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efficient wood stoves
Better for the Environment

Emissions from wood smoke can be reduced - indoors and out - by learning to burn more efficiently and by improving your wood-burning practices. Replacing your existing wood burner with a new-technology appliance that meets EPA and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) emissions standards can help to further reduce the emissions of pollutants by up to 90 percent.

The SCCAS is working to educate people about the serious health hazards of operating old wood stoves and fireplaces that do not meet EPA and CSA standards.

More Convenient to Use

Advanced-combustion wood-burning units produce a more stable fire, so you spend less time fiddling with the controls. Remember the most important rule: Never let the fire smoulder. As long as there is solid wood in the firebox, there should be active flames. Without flames, smoke will escape unburned, reducing efficiency and increasing pollution. With advanced systems, you can achieve a reliable overnight burn while maintaining flaming combustion and still have enough charcoal in the morning to kindle a new fire.

Wood Stove Exchange Program

The Sunshine Coast Clean Air Society in partnership with the BC Lung Association and the Ministry of Health will be offering a wood stove exchange program. This program provides a financial incentive for owners of inefficient, older wood stoves to trade them in for a modern, efficient and clean burning new one. An educational workshop will be offered that will teach participants how to get the most btu's out of their wood, through proper wood drying techniques and wood stove use. This workshop will be free for all participants.

For more information, contact:
Jools Andres
Wood Stove Exchange Director

Participating Woodstove Exchange Program Vendors

  • Cozy Homes - Colleen 4349 Sunshine Coast Hwy Wilson Ck, BC V0N 3A1 604-885-4884
  • Thomas Heating - Dana 1081 Seamount Way 604-886-7111
  • Home Hardward - Gibsons & Sechelt 921 Gibsons Way, P.O. Box 1039. Gibsons, BC V0N 1V0 - 5484 Trail Avenue Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0 (Dan) 604-886-2442 604-885-9828
  • Sechelt Fireplace - Tiffany 5654 Wharf Street Sechelt 604-885-7171
  • Home Hardware Lumber Yard 5630 Wharf Road, Box 1700. Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0 604 885-5818
  • Steve Christian Contracting 604-885-7167
  • Clean Sweep 10116 Sunshine Coast Hwy Halfmoon Bay, BC V0N 1Y2 604-885-1938

From our blog

  • Air pollution ‘still harming Europeans’ health’

  • Clean Air Society August 2013 Newsletter

  • 10 Easy Steps for Clean Air Day

  • April Newsletter and update

  • Clean Air - Smells Good to Me

  • A proper burning wood stove will have little to no smoke coming out the chimney

  • Burn It Smart workshop is sure to bring a breath of fresh air

  • The 2011 Wood Stove Exchange program promoted with a Billboard!

  • ‘Black carbon’ key to tackling climate threat: UN report

  • FREE Burn It Smart Workshop

  • The Great Sunshine Coast Wood Stove Exchange Program is back!

  • The Wood Stove Exchange Program Update:

  • Guidelines for Efficient use of Wood-Burning Appliances

  • Removing one ton of black carbon will have the same effect as removing 2,000 to 3,000 tons of CO2

  • Clean Air Day Success!

  • Montreal moves to snuff out wood stoves

  • Drop in U.S. air pollution linked to longer lifespans

  • Black Carbon Pollution Emerges As Major Player In Global Warming

News on this topic from around North America

  • How Green is Humboldt?

    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:14:06 -0700 Humboldt has a decidedly eco-groovy reputation, but is it deserved? Photo by Drew Hyland. Excavators at Humboldt Waste Management Authority's transfer station tops off a trailer with about 16 tons of recyclables. It will travel 142 miles south to be processed at Solid Waste of Willits.
  • Introducing Stove Lite: A Lantern Powered by the Heat of a Wood Burning Stove

    Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:44:47 -0700 Tegpro, a division of LEDdynamics, Inc., announced today the launch of their Stove Lite Wood Stove Powered LED Lantern Kickstarter campaign. (PRWeb April 16, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/stove_lite/wood_stove_powers_lantern/prweb11761897.htm
  • New EPA wood stove standards? Sure, but get them right

    Sat, 12 Apr 2014 01:30:29 -0700 Smoke from forest fires in northwest Quebec in July created hazy conditions in northern Maine, obscuring hills looking westward over the St. John Valley.
  • Biomass battle: EPA in crossfire between 'green' industry and environmental concerns

    Sun, 06 Apr 2014 18:15:43 -0700 HARLEYVILLE - Wood stoves smoke. Anyone who's fired one up knows that. So the question isn't whether the wood-burning power plants pollute. They do. The question is whether they are the lesser of two evils:
  • EPA takes heat over wood-stove proposal

    Sat, 05 Apr 2014 01:20:53 -0700 GOP lawmakers push EPA to ax proposed water rule amid outcry from farmers EPA accused of stonewalling records requests from conservative groups
  • Lawmakers Push EPA To Ax Stove Rules

    Fri, 04 Apr 2014 05:22:17 -0700 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wood-burning stoves have ignited a debate between the Obama administration and South Dakota lawmakers who oppose new regulations that would require more efficiency from an iconic feature of many rural homes.
  • Fire fight: Lawmakers push EPA to ax stove rules

    Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:10:55 -0700 Wood-burning stoves have ignited a debate between the Obama administration and South Dakota lawmakers who oppose new regulations that would require more efficiency from an iconic feature of many rural ...
  • Clean-energy views add heat to Maine governor’s race

    Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:38:47 -0700 In a day of staking out positions, Gov. LePage says pro-renewables policies cost money and jobs, clashing with his two rivals’ support for solar and wind.
  • Pollution Spikes Send Europe Scrambling for Emission Controls

    Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:59:02 -0700 Paris instituted a temporary ban on half the city's cars in a bid to curb smog -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com