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 April 13, 2017


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


EPA is expected to designate the FNSB PM2.5 Nonattainment Area as "serious" (Spring 2017). Inside the nonattainment area, once "serious", 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.

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18 AAC 50.077 - Wood-Fired Heating Device 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


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.
http://www2.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:

Molly Birnbaum
molly.birnbaum@alaska.gov
907-269-4913