Burn Wise Additional Resources
Below are additional resources with wood-burning information. They include sites from the EPA, state and local agencies, and partner organizations. For a list of documents, brochures and studies regarding wood-burning, visit the publications page.
- Resources for Choosing a Wood Heating Appliance
- Installation and Maintenance Resources
- Health Resources
- Resources for State, Tribal and Local Agencies
Choosing a Wood Heating Appliance
- Fuel Efficiency Calculator (Excel spreadsheet)Exit (137k) - This on-line calculator compares costs of using different fuel types, including wood, gas, oil, and electric.
- Hearth.comExit -Find hearth products and have your hearth questions answered.How much heat does that room need? Exit - Estimate the amount of BTUs required to heat a room by entering in the room’s dimensions.
- Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA)Exit - Association Web site for outdoor wood heaters, wood stoves and other related industries
- HPBA's Responsible Wood-burning Fact SheetsExit - Responsible wood burning provides efficient and economical home heating, helps reduce home energy costs, and protects your neighborhood air quality.
Installation and Maintenance
- Chimney Safety Institute of AmericaExit - A non-profit, educational organization dedicated to chimney and venting system safety.
- National Fireplace InstituteExit - An independent, non-profit agency that provides certification for proper installation of hearth products.Exi
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Asthma WebsiteExit - Information on asthma triggers, treatment and management.
- EPA's AIRNow - Find the air quality forecast for your area.
- EPA's Asthma Website - Learn which indoor and outdoor environmental factors trigger asthma.
- EPA's Particle Pollution Web Site - Basic information about particle pollution, including regulatory actions, trends and research.
- Particle Pollution and Your Health - This document characterizes particle pollution and how it can impact human health and the environment.
- The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality - A discussion of health effects from wood smoke and ways to reduce exposure.
State, Tribal and Local Agencies
- DOE's Tribal Energy ProgramExit - Provides financial and technical assistance to tribes to evaluate and develop renewable energy resources and reduce energy consumption.
- EPA' Backyard Burning Website - Burning household waste is harmful to your health and the environment. Learn more about the problems and alternatives to backyard burning.
- EPA's Indoor Air Quality - Protect the air in your home, school or building.
- EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tribal Partners Program - How tribal communities can improve indoor air quality and examples of sustainable community outreach and education programs.
- EPA's Tribal Air Website - Access to key information; promotes the exchange of ideas; and makes available relevant documents to all environmental professionals who live and work in Indian Country.
- EPA's Wood Heater Compliance Program - Promotes compliance with the requirements of EPA's wood heater regulation.
EPA's Valley Identification Tool and Valley Profile Tool - Valleys in New England are especially vulnerable to higher levels of PM2.5 from wood smoke during winter air inversions. These tools identify populated valleys throughout New England that are at risk for wood smoke pollution. They can be used to better plan air quality monitoring, outreach and mitigation.
- European Wood-Heating Technology SurveyExit - An Overview of Combustion Principles and the Energy and Emissions Performance of Commercially Available Systems in Austria, Germany, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.
- Examples of Hydronic Heater CodesExit - Examples of municipal local codes, including setback restrictions, stack locations, and restrictions on types of fuel.
- It All Adds Up InitiativeExit - A federal, public education and partnership-building initiative developed to provide public information about the impact of inidividual choices on air quality.
- Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)Exit - A nonprofit association providing scientific, technical, analytical, and policy support to the air quality programs of the eight Northeast states (CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, and VT).
- NESCAUM Model RuleExit - A model rule that state and local agencies can use to regulate hydronic heater emissions.
- NW Tribal Healthy Homes WorkgroupExit - A tribally-led group that works to support healthy, affordable and sustainable tribal housing.
- The Partnership for Clean Indoor AirExit - Resources and expertise to improve health, livelihood, and quality of life by reducing exposure to indoor air pollution in developing countries.
- PM2.5 Nonattainment Designations - Provides background and information of PM2.5 designations for the United States.
- Steel Recycling InstituteExit - Locate local steel recyclers who could participate in your changeout campaign to recycle old wood stoves.
- Western States Air Resources Council (WESTAR)Exit - Fifteen northwestern states who discuss western regional air quality issues of common concern and share resources.