A movement to regulate fireplaces based on woodsmoke and air pollution has been going on for the last 3 years and now is spreading to larger communities in the West and South. However, some local areas are not waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate fireplaces, but are doing it themselves. Existing fireplaces are difficult, if not impossible to regulate. So, some communities are taking aim at new fireplaces, which are easier to regulate. The first issue in regulating fireplaces is how do you test them for emissions? Woodstoves are tested in a very artificial fashion, burning 2x4s with 1 1/2 inches of air space between each piece. This test, a product of the regulators' wisdom, bears little resemblance to how woodstoves are used in the real world and even less to how fireplaces are used. Both sides of the fireplace industry need a commonly accepted method for testing fireplaces. Otherwise, every company will market a different system, with different numbers, based on a different test.