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Home Heating Buyers Guide
Wood smoke is one of the main sources of air pollution on the Sunshine Coast especially in densely wooded areas with poor ventilation. Wood stoves, fireplaces, and other wood burning devices put out hundreds of times more air pollution than other sources of heat such as propane or electricity.

Before you purchase or install a wood stove consider all other heating choices. Propane, natural gas and electricity are much cleaner ways to heat your home and one of the best ways to reduce your heating costs may just be to improve your insulation and weather stripping.

If you choose to heat with wood, and tend to keep the stove running for long periods use a catalytic wood stove that has an EPA Emission Rating of under 2.5gr/hr. Not only will this significantly reduce air pollution over a traditional wood stove (as much as 8 times cleaner than a traditional EPA wood stove), you will also save money because you will get more heat out of a given volume of wood. Wood will also burn much longer (up to 30 hour burn times). Below, you will find a list of catalytic wood stoves that are now available on the Sunshine Coast.

The Sunshine Coast Clean Air Society offers a $250 WSEP rebate for the trade-in of any inefficient non EPA-approved wood stove towards the purchase of any efficient, low-emission alternative such as electric, propane/natural gas, wood pellet, or wood stove with a particle emission of 2.5gr/hr or less. Below is a buyers guide of heating appliances that the Clean Air Society recommends.

Buyers Guide: Heat Pumps (BEST)

Air Source Heat Pumps are well suited to climates with moderate heating needs, such as the Sunshine Coast and Lower Mainland. Air Source Heat Pumps use a refrigerant to move heat from the outside air into your home. Think of it like a air conditioner in reverse (indeed, many systems can be used both ways). You may not think there is any heat outside, but heat pumps are extremely efficient at moving latent heat even at temperatures of ­-10°C. A $250 WSEP ($500 for District of Sechelt residents) is available whenever a non EPA-approved wood stove is traded in for a heat pump.

At 10°C, the coefficient of performance (COP) of a good Air Source Heat Pumps is 3:1. This means that you generate 3 kWh of heat for every kWh of electricity supplied to the heat pump , and the whole system has an energy efficiency that is 300% (3x more efficient then an electric baseboard heater).

Retailers for heat pumps on the Sunshine Coast:

- K and R Refrigeration­ Heat Pumps
- Sechelt Plumbing ­ (Offers Daikin Air Source Heat Pumps)
- Thomas Heating and Electric (­Offers Lennox, Trane, Carrier, LG, Samsung, Mitsubishi)



Buyers Guide: Electric Stoves (GREAT)

Specific examples coming soon. Although electric stoves have zero emissions, they all use resistive heating so, at best, are 100% efficient (not 300% like a heat pump). A $250 WSEP ($500 for District of Sechelt residents) is available whenever a non EPA-approved wood stove is traded in for an electric stove.

Buyers Guide: Propane Stoves (BETTER)

Specific examples coming soon. As all propane/natural gas stoves have negligible impact on air quality, they are recommended over wood stoves for reducing air pollution. A $250 WSEP ($500 for District of Sechelt residents) rebate will be given towards the trade-in of a non-EPA approved wood stove for a propane or natural gas stove.

Buyers Guide: Low Emission Catalytic Wood & Wood Pellet Stoves (GOOD)

In a catalytic wood-burning stove, smoke from the primary combustion chamber passes to a secondary chamber, where any unburned gasses or particles are burned, in much the same way that the catalytic converter of your car removes unburned gasoline from your exhaust. In both devices, the unburned gasses must pass near a surface covered with platinum or iridium. In a catalytic woodstove, the precious-metal is coated onto the surface of holes in ceramic honeycomb “bricks”. The catalyst allows one to literally “burn the smoke.”

The problem is that when started cold, one needs a good draft up the chimney to get the fire going and having to pass the smoke through the holes in the honeycomb impedes the needed airflow. To make matters worse, the catalyst only works only when heated above about 400°F. For this reason, catalytic wood stoves include a bypass valve that allows most of the smoke to go straight up the chimney until the fire is going well and the catalyst is hot. You only get the full benefit of the catalyst after the bypass is closed and the catalyst begins to treat all the smoke to produce extra heat and remove emissions, even at very slow burn rates.

