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Wood Stove - Particulate Matter Information

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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. Link to Burn Wise Alaska

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

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

  • ADEC - Air Quality
  • Mailing Address:
  • P.O. 111800
  • Juneau, Alaska 99811-1800
  • Phone: 907-465-5100
  • Fax: 907-465-5129
  • Physical Location: 410 Willoughby Ave, Juneau, Alaska
  • ADEC - Air Quality
  • 555 Cordova Street
  • Anchorage, AK 99501
  • Phone: 907-269-7579
  • ADEC - Air Quality
  • 610 University Avenue
  • Fairbanks, AK 99709
  • Phone: 907-451-5172

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:

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

For additional information see: EPA's - Particulate Matter Information

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