Woodstove Replacement Program

2021 Woodstove Replacement Program Commencement Date: January 15, 2021

Replace your old, smoky, inefficient wood-burning appliance with a new, healthier, more efficient heating appliance and receive up to $2,000 in rebates.  

  • An $1,850 rebate plus $150 retailer discount is available to replace a wood-burning appliance with a heat pump
  • A $750 rebate plus $50 retailer discount is available to replace an outdoor wood boiler with a 2020 EPA-certified pellet boiler
  • A $300 rebate plus $50 retailer discount is available to replace an old woodstove with a new, 2020 EPA-certified woodstove or pellet appliance

Heat pumps do not only heat your home - they keep you and your loved ones cool during summer heat waves and filter indoor air that may be impacted by wildfire smoke. Heat pumps can also reduce home insurance costs and save you time hauling and chopping wood. 

Read the Program Guidelines to find out more about the rebate requirements before applying for a rebate. Don’t forget to also check out other available rebate programs offered though BetterHomesBC, you may qualify for more than one rebate! 

 Residents who heat their homes with woodstoves are encouraged to take the wood smoke education course to learn how to minimize negative health impacts from wood smoke: https://www.fraserbasin.bc.ca/WoodSmokeCourse/story_html5.html

Cowichan Air Quality and Healthier Home Heating 

Reduce Woodsmoke - Tips for Burning Cleaner 

Woodstoves and Air Quality

Did you know that smoke pollution from woodstove burning can impact your health, as well as the health and well-being of your family and neighbours? While woodstoves may provide a warm, cozy livingroom atmosphere, old, inefficient, uncertified woodstoves contribute greatly to poor air quality. Particulate matter (PM2.5) released from activities such as wood burning has been proven 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 producing harmful smoke by drying wood in your woodstove.

15 minutes after starting a fire in your woodstove, there should be no visible smoke emitted from your chimney. Use of a $20 moisture meter will verify the moisture content of a log; simply insert the probes into 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.