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Washington

Regulations

Washington was the first and for a long time, the only state, that forbade the sale and installation of older, non-certified stoves. It was also the first and

Updated: February 2024

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only state to maintain stricter state-wide emissions regulations by requiring non-catalytic stoves sold and installed in Washington be no more than 4.5 grams an hour as of 1992, and catalytic stoves no more than 2.5 grams an hour. Washington was the only state to effectively ban outdoor wood boilers and required masonry heaters and fireplaces to emit no more than 7.3 grams per kilogram.

 

Tacoma-Pierce County, Washington: As of October 2015, it is illegal to purchase or operate an uncertified wood stove in the Tacoma-Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone.

Incentives

No state-wide incentives for wood and pellet stoves that we are aware of at the moment.

Change-out Programs

SWCAA Woodsmoke Reduction Program | Clark County

Websitehttps://www.swcleanair.gov/ws/2325clark.html

Status: Active as of November, 2023

Location: Clark County

 

Eligible Fuels: Uncertified wood and pellet devices → Certified wood stove, furnace, and wood-fired hydronic heater

 

Notable Feature: In addition the county offers fireplace retrofits and wood stove buybacks.

Incentive Amounts

For the standard voucher, applicants are eligible for $4,000 for an electrical or geothermal device, $2,000 for a wood pellet device, and $1,500 for a gas device replacement. For the low income voucher, participants can receive $8,000 for an electrical or geothermal device, $4,000 for a wood pellet device, and $3,000 for a gas device replacement.

Program Duration

The program is ongoing until June 30, 2025 or until funding is depleted.

Procedure

Fill out the program application and save as a PDF to the computer. Attach to an email with Subject:*County* Wood stove Smoke Reduction Program. Be sure to include a photo of the desired device for change-out. 

Requirements

Must burn at least one cord of wood each heating season to be eligible. Must be current on property taxes.

More Information

For more information, please call (360) 574-3058, email duane@swcleanair.gov, or visit the program website.

SWCAA Woodsmoke Reduction Program | Skamania County

Website: https://www.swcleanair.gov/ws/2325skamaniabuyback.html

Status: Active  as of November, 2023.

Location: Skamania County

 

Eligible Fuels: Old and/or uncertified wood stove, furnace, and hydronic heater for buyback

 

Notable Feature: Any property located in Skamania County is eligible.

Incentive Amounts

For the buyback program, a $500 incentive is available to participants who recycle their old wood heating device.

Program Duration

The program is ongoing until June 30, 2025 or until funding is depleted.

Procedure

Fill out the program application and save as a PDF to the computer. Attach to an email and send to duane@swcleanair.gov. Afterward, an IRS W9 form will be requested alongside a photo of the old device. Once approved, SWCAA will then contact the applicant to schedule a time to drop off the old wood heating device. *The participant is required to remove the device themselves.* A SWCAA employee will meet the participant at the recycling center and provide the Buyback Receipt. A check worth $500 will then be issued by mail within 3-6 weeks.

Requirements

Must organize delivery of wood heating device to recycling center independently.

More Information

For more information, please call (360) 574-3058, email duane@swcleanair.gov, or visit the program website.

SWCAA Woodsmoke Reduction Program | Cowlitz County

Website: https://www.swcleanair.gov/ws/2325cowlitz.html

Status: Active as of November, 2023.

Location: Properties found within the permanent No Burn Area (NBA)  boundaries of: Longview, Kelso, and Woodland.

 

Eligible Fuels: Uncertified wood and pellet devices → Certified wood stove, furnace, and wood-fired hydronic heater

 

Notable Feature: In addition the county offers fireplace retrofits and woodstove buybacks.

Incentive Amounts

For the standard voucher, applicants are eligible for $4,000 for an electrical or geothermal device, $2,000 for a wood pellet device, and $1,500 for a gas device replacement. For the low income voucher, participants can receive $8,000 for an electrical or geothermal device, $4,000 for a wood pellet device, and $3,000 for a gas device replacement.

Program Duration

The program is ongoing until June 30, 2025 or until funding is depleted.

Procedure

Fill out the program application and save as a PDF to the computer. Attach to an email with Subject:*County* Wood stove Smoke Reduction Program. Be sure to include a photo of the desired device for change-out. 

Requirements

Must burn at least one cord of wood each heating season to be eligible. Must be current on property taxes.

More Information

For more information, please call (360) 574-3058, email duane@swcleanair.gov, or visit the program website.

