I was browsing Lehman's, dreaming along through the cookstoves, and had a bit of a reality check when I started seeing this message pop up:"The (cookstove) is exempt from EPA regulations and is legal for sale in most of the USA. However, it is not legal for sale in the state of Washington."
I did some googling, and when my results led back to the Lehman's site I sent in an inquiry, and here was the response:
Unfortunately none of the cookstoves are able to be sold in WA. Stoves sold in Washington must meet both the Washington state standards AND the EPA standards. There is no exemption for cookstoves, furances, non-airtight stoves, etc.. So sorry for this inconvenience!
See http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/indoor_woodsmoke/wood_smoke_page.htm where it says:
To be sold in Washington, all wood burning devices must meet both EPA’s standards and Washington’s stricter standards.
Even devices that are exempt from EPA certification must meet Washington standards.
I knew WA standards were stricter, but I hadn't realized that meant no cookstoves! I mean, you've got to be kidding me. I'm all for clean air, as I have ridiculously sensitive lungs and suffer often from people burning improperly, and even I
know that people should be able to buy a wood-burning cookstove.
As near as I can tell from that link, the ban only applies to new
wood burning devices, so apparently used are okay, that might be one way to get around it. I also wonder if multi fuel stoves like the Waterford Stanley would be acceptable, perhaps only if you burned non-wood fuel in it?
Perhaps if stove manufacturers were made aware of the issue they might test emissions so that we at least know if there are any that are acceptable, and perhaps might even work to change the design to be more clean burning. I hope to email some of them soon just so they know what's going on.
I'm a bit bewildered by the lack of information out there on this matter.