Homeowners who upgrade to an EPA-certified stove in 2013 are eligible for a biomass federal tax credit up to $300. Many wood-burning stoves in homes today are outdated, dirty burning, and non-EPA compliant. Since 1989 the Environmental Protection Agency has required that only EPA compliant stoves are sold in the U.S. High-Efficiency stoves not only burn cleaner, but are more cost-efficient to operate since less wood is used.
Homeowners should ask their hearth stove store or chimney sweep about which stoves are eligible for the program. It is not known whether the credit will be extended to 2014 at this time.
The Midwest Chimney Safety Council suggests that homeowners should not be tempted to purchase a cheap, outdated dirty-burning wood stove from an individual because in addition to the poor quality, it may not be legal to install. In the greater Kansas City area all stoves installed must be EPA Certified and U.L. Listed, and installed by a Licensed Mechanical Contractor. A permit is required for the installation. The stove and chimney must be installed with proper materials and clearances or a house fire could result.
The Alliance for Green Heat is hosting the Wood Stove Design Challenge, a competition in which 14 stove designers and manufacturers demonstrate their cleaner, more efficient, and user-friendly stoves. The overall winner and the People's Choice Award will be announced following the Wood Stove Decathlon, which will be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in November.
For more information visit the Midwest Chimney Safety Council website at www.mcsc-net.org