Oregon Building Codes for Wood Stoves

Only certified wood stoves can be installed in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) developed the state's wood stove program, which promotes cleaner-burning wood stoves. In addition to state laws, individual cities and counties may have their own wood smoke ordinances.

Permit

A permit is needed before you can install a wood stove in Oregon. Permits can be acquired from your local building inspector. Following installation, the wood stove must be inspected. Only certified wood stoves can be installed, with a few exceptions.

Uncertified Stoves

As of Aug. 1, 2010, it is illegal to sell a home in Oregon with a used, uncertified wood stove in it. Uncertified stoves must be destroyed.

Exceptions

Some wood-burning devices don't need to meet certification requirements and don't need to be removed when a home is sold. These include pellet stoves, antique wood stoves, cookstoves, masonry heaters, masonry fireplaces and central wood-fired furnaces.

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