goal is to make sure that the beautiful outdoor areas that we all enjoy, from our backyards to our lush forests, are here for generations to come. One of those laws, put into effect on August 1, 2010, banned the use of uncertified wood-burning stoves in homes across the state.
The reason? Air quality control. The smoke that comes from these older wood-burning stoves causes a significant amount of air pollution and can carry particulate matter that reaches the deepest part of our lungs. The poor air quality caused by wood-burning stoves can contribute to respiratory disease, asthma, heart problems and in some rare cases, cancer.
To stay in compliance with the law, and protect your neighbors and community, you should understand the steps of removing an uncertified wood stove. We’ll help you identify uncertified wood stoves, how to get rid of it and how to make sure any wood stove you purchase in the future is lawful and better for the environment.
How to Tell if Your Wood Stove Is Uncertified
The first step to the wood stove removal process is to confirm that you have an uncertified wood stove. The law states that no home can be sold if it has an uncertified wood stove. If you’re in the process of finding a home, keep this in mind as you continue your search as it might stall your progress.
Certified wood burning stoves will have a sticker from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality or the United States Environmental Protection Agency. These stickers are issued from the manufacturer and cannot be given to stoves that are already in use.
If you don’t see one of these stickers on your stove, it is likely that it’s uncertified and you need to destroy it or render it inoperable immediately. You cannot just give it away to someone or attempt to sell an uncertified wood burning stove — you must provide official proof that you’ve made sure the wood burning stove is disposed of.
How do you get that proof? You call us.
Alpha Environmental’s Wood Stove Removal Process
As soon as you let us know that you need a wood stove removed, our team of experts work quickly to make the complicated process simple and easy for you. We’ll set up an appointment to come to your house and remove the stove. No matter where the stove is in your house, upstairs, downstairs or in an awkward nook, we’ll find a way to safely take it out of your home. No nicks on your wall or strained backs!
After that, we’ll properly dispose of the stove and email you a confirmation number with a link to notify the DEQ. That’s all it takes! You just have to set the appointment and click a single link and we’ll do the rest.
Have any questions about the process? We have answers! You can give us a call or read the frequently asked questions below.