 

SWCAA Woodsmoke Reduction Program | Wahkiakum County

Website: https://www.swcleanair.gov/ws/2325wahreplacement.html

Status: Active as of November, 2023

Location: All properties in Wahkiakum County are eligible for this program.

 

Eligible Fuels: Uncertified wood and pellet devices → Certified wood stove, furnace, and wood-fired hydronic heater

 

Notable Feature: In addition the county offers fireplace retrofits and wood stove buybacks.

Incentive Amounts

For the standard voucher, applicants are eligible for $4,000 for an electrical or geothermal device, $2,000 for a wood pellet device, and $1,500 for a cord wood or gas device replacement. For the low income voucher, participants can receive $8,000 for an electrical or geothermal device, $4,000 for a wood pellet device, and $3,000 for a cord wood or gas device replacement.

Program Duration

The program is ongoing until June 30, 2025 or until funding is depleted.

Procedure

Fill out the program application and save as a PDF to the computer. Attach to an email with Subject:*County* Wood stove Smoke Reduction Program. Be sure to include a photo of the desired device for change-out. 

Requirements

Must burn at least one cord of wood each heating season to be eligible. Must be current on property taxes.

More Information

For more information, please call (360) 574-3058, email duane@swcleanair.gov, or visit the program website.

SWCAA Woodsmoke Reduction Program | Lewis County

Website: https://www.swcleanair.gov/ws/2325lewis.html

Status: Active as of November, 2023

Location: Properties found within the urban Growth Area (UGA) boundaries of: Centralia and Chehalis.

 

Eligible Fuels: Uncertified wood and pellet devices → Certified wood stove, furnace, and wood-fired hydronic heater

 

Notable Feature: In addition the county offers fireplace retrofits and wood stove buybacks.

Incentive Amounts

For the standard voucher, applicants are eligible for $4,000 for an electrical or geothermal device, $2,000 for a wood pellet device, and $1,500 for a gas device replacement. For the low income voucher, participants can receive $8,000 for an electrical or geothermal device, $4,000 for a wood pellet device, and $3,000 for a gas device replacement.

Program Duration

The program is ongoing until June 30, 2025 or until funding is depleted.

Procedure

Fill out the program application and save as a PDF to the computer. Attach to an email with Subject:*County* Wood stove Smoke Reduction Program. Be sure to include a photo of the desired device for change-out. 

Requirements

Must burn at least one cord of wood each heating season to be eligible. Must be current on property taxes.

More Information

For more information, please call (360) 574-3058, email duane@swcleanair.gov, or visit the program website.

Columbia Valley Wood Stove Change-Out Program | Columbia Valley

Website: https://nwcleanairwa.gov/resources/columbia-valley-air-quality-improvement-project/

Status: Active as of November, 2023

Location: The Columbia Valley urban growth area of Whatcom County.

 

Eligible Fuels: Uncertified wood device → certified wood or pellet stove, heat pump

 

Notable Feature: The Northwest Clean Air Agency partners with the Opportunity Council to implement the change-out program. 

Incentive Amounts

Email sethp@nwcleanairwa.gov with “Columbia Valley Woodstove Change-Out” in the subject line, or call 360-428-1617, for more info. 

Program Duration

The program is ongoing until funds are depleted.

Procedure

Contact Eryn Spellman at the Opportunity Council at 360-734-5121 ext. 102 or by email at eryn_spellman@oppco.org to see if you qualify for the program. Be sure to mention that you want to participate in the Columbia Valley Woodstove Change-Out Program.

Requirements

Residents of Whatcom County only. 

More Information

For more information, please email sethp@nwcleanairwa.gov with “Columbia Valley Woodstove Change-Out” in the subject line, or call 360-428-1617.

Wood Stove Replacement Program | Kittitas County 

Status: NO LONGER ACTIVE

Puget Sound Wood Stove Program | Pierce, King, Kitsap, and Snohomish Counties

Website: https://www.pscleanair.gov/409/Wood-Stove-Program

Status: Active as of November, 2023

Location: Pierce, King, Kitsap, and Snohomish counties

 

Eligible Fuels: Uncertified or certified wood stoves, free-standing manufactured fireplaces, wood-burning furnaces, or coal-burning devices to be removed and recycled

Notable Feature: Open to both homeowners and rental property owners. 

Incentive Amounts

Residents of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties can receive $500 for recycling their old, polluting wood stoves.

Program Duration

The program is ongoing until funds are depleted. Sign up here to be notified when this year’s program resumes.

