By Benjamin Schmidt and Sarah Coefield
Air Quality Specialists, Missoula City-County Health Department 

Wood stove heating season, burn clean, more efficient


November 25, 2021

Chart provided by Missoula City-County Health Department

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake's winter air quality has improved since the community successfully replaced more than 160 old wood stoves with new, lower emission stoves during the 2012-2014 wood stove change out program. The Seeley Lake "Number of Winter Day Over 24-Hour PM2.5 Standard" graph shows that PM2.5 concentrations are trending down over the last nine winters. (Note: The winter of 2016-2017 had a long-lasting high-pressure ridge that caused high PM2.5 levels throughout western Montana.)

Despite these overall improvements, wood stove smoke continues to be a significant source of air poll...

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