Here is a sample of existing regs I presenting my recomendations to our local board of health to adopt Let hash it out here and see what we come up with. Following is current regs in other states and comunities. http://www.dhfs.state.wi.us/eh/HlthHaz/fs/waterstoves.htm#ExistingLaws In some communities, the best approach to managing nuisance complaints and public health hazards is a local ordinance that restricts or bans the use of OWBs. While water stoves are typically used in rural settings, an increasing number are being installed in subdivisions and small towns. If your municipality is receiving complaints about OWBs, you should consider the following best-management practices for their placement and use: 1. Ensure that OWBs are installed where they do not create an air pollution health hazard. Local officials should give careful consideration to the influence that changes in land use can have on where OWBs are installed. This is especially important when agriculturally zoned land is changed to residential. This frequently results in homes being built too close to OWBs. 2. Restrict what can be burnt in an OWB to clean dry firewood. 3. Place OWBs at least 300-500 feet from the nearest building which is not on the same property as the unit. 4. Require that OWB chimneys be 15 feet high, or at least as high as the roofs of nearby buildings. 5. Require annual permitting of OWBs by the local fire chief. For more guidance on establishing control over the installation and use of OWBs please refer to the DNR "Model Ordinance for Outdoor Burning, Open Burning and Burning of Refuse – A Guide for Wisconsin Counties, Cities, Villages and Towns." You can retrieve this document at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/ob/modelOrdinance.htm. (exit DHFS) The states of Vermont and Washington do regulate OWBs. The Vermont regulations include the44 following provisions: (1) Installation of an OWB must be at least 200 feet from the nearest neighboring residence; (2) The stack on the furnace must be higher than the roof line if the furnace is between 200 feet and 500 feet from the nearest neighboring home; (3) The OWB must comply with local ordinances and its operation must not create a nuisance; (4) Dealers and sellers of OWBs must provide buyers with a legal notice stating that: only untreated natural wood may be burned; installation is subject to the distance and stack height requirements stated above; and that the OWB, even if meeting the above requirements, may not be used if the terrain is inappropriate and renders the OWB to be a nuisance or public health hazard. This legal notice must be signed by both the buyer Town of Queensbury - A permit is required for operation of an OWB and must meet the following requirements: (a) only firewood and untreated lumber may be burned, (b) may be installed only in permitted zones, (c) must be installed on a lot of three acres or more, (d) must be set back at least 200 feet from nearest lot line, (e) may only be operated between September 1 and May 31, and (f) must best st equipped with a properly functioning spark arrestor. Village of South Glens Falls - Installation of any OWB must meet the following requirements: (a) smokestack must exceed four feet and be higher than any adjacent structure within 50 feet of the furnace, (b) must be installed at least 200 feet from the closest residential property line, (c) may only burn wood, and (d) may not be used as a waste incinerator. Town of Moreau (proposed) - A permit, issued by the Town Building Inspector or Code Enforcement Officer, is required for operation of an OWB and must meet the following requirements: (a) only firewood and untreated lumber may be burned, (b) may be installed only in permitted zones, (c) must be installed on a lot of three acres or more, (d) must be set back at least 500 feet from nearest lot line, (e) may only be operated between September 1 and May 31, and (f) must be equipped with a properlyst st functioning spark arrestor.