Wood Stove Exchange Program

Program Updates

The Comox Valley Regional District has recently allocated funds to offer enhanced incentives for homeowners who are exchanging a non-EPA certified wood stove for non-cordwood heating options including pellet stoves, gas stoves or fireplaces, or electric air source heat pumps. Rebates for exchange to new EPA certified wood stoves continue to be available as well. The schedule of available rebates is as follows:

New heating appliance Total Rebate
EPA certified wood stove  $250
Natural gas or pellet stoves  $600
Electric heat pumps  $1,000

There are limited quantities of each of these rebates, and they will be provided to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. The old wood stove must be decommissioned and recycled once it is removed. Questions regarding the program can be directed to the CVRD wood stove exchange program coordinator at 250-650-2302 or by email.

Exchanging old wood stoves for cleaner options is only part of the solution. Anyone who heats their home with wood has a responsibility to do so properly. Below are some smart burning tips.

Smart Burning Tips - stay warm the smart and safe way!

Tip#1

Signs your woodstove fire needs more air or your wood is too wet (MP3 Radio clip).

Tip#2

Burn only properly seasoned dry firewood. Burning other materials is inefficient and produces harmful emissions (MP3 Radio Clip).

Tip #3

Don't burn wood on days with a poor air quality rating (MP3 Radio Clip).

Tip #4

It's a new year! Now is the time to upgrade to cleaner, more efficient equipment (MP3 Radio Clip).

Program Summary

The Comox Valley Regional District has rebates available to homeowners in the Comox Valley who are exchanging non-EPA certified wood stoves for a new CSAB415 (EPA-certified) standard wood, pellet or gas heating appliance or electric air-source heat pump. New certified wood-burning appliances burn 30 per cent less wood, significantly reduce the risk of chimney fires, and reduce smoke and particulate emissions by up to 70 per cent. Non-cordwood options offer greater convenience, and further reduce (or even eliminate) harmful particulate matter emissions.

Funding support for the Comox Valley wood stove exchange program has been provided by the BC Ministry of Environment, the BC Lung Association & Island Health.

Eligibility

This program is open to homes in all areas of the CVRD, including municipal and rural areas. The wood stove being exchanged must be the primary heating source in the home, and be a non-EPA certified model (ie. built prior to approximately November 1, 1994). The old wood stove must be decommissioned and recycled once it is removed (ie not re-used in a workshop or garage). All work must be done in compliance with local code requirements. The schedule of available rebates is as follows:

New heating appliance Total Rebate
EPA certified wood stove  $250
Natural gas or pellet stoves  $600
Electric heat pumps  $1,000

For those exchanging their wood stove for a natural gas stove or fireplace, eligible models are those eligible under FortisBC’s EnerChoice program (link).

For those exchanging their wood stove for an electric heat pump, eligible models are those eligible under BC Hydro’s Home Renovation Rebate Program (link).

How to apply

There are two ways to apply for the wood stove rebate. The first is to contact one of the three local heating appliance retailers the CVRD has partnered with to deliver the program:

Once your eligibility has been confirmed, the retailer will provide you a tracking number for your application, and will work with you to complete your installation, remove and decommission your old stove and complete your rebate application form [PDF - 259 KB]. Ask your retailer about additional rebates available from manufacturers.

Alternatively, if you want to purchase your new heating appliance from another retailer, or handle the installation yourself, contact the CVRD wood stove exchange program co-ordinator at 250-650-2302 or by email to confirm your eligibility and get a tracking number.

Here is a list of documentation that you will have to submit with your rebate application [PDF - 332 KB]:

  • Sales receipt for replacement heating appliance purchase (& installation);
  • Photo of old wood stove in place & specifications plate on back of stove;
  • Proof of decommissioning of old stove (date stamp on your rebate application form or date-stamped receipt from Comox Valley waste management centre); and
  • WETT inspection report of your new stove installation (if installing a wood stove or pellet stove) OR copy of your BC Safety Authority Gas Installation Permit (if installing a gas stove/fireplace) OR AHRI number or AHRI certificate (if installing an air-source heat pump).

Once your application is complete, you can either leave it with the program partner retailer for collection by the CVRD wood stove exchange program co-ordinator, or you can mail, drop-off or email to:

Wood Stove Exchange Program
Comox Valley Regional District
600 Comox Road, Courtenay, BC V9N 3P6
Email