If you are considering buying or selling a home after August of this year, this new DEQ requirement may apply to you. As part of a new program to eliminate older uncertified woodstoves, the seller will be required to remove the device from the home prior to a sale and notify the DEQ.
Uncertified woodstoves burn about 70% dirtier than certified ones. These older, polluting stoves can remain in service for dozens of years. Removing them from service would help Oregon's efforts to restore and preserve healthy air and save homeowners money. Residual wood burning is a significant source of air pollution including fine particulate and air toxics.
Some counties such as Deschutes and Klamath and the cities of Bend and Medford currently have similar rules in place.