Wood Stove Removal Services in Portland, OR

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The short answer is yes, you can do it by yourself.

It’s important to remember that there are several steps to making sure that you’re in compliance with your wood burning stove. The best way to avoid any unnecessary penalties is to work with a partner who can take care of all the details for you.

Yes. You will be fined $750 for not complying with the law. Your insurance company might also invalidate your homeowner’s insurance if they find out you haven’t complied with the law. It will also be impossible to sell your home in the future.

The Oregon DEQ recommends that you remove the door and hinges permanently and cut 4-inch holes in the top of the stove. Be sure that when you take the uncertified wood stove to a scrap metal dealer or recycler, you keep the receipt for your records. You’ll need this to prove that you’ve disposed of the stove properly.

Luckily, the state of Oregon understands the importance of home decor. If you want to keep the wood stove for decoration purposes, you can. You still must provide proof that it has been rendered inoperable, but you can keep the stove once you’ve provided the correct documentation.

No. The certification takes place at the time of manufacturing. It cannot be done after the fact.

Any uncertified wood burning stove, no matter what location it is in, must be destroyed or rendered inoperable. The same removal process can apply whether you have one at home or in your place of business.

The laws will continue to change as the state works to give us the best possible air and environmental quality. But as of right now, there are a few options you have if you love the look of a wood burning stove and want to stay within the law. Some you should check out include:

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