Wood Stove/Particulate Matter Information

Using a renewable resource for energy makes sense. Firewood is abundant in many parts of Alaska and woodstoves seem to be the coziest, most independent way to stay warm. Unfortunately, woodstoves emit signicantly more pollutants than oil fired furnaces - generally 30 to 250 times more particulates and up to 1000 times more Carbon Monoxide on a heat equivalent basis.

There is concern about wintertime particulate levels and their adverse effect on air quality. Properly operating your woodstove will help the air quality for all.

The following pamphlets will help you operate your woodstove safely and efficiently.

DEC Woodstove Pamphlet image   DEC Catalytic Woodstove pamphlet image   DEC Non-catalytic woodstove pamphlet image
Catalytic Woodstoves
Non-Catalytic Woodstoves
Burn Wood Wisely

Call, write, email, or stop by your nearest DEC office to request copies of the pamphlets.

ADEC - Air Quality
ADEC - Air Quality
ADEC - Air Quality
410 Willoughby Ave., Ste 303
555 Cordova Street
610 University Avenue
Juneau, AK 99801
Anchorage, AK 99501
Fairbanks, AK 99709

DEC has available three woodstove information television spots. They are each about 1 MB in size and are not suitable for dial-in internet customers. If the spots do not view properly, you may need to update your viewer.

Buying an EPA Certified Woodstove brochure as described in the woodstove pamphlets.

Visit EPA's website for a current list of EPA-certified woodstoves and other information about clean-burning woodstoves and fireplaces: http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/

For additional information about particulate pollution, see: http://epa.gov/oar/particlepollution/