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By Benjamin Schmidt
Air Quality Specialist, Missoula City-County Health Department 

Wood stove technology and air program rule update

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February 17, 2022

Residential wood heating has gone through many changes over the centuries. Fireplaces in Europe were replaced with more efficient masonry heaters when wood became scarce. The Franklin stove, invented in 1742 in the United States, heated colonial homes more efficiently and with less smoke in the home than standard fireplaces and stoves in use at that time. Today, wood stove innovation continues, driven by the need to improve air quality and provide economical heat at the residential scale.

In the 1980s, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted its first rules establish...

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