Wood Stove Exchange Program Eligible Appliances
Eligible Appliances for Exchange
Free-standing non-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified stove
An “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.
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).
A wood-burning cook stove.
Qualifying Products to Replace Original Appliances
- An EPA-certified wood stove or pellet stove or an Enerchoice designated gas or propane fueled stove or fireplace
- An EPA-certified wood insert or pellet insert, an Enerchoice designated gas or propane fueled insert, or an electric insert
- 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 and not an existing factory-built fireplace
- An electric heat pump that meets the criteria for BC Hydro’s heat pump rebate or the criteria for the Oil to Heat Pump Incentive
- An EPA or CSA B415 certified wood or pellet furnace ONLY if it is replacing an existing uncertified wood-burning furnace
Appliances Not Eligible for Exchange
- A new insert to an existing open-hearth fireplace that doesn’t currently have an insert installed in it, an exchange of an existing wood appliance must take place
- Electric stoves or fireplaces (replacement electric inserts are allowed)
- Factory-built (zero-clearance) fireplaces
- Wood cook stoves: Cook stoves are EPA exempt and not covered by this program and may be replaced by an EPA-certified stove or other non-cooking product within the qualification list above
- Outdoor appliances: a replacement unit must be installed in an area with four walls, ceiling and a door
- Tin heaters/tent stoves or any appliance 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 rules about open hearths apply to them.