Why should I exchange my old wood stove?
Old wood burning appliances burn inefficiently and create more air pollution than new appliances. According to Bylaw 773 only wood burning appliances (included without limitation stoves, fireplaces inserts or wood boilers) that meet the emission standards CAN/CSA B415.1 or the EPA standards could be granted a permit to be installed within the Regional District of Central Okanagan.
The proposed BC emissions standard for Non-catalytic appliances is 4.5 grams/hour and for Catalytic appliances 2.5 grams/hour. The EPA is also considering a New Source Performance Standards for Residential Wood Heaters and could be found here. We encourage residents to buy appliances that comply with the proposed BC emissions standards.
There are several effective ways to reduce air pollutants. Natural gas and electricity are much cleaner ways to heat a home. Proper insulation and weather stripping can cost less than a wood stove and reduce heating costs. If you are planning to install a new heating device, choose cleaner and more efficient heating (non-wood burning) devices.
If you must use wood, the EPA-certified wood burning appliances heat more efficiently, using about 1/3 less wood and creating 90% less smoke. When used correctly, it is possible to burn without creating any visible smoke. The Wood Burning Best Practices pages provide great information and videos to assist you in burning cleaner.
Rebates now available!
The provincial Woodstove Exchange program, with rebates of $250, are now available. This year there are 51 rebates for distribution within the Central Okanagan.
Rebates Remaining: 41 of 51 (updated October 20, 2016)
Since 2001, the Central Okanagan has been offering the Woodstove Exchange Program in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment in an effort to encourage citizens to exchange their old woodstove for an EPA certified woodstove (approved pellet, electric or gas hearth product) to prevent air pollution in the region. This effort has helped 1,858 residents within RDCO, RDNO and RDOS to exchange their old, non-EPA certified woodstoves for new technology products; resulting in particulate matter reduction of up to 113 tonnes per year (based on BC Ministry of Environment reduction estimates).
Exchange your old Wood Stove, improve your health, get a $250 rebate and save money!
- Visit your local participating retailer
- Choose an EPA-certified wood burning appliance ; EPA certified wood, pellet, electric or gas burning hearth product (freestanding or fireplace insert).
- Year-round discounts could also apply to specific models and brands. Be sure the model you choose is EPA certified and comply with the CAN/CSA B415.1 standards!
- Recycle your old wood stove. Retailers can help you with the recycling paperwork or provide related information.
- Obtain a proper building permit for legal installation
- Retailers will help you to fill out the appropriate RDCO Tracking form and they will send the paperwork to the RDCO
- You will receive a $250 cheque directly to your mailing address with a "Burn it Smart" DVD and a Guide to Residential Wood Heating
Did you know?
That since 1998, it is illegal to install a non-EPA wood burning appliance within the Central Okanagan.
Participating Retailers 2016
BEFORE you replace your old wood burning appliance, contact your insurance company to learn if you can save on home insurance (by qualifying as a secondary heat source) AND to find out if your insurance company imposes any additional requirements (such as a WETT inspection).
For more information on the Great Okanagan Woodstove Change Out Program and how wood smoke impacts our environment, go to bcairquality.ca.
Regional Air Quality Coordinator