Procedure

One project per household limit; open to homeowners or rental property owners. Once approved, applicants will receive an agency issued coupon and instructions for recycling their stove and receiving the $500 voucher. Participants have 45 days to recycle their stove at a designated facility to receive the voucher. 

Requirements

Wood stoves or fireplace inserts that are uncertified or don’t meet the 2020 EPA standard and wood-burning furnaces or coal-burning devices are accepted. Free-standing manufactured fireplaces, not built-in, zero-clearance or traditional brick fireplaces are accepted. The device must be in working order and can be installed or uninstalled for the recycling reward. Indoor barrel stoves and trash burners are not eligible for the reward.

More Information

For more information, please visit the program website or call (206) 343-8800 or email woodstove@pscleanair.gov.

Wood Stove Change-Out Program | Spokane County

Website: https://spokanecleanair.org/burning/changeout/

Status: Active as of November, 2023

Location: Spokane County

 

Eligible Fuels: Uncertified wood stove or insert → Certified stove or fireplace insert (wood, pellet, or electric)

Notable Feature(s): The stove retailer removes and is responsible for destroying the old device. Homeowners are responsible for calling the permit department for a final inspection.

Incentive Amounts

Homeowners in Spokane County can receive up to $2,500 for replacing their old wood heating device. From wood to certified wood, there is a $1,000 voucher. From wood to pellet, a $1,400 voucher, from wood to gas, an $1,800 voucher, and from wood to ductless, mini-split heat pump, a $2,500 voucher.

Program Duration

The program is currently set to continue through the year 2025.

Procedure

Interested participants must first submit an application along with a photo of their current stove. Following submission and review by the Spokane Clean Air staff, applicants will receive a letter of qualification or rejection, including an explanation. If accepted, a dated voucher and list of participating retailers will be included in the letter. Voucher recipients can choose a participating retailer and present their voucher for discount at the time of purchase for a new device. The chosen business will photograph the old stove and the new device upon installation. The business then removes and is responsible for destroying the old device. Homeowners are responsible for calling the permit department for a final inspection.

Requirements

Participants must be a homeowner of a property in Spokane County. They must have an installed, operational wood burning stove that is either non-EPA certified or at least 20 years old. The stove must be used on a regular basis and burn at least one cord of wood during a typical heating season.

More Information

For more information regarding the program, please visit the program website or call the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency at (509) 477-4727 ext 115.

 

Thurston County Wood Stove Change-Out Program | Thurston County

Website: https://www.orcaa.org/burning/indoor-wood-heating/wood-smoke-reduction-program/

Status: Active as of November, 2023

Location: Thurston, Mason, Clallam, and Jefferson counties

 

Eligible Fuels: Non-compliant wood stove or fireplace insert → natural gas, propane, electric, pellet, or heat pump

Notable Feature: The program also offers a stove recycling program

Incentive Amounts

The current rate of support for changing out a qualified wood stove to Natural Gas, Propane, electric ‘fire’ place, or pellet stove is $1,000, and $2,000 for changing to an electric Heat Pump – Ductless or Ducted. 

Program Duration

The program is ongoing until funds are depleted.

Procedure

Contact your local hearth products dealer, or HVAC dealer, for more details.

Requirements

Must burn at least one cord of wood per year to qualify. 

More Information

For more information, please visit the program website or contact ORCAA at (360) 539-7610 or info@orcaa.org.

 

Vancouver Wood Stove Replacement Program | Vancouver

Status: NO LONGER ACTIVE

Wood Smoke Reduction Program | Wenatchee

Status: NO LONGER ACTIVE

Wood Stove Change-Out Program | Yakima

Websitehttps://www.yakimacleanair.org/air-quality/woodstoves.html

Status: Active as of November, 2023

Location: Yakima Valley

 

Eligible Fuels: Wood (uncertified) -> wood (certified), pellet, propane, electric, natural gas

Notable Feature: When removed, uncertified woodstoves must be made inoperable.

Incentive Amounts

​​Rebate amounts depend on the year of the current device in your home and what the replacement device is to be. There is also a Recycle Program if you have an older wood burning device that you no longer use. YRCAA  will pay you to get rid of that older device- traditional wood stoves recycle at  $350.00 and barrel stoves at $100.00

Program Duration

The program is ongoing until funds are depleted.

Procedure

Call 509-834-2050 Ext 100 or email admin@yrcaa.org

Requirements

During a heating season you must use at least 2 cords of wood or 1.5 Tons of pellets. You must own a residence and pay taxes in Yakima County. Must be willing to recycle your old device.

More Information

For more information, please call 509-834-2050 Ext 100 or email admin@yrcaa.org.

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