How can I tell if my wood stove is legal to use?

A certified wood stove/fireplace insert would likely have a label on the back or side indicating it complies with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emission standards. Here are label examples:

US EPA Certified

US EPA Certified Label

Oregon DEQ Certified

Oregon DEQ Certified Label

There are a few other ways to help determine whether you have a certified or uncertified device:

  • If it has solid metal door(s) on the front, then it is uncertified.
  • If it has two glass doors, then it is likely uncertified.
  • If it has one glass door, then more information is needed.
  • If there is a brand/manufacturer name and model type on the device, look for it on the historical list of EPA-certified wood stoves located. Otherwise, you will need to take a picture of it and take it to your nearest hearth dealer for help in identifying.
  • Look for an EPA label on the back or side. If you have a fireplace insert, you may need to remove the decorative facing (surround) to be able to see the manufacturer's label.
  • Consult your owner's manual.

Please note that "UL Tested" or "UL Approved" is not the same as EPA certified.

If you are still not sure your device is uncertified, you can take a picture of the front and back of your stove, along with the manufacturer's label, and take it to your nearest hearth dealer. You may also email us at with the photos and any identifying information you have about your stove.

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1. Why is there this special rule in the Smoke Reduction Zone?
2. Are you going to expand this rule to the rest of the county at some point?
3. How can I tell if my wood stove is legal to use?
4. When did the wood stove rule go into effect?
5. Where does the wood stove rule apply?
6. I would like to replace my old, uncertified wood stove, but I need help with the cost.
7. What does "render inoperable" mean?
8. What do I do with an uncertified stove?
9. Can I buy, sell, exchange, give-away, or reinstall my uncertified device?
10. What about my fireplace? Is that affected by the rule?
11. I have an old stove, but it is the only source of heat I have in my house.
12. How will the Agency enforce this rule?
13. Will you ask to enter homes?
14. Where can I find more info about this rule and the state law that authorizes it?