Residential Wood Burning

Particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) can be a significant contributor to air pollution in Northern Utah, especially during the winter. Burning wood for cooking or warmth releases PM2.5 into the atmosphere in the form of smoke. The following studies examine the impact of wood smoke on wintertime pollution events in Northern Utah.

Current & Ongoing Studies

Aethalometer Study for Estimating Compliance with Wood-burning Ban

The University of Utah Department of Chemical Engineering will collaborate with UDAQ to estimate the contributions of wood burning to wintertime PM2.5 levels using aethalometer data from four locations and from mobile aethalometer measurements. The goal of this study is to identify and understand levels of wood burning and compliance with wood-burning restrictions during the winter of 2018/2019.

Understanding how Wood-burning’s Contribution to Particulate Matter Concentrations have Changed over Time

Wood burning contributes to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution in the Wasatch Front, and reducing the use of wood burning during pollution episodes has been the focus of many policy decisions. This study looks at patterns of temperature, heat deficit, and day of the week along with markers of woodsmoke and mandatory no-burn days, to try and understand if public awareness and policy efforts have been effective in reducing wood burning during pollution events.