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The NJDEP Compliance and Enforcement (C&E) program is aware of numerous complaints of the smoke and odors of outdoor wood boilers and other wood burning equipment. Issues with outdoor wood boilers are being investigated under the authority of N.J.A.C. 7:27 Subchapters 3 and 5. Local actions are appropriate to reduce and prevent the excessive smoke from residential wood burning occurring in New Jersey. Some local ordinances have already been passed in the State.

Wood burning should be done with dry hard woods in devices that do not smoke after the start of the fire. No visible emissions are allowed from wood fired boilers, except for 3 minutes out of 30 minutes which allows for starting the fire. Many older OWBs have been cited for excessive smoke, and it is unclear whether new OWBs can be operated without visible smoke. If you are considering the purchase of a new OWB, you should insist that it come with a guarantee that it will not smoke after startup, when operated properly. Otherwise, if it smokes and causes verified neighborhood complaints, you will be cited and will not be able to legally use the unit.

There are no federal regultions for OWBs. However, the USEPA has voluntary standards that manufacturers may choose to implement for their units. These units are cleaner than older versions of OWBs but they still may not meet New Jersey’s regulations.

Even though wood is a renewable energy source, burning wood impacts public health and the environment. One such environmental impact is the release of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Wood smoke also emits fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which pose a significant health risk, and is the largest source of PM2.5 in the State’s area source emission inventory. This site is intended to provide you with the facts of wood burning and what the State is doing to control wood smoke in New Jersey.

As the price of oil and gas in the Northeast continues to rise, more people are turning to wood burning as a primary or supplemental heat source for their homes. This trend was also demonstrated in the 1980’s. Another growing trend in homeownership is to burn wood in yards for ornamental reasons. Firepits and chimeneas have become increasingly popular. Another new source of wood smoke comes from outdoor wood boilers used to heat hot water that in turn heats the home, swimming pools, greenhouses, etc. As the usage of these units has grown, a growing number of citizens have turned to local, county, and state government for assistance in addressing the wood burning activities of their neighbors.

The NJDEP Compliance and Enforcement (C&E) program is aware of numerous complaints of the smoke and odors of outdoor wood boilers and other wood burning equipment. Issues with outdoor wood boilers are being investigated under the authority of N.J.A.C. 7:27 Subchapters 3 and 5. Local actions are appropriate to reduce and prevent the excessive smoke from residential wood burning occurring in New Jersey. Some local ordinances have already been passed in the State.

Wood burning should be done with dry hard woods in devices that do not smoke after the start of the fire. No visible emissions are allowed from wood fired boilers, except for 3 minutes out of 30 minutes which allows for starting the fire. Many older OWBs have been cited for excessive smoke, and it is unclear whether new OWBs can be operated without visible smoke. If you are considering the purchase of a new OWB, you should insist that it come with a guarantee that it will not smoke after startup, when operated properly. Otherwise, if it smokes and causes verified neighborhood complaints, you will be cited and will not be able to legally use the unit.

There are no federal regultions for OWBs. However, the USEPA has voluntary standards that manufacturers may choose to implement for their units. These units are cleaner than older versions of OWBs but they still may not meet New Jersey’s regulations.

Even though wood is a renewable energy source, burning wood impacts public health and the environment. One such environmental impact is the release of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Wood smoke also emits fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which pose a significant health risk, and is the largest source of PM2.5 in the State’s area source emission inventory. This site is intended to provide you with the facts of wood burning and what the State is doing to control wood smoke in New Jersey.

As the price of oil and gas in the Northeast continues to rise, more people are turning to wood burning as a primary or supplemental heat source for their homes. This trend was also demonstrated in the 1980’s. Another growing trend in homeownership is to burn wood in yards for ornamental reasons. Firepits and chimeneas have become increasingly popular. Another new source of wood smoke comes from outdoor wood boilers used to heat hot water that in turn heats the home, swimming pools, greenhouses, etc. As the usage of these units has grown, a growing number of citizens have turned to local, county, and state government for assistance in addressing the wood burning activities of their neighbors.