Wood stove changeouts can work in communities and regions of all types and sizes as a more effective solution than burning bans for improving air quality. Utah can better meet the needs of its people by encouraging increased use of low-emission hearth products that give off up to 90 percent less smoke than older technology. The following video depicts the success story of one such community, Libby, Montana, that underwent its changeout in 2007.
Located in the remote northwest corner of Montana in a bowl-shaped valley surrounded by steep mountains, Libby has an ideal topography for temperature inversions such as the ones that impact many communities in Utah. With a significant portion of Libby’s residents relying on wood stoves for heating, the community embraced a wide scale wood stove changeout program to help address their air quality issues.
New, EPA-certified stoves and inserts produce almost no smoke and require less firewood than earlier models. Replacing older, inefficient wood stoves with cleaner-burning EPA-certified models can reduce pollution by up to 90 percent per stove. These products offer consumers more choices than ever to provide their homes with ambiance and heat, while burning more responsibly and efficiently with a variety of renewable fuel options like wood, pellets and corn.
We encourage you to check out this video featuring results from this pilot program to replace every outdated wood burning stove in Libby, Montana, with new, cleaner units certified to strict U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. As evidenced by this 2007 video, a wood stove changeout can significantly and cost-effectively reduce harmful emissions and is an effort the fireplace industry has been working on for many decades with communities like Libby.
Now is the time to act if you value responsible wood burning: take an active role in defeating Utah’s total burn ban proposal today.