Oregon's Heat Smart Program
What you need to know about the required removal of uncertified woodstoves and fireplace inserts in a home sale
Buying or selling a house with a woodstove or fireplace insert?
If you’re buying or selling a home with a woodstove or fireplace insert in Oregon, you must ensure it was certified to meet emissions performance standards at the time of manufacture. If it was not certified, state law requires it to be removed, destroyed and disposed of when a home is sold. The home buyer or seller must report to DEQ that the stove or insert was decommissioned. Scroll down to access the online form for notifying DEQ when an uncertified device has been decommissioned.
Trying to determine if your woodstove or fireplace insert is certified? To tell if your woodstove or fireplace insert is certified, you need to locate an Oregon DEQ or U.S. EPA certification label on the back of the device. Certification occurs at the time of manufacturing and cannot be granted to devices that are already in use.
Examples of certification labels for woodstoves and fireplace inserts: Certified woodstoves and fireplace inserts have either an Oregon DEQ or U.S. EPA certification label on the back to indicate that it is certified to meet emissions standards. Click on the link above for examples of certification labels.
Disposing of an uncertified woodstove or fireplace insert? Once you’ve removed and destroyed an uncertified woodstove or fireplace insert, you need to properly dispose of it and notify DEQ. It is unlawful to sell or offer to sell a new or used uncertified woodstove or fireplace insert in Oregon. The links below provide information to help you meet disposal requirements for uncertified woodstoves and fireplace inserts:
Where to take your uncertified woodstove or fireplace insert
DEQ recommends taking removed and destroyed uncertified woodstoves and fireplace inserts to a scrap metal dealer or metal recycling facility. The list above provides names and locations of several businesses around the state that will accept these uncertified wood heating devices.
When you take your uncertified woodstove or fireplace insert to a facility to be disposed of, be sure to ask for a disposal receipt. You don’t have to submit the disposal receipt to DEQ, but you’ll need to reference it when submitting an uncertified woodstove or fireplace insert removal notification to DEQ.
Need to notify DEQ that an uncertified woodstove or fireplace insert was removed and decommissioned?
Click on the appropriate button below to fill out the electronic notification form. You’ll need your tax lot number and disposal receipt to complete the online notification form. Once you've completed the online form, you’ll immediately receive a confirmation number from DEQ. Retain the confirmation for your records as documentation that you’ve met the removal, destruction and disposal requirements for uncertified woodstoves and fireplace inserts.
Submit your Uncertified Woodstove Removal Notification online by using one of these options
PLEASE NOTE: DEQ's online notification system will be down from 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 through noon (12 p.m.) on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
*e.g. hearth products store, contractor filling out form for client
Still have questions about what is required for uncertified woodstoves and fireplace inserts?
Frequently asked questions on removal requirements for uncertified woodstoves and fireplace inserts.
Contact Carrie Capp in DEQ's HeatSmart Program