Woodstove Replacement Program

Rebate Program Start: January, 15, 2020

Replace your smoky, old wood burning appliance with a cleaner heating appliance and receive up to $2,000 in rebates. Heat pumps not only save time hauling and chopping wood, but also reduce health and safety risks associated with burning wood. 

  • A $1,850 rebate, plus $150 retailer discount is available to replace a wood burning appliance with a heat pump. 
  • A $300 rebate, plus $50 retailer discount is available to replace an old woodstove with a new, EPA-certified wood or pellet stove.

EPA- or CSA-certified woodstoves over five years old and wood burning inserts installed in open hearths may be eligible for replacement. Please read the Program Guidelines to find out more about requirements before applying for a rebate

Cowichan Air Quality and Healthier Home Heating 

Reduce Woodsmoke - Tips for Burning Cleaner 

Woodstove and Air Quality

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.

Check out real-time air pollution levels in the Cowichan region

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 or the Guide for Residential Wood Heating for more information on how to properly dry, store and build your woodstove fires.