Wood Stove/Particulate Matter Information

Burnwise AK

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 significantly 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 Burn Wood Wisely Brochure


Web version


Catalytic Woodstoves

Web version


Non-Catalytic Woodstoves

Web version


Burn Wood Wisely

Brochure (PDF 10.6M)


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


ADEC - Air Quality
410 Willoughby Ave., Ste 303
Juneau, AK 99801



ADEC - Air Quality
555 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501



ADEC - Air Quality
610 University Avenue
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. These videos will open in a new window:

  • TV woodstove spot 1 - Burning wood can cause unhealthy levels of air pollution.
  • TV woodstove spot 2 - Air Pollution = Wasted Energy
  • TV woodstove spot 3- Do you know your smoke signals?
  • TV burn wood wisely - Split Stack Store and Save
  • TV fine particulate - Fairbanks air pollution
  • TV home heating - Upgrading home heating systems in Fairbanks for cleaner air
  • TV vehicle emissions - Use of alternate transportation for cleaner air
  • TV Plug In @ 20 Above - Plugging in your vehicle reduces emissions and keeps our air clean

  • Buying an EPA Certified Woodstove (PDF 530K) 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: https://www.epa.gov/burnwise

    For additional information about particulate pollution, see: https://www.epa.gov/pm-pollution/