Replace your smoky, old woodstove for a new cleaner-burning heating appliance and receive up to $600 in rebates. Replacing your old woodstove with a cleaner-burning gas stove, EPA-certified pellet stove, propane stove or heat pump not only saves time hauling and chopping wood, but also reduces health and safety risks associated with burning wood.
Did you know that smoke pollution from woodstove heating can impact your health, as well as the health and well-being of your neighbours, your family and your kids? While woodstoves provide a cozy living room atmosphere, old uncertified woodstoves contribute to poor air quality. Particular matter (PM2.5) released from activities including wood burning, has been found to negatively impact the body, especially the lungs and heart.
If you heat your home with a woodstove, following safe burning practices improves your heating efficiency while reducing air pollution. To help you get the most out of your wood, only use dry wood (wood with less than 20% moisture content). Otherwise your fire won’t burn as hot and you will be creating harmful smoke by drying wood in the woodstove.
After 15 minutes of starting the fire, there should be no visible smoke coming from your chimney. A $20 moisture meter can show you the moisture percentage of a log; insert the probes in the firewood log to obtain a reading. If you don’t have a moisture meter, check the firewood log ends. Dry, seasoned wood should have cracks and split ends. Also, if you knock dry wood together, you should hear a hollow sound, not a wet ‘thud .’
Check out the Provincial Wood Burning Guidelines for more information on how to properly dry, store and build your woodstove fires.