Appliances eligible for exchange
If you have one of these old wood stoves, you may be eligible to apply for an exchange rebate from your local Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program.
- Homemade stove
- Barrel stove
- Free-standing stove
- Non-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified
- An airtight non-EPA certified fireplace insert or tube-type heat exchanger with a face plate and door installed in an open-hearth fireplace
- A non-EPA certified wood furnace (ducted, forced-air, home-heating appliance)
Other eligible appliances
Outdoor wood boilers (OWBs) may be allowed as eligible appliances for exchange.
Check with your community program coordinators for more information.
Qualifying products to replace original appliances
- An EPA-certified wood stove or pellet stove
- An EPA-certified wood insert or pellet insert, or an electrical insert
- An EPA-certified factory-built wood fireplace
- This may only be accepted if it's 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
- An EPA or CSA B415 certified wood or pellet furnace only if it's replacing an existing uncertified wood-burning furnace
Participating communities may restrict the list of qualifying appliances in their area.
Products that do not qualify as replacements
- A new wood burning insert to an existing open-hearth fireplace that does not currently have an insert installed
- 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
- They may be replaced by an EPA-certified stove or other non-cooking product within the qualification list above
- Tin heaters/tent stoves or any appliance not used in a residential application
- Natural gas stoves or fireplaces
- Propane stoves or fireplaces
EPA-certified factory-built fireplaces
These fireplaces are wood stoves in a zero-clearance configuration that are tested to EPA standards.
Generally, existing factory-builds are meant for aesthetic occasional use, therefore the rules for open hearths apply.