Wood-Fired Heating Device Standards


The wood-fired heating device standards in 18 AAC 50.077 apply to devices installed or supplied, sold, leased, distributed, or conveyed for installation or operation inside the Fairbanks North Star Borough PM2.5 Nonattainment Area only. Beginning February 28, 2015 for hydronic heaters and large heating devices and August 31, 2015 for woodstoves and pellet stoves, it will be unlawful to install a heating device that does not meet the emission standards. Retailers may still sell noncompliant devices to customers who verify in writing that they intend to install the device outside the area.

Compliant Device Lists

New!Updated July 27, 2017

  • Hydronic Heaters (17 devices)
  • Woodstoves (265 devices)
  • Pellet Stoves (109 devices)
  • Written Verification Form (PDF)
  • Nonattainment Area DEC Web Map
  • Nonattainment Area Map (PDF 523K)
  • DEC Standards and EPA NSPS (PDF)
  • February 2015 Letter to Vendors (PDF)
  • Definition of "Woodstove" (PDF)

  • New!Property Sale, Lease, or Conveyance - Changeout or Removal Requirement


    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has redesignated the PM2.5 Nonattainment Area from 'moderate' to 'serious.' EPA proposed the redesignation on May 10, 2017. See: Federal Register Notice (PDF).

    18 AAC 50.077 requires the change-out or removal of wood-fired heating devices not meeting emission criteria when the property where they are installed is sold, leased, or conveyed. - Effective June 9, 2017 -

    For more information, visit our Real Estate Measure webpage.

     

    18 AAC 50.077 - Wood-Fired Heating Device Emission Standards


    DEC Alaska State Standards (Inside FNSB PM2.5 Nonattainment Area Only) 18 AAC 50.077
    Heaters sold for installation inside the Nonattainment Area must meet the emission standards beginning on the effective date.
    Heating Device Type Particulate Matter Emission Standard Effective
    Date
    Wood-Fired
    Hydronic Heaters
    < 350,000 Btu/hr
    EPA Phase 2 Voluntary
    Partnership Program
    "White Tag"
    and
    2.5 g/hr particulate matter annual
    average emission level
    or
    0.32 lbs/MMBtu average annual
    emission level
    and
    2.5 g/hr particulate matter annual
    average emission level
    and
    18.0 g/hr individual test run cap
    02/28/15
    Wood-Fired
    Heating Devices
    > 350,000 Btu/hr
    2.5 g/hr particulate
    matter annual average emission
    02/28/15
    Woodstoves and
    Most Pellet Stoves
    < 350,000 Btu/hr
    EPA Certification
    and
    2.5 g/hr particulate matter annual
    average emission level
    or
    Maximum 2.5 g/hr particulate matter
    annual average emission level
    08/31/15

    EPA Residential Wood Heater 2015 NSPS - emission standards


    EPA Federal Standards (Statewide) Enforced by EPA
    Heaters not included in the categories above, and currently not certified by EPA, and that do not meet the emission standards below may be sold to customers inside and outside the Nonattainment Area through December 31, 2015. After that date, all devices sold must meet the applicable state and/or EPA emission standards.
    https://www.epa.gov/residential-wood-heaters/final-new-source-performance-standards-residential-wood-heaters
    Wood-Fired Heating Device Type Step Effective Date Particulate Matter Emission Standard Test Fuel
    Woodstoves & Pellet Stoves
    (adjustable & single burn rate)
    (catalytic & non-catalytic)
    1 May 15, 2015
    4.5 g/hr Cribwood
    or
    Cordwood
    2 May 15, 2020 2.0 g/hr Cribwood
    2.5 g/hr Cordwood
    Hydronic Heaters 1 May 15, 2015 0.32 lbs/MMBtu weighted average
    and
    18.0 g/hr individual test run cap
    or
    EPA "Phase 2" Qualified
    Cribwood
    or
    Cordwood
    2 May 15, 2020 0.10 lbs/MMBtu for each burn rate Cribwood
    0.15 lbs/MMBtu for each burn rate Cordwood
    Forced Air Furnaces 1 May 15, 2015 New work practice and operational standards, including providing information on best operating practices in owner's manuals N/A
    2 Small: May 15, 2016 Large: May 15, 2017 0.93 lbs/MMBtu weighted average Cordwood
    3 May 15, 2020 0.15 lbs/MMBtu for each burn rate Cordwood

     

    Staff Contact:

    Steven Hoke
    steven.hoke@alaska.gov
    907-451-5172