Sorry, you can't heat with that anymore!!

Home Inspector with Perfection Inspection, Inc.

Since the first of August of 2010 some major changes have happened regarding wood stoves and what

 needs to happen to them during a real estate transaction.

Just like the wonderful smoke detector laws (ORS 479.297) the new wood stove rules will be one of the few requirements that sellers will need to comply with before the sale of their home.

Under the guise of environmental protection the Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality has decided that wood stoves built before 1985 must be removed if the home is part of a real estate transaction.  To be fair, wood stoves that are 25 years old or older are not as efficient as modern units and do allow much of the heat that is produced through burning wood to be exhausted up the chimney.

If you do not know if the wood stove in your home or listing is

 ok or not there is some labels to look for:
















Unfortunately, these regulations hit at a time when short sales and foreclosures abound and if a seller did have some wiggle room it may now be soaked up with the cost of the removal of the old wood stove.

If you are selling your home or have a home listed and a wood stove or insert is present you may want to check for these labels.  For more information check out the Oregon DEQs


Or you can always call your favorite home inspector who is always up on the latest government regulations:



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Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team
Ken's Home Team LLC. - Vancouver, WA

Wow that is interesting, I am in Washington and I hope that does not come here.....

Aug 30, 2010 11:52 AM #1
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jim, it is pretty rare to find a wood stove that is in good condition----there are so many more efficient ways to heat a home than with wood.  Having heated with wood a HUGE part of my life----I am happy to let it go.

Aug 30, 2010 04:40 PM #2
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

We do not have such a regulation here in CT, but there was some issue made this past winter over outdoor wood furnaces.

Aug 31, 2010 02:30 AM #3
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

We are dealing with this right now on our own home purchase. The home we are trying to buy has two wood stoves and they both have great memories as it is the house I grew up in. I love government and how they try to help!

Sep 13, 2010 05:33 AM #4
Mel Wagner
Knipe Realty - Salem, OR
Principal Broker/Agent Salem Oregon Real Estate

Nice blog Jim.  I think I may figure out how to connect the one I did to your blog.  You have the actual labels to look for here.  That is so funny that we blogged about the same exact thing right around the same time ;-)

Sep 13, 2010 03:22 PM #5
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