Workshop offered for wood stove owners

Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2008

JUNEAU - Juneau residents are invited to a free workshop Monday to learn how to get the fewest emissions out of their wood stoves.

Juneau is in noncompliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency air quality standards. The air quality is not bad every day, but sometimes, the Mendenhall Valley air stagnates and doesn't rise as usual. Emissions from wood stoves stick around at levels where people breathe. The particulates in those emissions cause respiratory problems, cancer and increased mortality.

A workshop hosted by the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service will teach people how to install, operate, maintain and burn wood more efficiently.

Karen Peterson of the Extension Program said the workshop will highlight newer, EPA-certified, high-efficiency wood stoves, but also touch on pellet stoves and old-fashioned stoves.

John Crouch, director of public affairs with the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, will conduct the workshop, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in the Egan Room at Centennial Hall. For an overview of wood-burning issues, visit www.woodheat.org.

Contact the Juneau District Extension office at 796-6221 for more information.



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