Responses Greatly Appreciated for Wood Stove Research!

Hello, everyone! I am a researcher for a non-profit called the Alliance for Green Heat that promotes modern wood and pellet heating systems as low-carbon, affordable, and sustainable heating systems. We are doing research into how wood and pellet stoves are evaluated in energy audits, and have been taking a close look into a lot of home inspection softwares like the Targeted Retrofit Energy Analysis Tool (TREAT), National Energy Audit Tool (NEAT), Manufactured Home Energy Audit (MHEA), and OptiMiser, in addition to standards like the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Standards.

We’ve been concerned that a lot of dirty wood and pellet stoves are remaining in homes because a lot of the software we’ve looked at doesn’t seem to include guidelines for inspecting wood stoves thoroughly. But we haven’t really been able to talk to actual energy auditors about their experiences with wood stoves, so any responses/discussion around the following questions would be extremely appreciated!

– When you see a wood or pellet stove in a house, do you inspect it? What do you look for when you inspect it?
– Do the auditing tools/softwares you use tend to include spaces for checking a wood/pellet stove’s model year/number, proximity to combustibles, efficiency, emission, venting, etc? (Which softwares do you use)?
– Do you ever encounter dirty wood or pellet stoves that you recommend replacements for?

Any other information at all regarding the prevalence of wood stoves in home inspections would be greatly appreciated. You can also email me at or our president John Ackerly at Thank you in advance!