[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Fairfax 8-8-2006 by Ord. No. 309. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- EXTERNAL SOLID FUEL-FIRED HEATING DEVICE
- A device designed for external solid fuel combustion so that usable heat is derived for the interior of a building, and includes solid fuel-fired stoves, solid fuel-fired cooking stoves, and combination fuel furnaces or boilers which burn solid fuel. Solid fuel-fired heating devices do not include natural gas-fired fireplace logs or wood-burning fireplaces or wood stoves in the interior of a dwelling.
- An individual, partnership, corporation, company or other association.
- STACKS or CHIMNEYS
- Any vertical structure incorporated into a building and enclosing a flue or flues that carry off smoke or exhaust from a solid fuel-fired heating device, especially the part of such a structure extending above a roof.
The City of Fairfax requires any person to obtain a building permit for any external solid fuel-fired heating device that is sold or purchased after the date this chapter becomes effective.
All external solid fuel-fired heating devices used, installed or purchased within the City limits of Fairfax, Minnesota are required to meet emission standards currently required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listing. No person shall use an external solid fuel-fired heating device in violation of this subsection.
All outdoor wood-burning units or external solid fuel-fired heating devices are subject to public nuisance as described in Chapter 155.
Any dense smoke, noxious fumes, gas and soot, or cinders, in unreasonable quantities, or any use of an external solid fuel-fired heating device to burn solid fuels other than those solid fuels for which the external solid fuel-fired heating device was designed, is declared a public nuisance.
All stacks or chimneys must be so constructed to withstand high winds or other related elements and according to the specifications of the manufacturer of the external solid fuel-fired heating device. The stack height shall be a minimum of 20 feet above ground level. All stacks or chimneys must be of masonry or insulated metal with a minimum six-inch flue. No person shall use an external solid fuel-fired heating device in violation of this subsection.
Only wood or other fuels designed for burning in an external solid fuel-fired heating device may be burned. No garbage may be burned in an external solid fuel-fired heating device. No person shall use an external solid fuel-fired heating device in violation of this subsection.
No person may use an external solid fuel-fired heating device in the City of Fairfax during the months of May, June, July, August, September and October.
Any violation of this chapter is a misdemeanor. Each day a violation occurs is a separate offense.