B.C. Air Quality

Provincial Wood Stove Exchange Program: Exchange Guidelines

ORIGINAL APPLIANCES that can be CHANGED OUT under the Program

1. The following three kinds of stoves:

non-EPA-certified stove non-EPA-certified barrel stove non-EPA-certified homemade stove
free-standing non-EPA-certified stove "barrel" stove “homemade" stove


2. A so-called “airtight” non-EPA-certified fireplace insert or tube-type heat exchanger with a face plate and door that is installed in an open-hearth fireplace.

non-EPA-certified fireplace insert


3. A non-EPA-certified “wood furnace” (ducted, forced-air, home-heating appliance). This may only be replaced by an EPA-certified wood furnace or pellet furnace (includes add-on wood furnaces and wood/electric combos).

non-EPA-certified wood furnace


4. A wood-burning cook stove.

cook stove


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NOTE: Value of rebates cannot exceed value of appliance!

1. An EPA-certified wood stove, pellet stove, or gas stove/fireplace.

EPA-certified wood stove   EPA-certified pellet stove
EPA-certified wood stove   EPA-certified pellet stove


2. An EPA-certified wood insert, pellet insert, electric insert or gas insert.

EPA-certified wood insert


3. An EPA-certified factory-built wood fireplace. This may only be accepted if it is replacing a NON-EPA-certified WOOD STOVE OR NON-EPA-certified WOOD INSERT (not an existing factory-built fireplace; see below for a description).

EPA-certified factory-built fireplace


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WHAT DOES NOT QUALIFY as a Replacement Appliance 
(Program funding will not be provided to install these appliances.)

1. A new insert to an existing open-hearth fireplace that does NOT currently have an insert installed in it. An exchange of an existing wood appliance must take place.

2. Electric stoves or fireplaces (replacement electric inserts are allowed).

3. Factory-built (“zero-clearance”) fireplaces.

4. Wood cook stoves: Cook stoves are EPA exempt. Therefore, they are not covered by this program. They may be replaced by an EPA-certified stove or other "noncooking" product within the qualification list above.

5. Outdoor appliances: a replacement unit must be installed in an area with four walls, ceiling and a door.

6. Tin heaters/tent stoves, i.e., something NOT used in a residential application.

EPA-Certified Factory-Built Fireplaces
These fireplaces are essentially wood stoves in a zero-clearance configuration that have by choice been tested to EPA standards. Generally, existing factory-builts are meant for aesthetic occasional use and, therefore, the same rules about open hearths apply to them.

Photos courtesy of John Vere.
Drawings courtesy of Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

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