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Carbondale urges best practices for wood burning

The Carbondale Environmental Board has released a public service announcement outlining best practices for wood burning.

Following complaints about air quality earlier this year, the board discussed possible measures to offset winter wood smoke in town, including requiring EPA certified stoves. So far, the board has made no moves toward such requirements.

In the PSA, the town encourages residents with woodstoves or fireplaces to burn dry, well seasoned wood; have stoves inspected and serviced annually; and upgrade to an efficient stove if possible.

Carbondale building codes require EPA certification for fireplaces and woodstoves (though not pellet stoves) in all new construction. The requirements do not apply to existing structures.