Yes, You CAN Burn Wood in Colorado
Yes, there have been many environmental restrictions related to burning wood added through the years. And, yes, you can still burn genuine firewood in Colorado. A widespread misconception about wood-burning is causing many people to miss out on enjoying the wonderful benefits of modern, efficient fireplaces, wood stoves, fireplace inserts, and pellet stoves.
For expert help, answers to any questions you may have, and assurance that the wood-burning appliance you purchase meets requirements, contact us at Inglenook Energy Center at (303) 838-3612. Our customers travel from all around the Denver area and the Front Range to visit our “destination” store and showroom, located at 26731 Main Street in Conifer, Colorado. There you can see over 40 burning displays of stoves and fireplaces in our 5 room, 3000+ Sq. Ft. showroom.
Straight from the following resources, find out more details about the fact that wood-burning is allowed below: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Colorado Wood burning Regulations as provided by Boulder County Colorado.
Colorado Wood Burning Regulations
Appliances that aren’t up to current codes cannot be sold, resold, or installed. Colorado Phase III stoves can be installed, but they must pass standards for both carbon monoxide emission and particulate matter standards. Stoves that are EPA Phase II certified must only pass particulate emissions standards.
A fireplace can be installed and used in a Colorado residence as long as it is a gas, electric, or certified wood burning insert or stove or an approved pellet stove or pellet stove insert.
An Air Quality Action Day is a day in which air quality is either unhealthy in general or unhealthy for sensitive groups. Action Days in Colorado trigger voluntary pollution prevention measures, which vary from season to season. The Air Quality Action Day hotline is (303) 782-0211. More details are on the Colorado.gov website. The use of wood burning fireplaces and stoves is prohibited on Air Quality Action Days unless:
- The stove is either EPA Phase II or Colorado Phase III certified.
- The stove is an approved pellet stove.
- The wood burning stove is the primary source of heat or provides more than half of the annual heating for a residence.
- The location is above 7,000 feet in elevation.
Colorado Regulation No. 4
Updated guidelines for the sale, installation, and operation of various new wood-burning appliances are provided by Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Regulation No. 4. The appliances regulated include fireplaces, masonry heaters, wood-burning stoves, pellet stoves, and exempt devices. Regulation No. 4 applies to all residential dwellings in the seven-county Denver-Metropolitan area. On high pollution days between November 1 through March 31 in most of this area, there is a mandatory ban on use of uncertified wood-burning appliances, no matter what type of fuel they burn.
Buy a Certified Wood-Burning Appliance for your Colorado Home
For new appliances, the real trick is simply to purchase a certified, approved wood-burning system for your home that meets current Colorado standards. These efficient appliances are packed with benefits and are not subject to restrictions that might leave you in the cold.