Wood Burning Appliances
Using wood for heat is popular in many areas of B.C., however it generates more pollution than other heating alternatives, such as electricity or natural gas. Using a modern clean burning wood heating appliance and basic clean burning practices can minimize the smoke emissions from wood heating.
There are two types of wood burning appliances:
- Space heaters:
- Heat space directly
- Include wood stoves, pellet stoves, conventional fireplaces, high-efficiency fireplaces, fireplace inserts and masonry heaters
- Central heating systems:
- Supply heat through ducts or pipes
- Include wood fired furnaces, outdoor wood fired hydronic heaters, or boilers
Emissions from residential wood heating are a significant source of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions in British Columbia, making up 18% of total PM2.5 emissions.
Use your wood burning appliance properly to reduce emissions: