Wood Stove Exchange Program

Smart Burning Tips


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

Tip #2

Is your chimney smoking? Open the damper on your stove for a more efficient, cleaner burning fire that will release more heat into your home (Radio Clip).

Tip #3

Open the damper on your stove for 10 or 15 minutes after starting your fire. Once the wood is charred, your stove can be dampered down (Radio Clip).

Program Summary

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has $250 rebates available on a first-come, first-serve basis to those residents of the Comox Valley who are exchanging non-CSA certified wood stoves for a new CSAB415 standard wood, pellet or gas heating appliance.

New certified appliances burn 30% less wood, significantly reduce the risk of chimney fires, and reduce smoke and particulate emissions by 70%.

Watch for the next "Burn-it-Smart" workshop. It is a good opportunity to learn about firewood management and combustion techniques to maximize the efficiency of your fire while also ensuring it produces minimal smoke emissions. We will also discuss the technologies new wood stoves employ to increase safety, burn less wood, and minimize emissions.


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-CSA certified model built prior to 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).

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 2016 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. Ask your retailer about additional rebates available from manufacturers.

Alternatively, if you want to purchase your new appliance from another retailer, or handle the installation yourself, contact the CVRD wood stove exchange program co-ordinator at 250-339-2241 or wsrebate@gmail.com to confirm your eligibility, get a tracking number and a rebate application form. Here is a list of documentation that you will have to submit with your rebate application:

  • Sales receipt for wood stove 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).

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: wsrebate@gmail.com