Because catalytic stoves run in a fairly polluting manner for the first hour, they are best suited to installations in which the stove stays hot for long periods (eg: primary or exclusive source of heating). In addition, it is important to inspect the catalyst from time to time to make sure that it hasn’t become clogged or degraded by use. Catalyst performance degrades over time. Its lifetime depends on heat levels, hours or use and type of fuel but in our area is usually about 4 years, assuming the stove operates about 3,000 hours/year.

The superlative performance of these stoves is available to all who take the time to understand this process, and who teach it to all those who may operate the stove. How to operate a catalytic woodstove (video)

Learn more about wood stoves.


Catalytic Wood Stoves available to buy*


Make: Blaze King
Model: Ashford 30

(Large catalytic wood stove)

Heats 1,100 – 2,400 Square Feet
30 Hour Low Burn Times
Thermostatically Controlled
2.75 Cubic Foot Firebox
Max Heat Input 447,760 BTUs
81% Optimum Efficiency (75% EPA Listed)
36,269 BTU's/h constant for output 10 hours
Up to 18" Log Length
EPA Emissions 0.97 gr/hour

Available at Cozy Homes Fireplaces

Make: Blaze King
Model: Chinook 30

(Large catalytic wood stove)

Heats 1,100 – 2,400 Square Feet
30 Hour Low Burn Times
Thermostatically Controlled
2.75 Cubic Foot Firebox
Max Heat Input 447,760 BTUs
81% Optimum Efficiency (75% EPA Listed)
36,269 BTU's/h constant for output 10 hours
Up to 18" Log Length
EPA Emissions 0.97 gr/hour

Available at Cozy Homes Fireplaces

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Make: Blaze King
Model: Sirocco 30

(Large catalytic wood stove)

Heats 1,100 – 2,400 Square Feet
30 Hour Low Burn Times
Thermostatically Controlled
2.75 Cubic Foot Firebox
Max Heat Input 447,760 BTUs
81% Optimum Efficiency (75% EPA Listed)
36,269 BTU's/h constant for output 10 hours
Up to 18" Log Length
EPA Emissions 0.97 gr/hour

Available at Cozy Homes Fireplaces

Make: Blaze King
Model: Ashford 20.1

(Medium catalytic wood stove)

Heats 900 – 1,500 Square Feet
20 Hour Low Burn Times
Thermostatically Controlled
1.8 Cubic Foot Firebox
Max Heat Input 293,079 BTUs
83% LHV Efficiency (77% HHV)
30,407 BTU's/h constant output for 8 hours
Up to 16" Log Length
EPA Emissions 1.3 gr/hour



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Make: Blaze King
Model: Chinook 20

(Medium catalytic wood stove)

Heats 900 – 1,500 Square Feet
20 Hour Low Burn Times
Thermostatically Controlled
1.8 Cubic Foot Firebox
Max Heat Input 293,079 BTUs
83% LHV Efficiency (77% HHV)
30,407 BTU's/h constant output for 8 hours
Up to 16" Log Length
EPA Emissions 1.3 gr/hour

Available at Cozy Homes Fireplaces

Make: Blaze King
Model: Sirocco 20

(Medium catalytic wood stove)

Heats 900 – 1,500 Square Feet
20 Hour Low Burn Times
Thermostatically Controlled
1.8 Cubic Foot Firebox
Max Heat Input 293,079 BTUs
83% LHV Efficiency (77% HHV)
30,407 BTU's/h constant output for 8 hours
Up to 16" Log Length
EPA Emissions 1.3 gr/hour

Available at Cozy Homes Fireplaces

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Make: Blaze King
Model: King

(Extra large catalytic wood stove)

Heats 1,500 – 3,000 Square Feet
40 Hour Low Burn Times
Thermostatically Controlled
4.32 Cubic Foot Firebox
Max Heat Input 703,390 BTUs
88% LHV Efficiency (82% HHV)
51,582 BTU's/h constant output for 12 hours
Up to 23" Log Length
EPA Emissions 1.76 gr/hour

Available at Cozy Homes Fireplaces

Make: Blaze King
Model: Princess

(Large catalytic wood stove)

Heats 1,200 – 2,500 Square Feet
30 Hour Low Burn Times
Thermostatically Controlled
2.85 Cubic Foot Firebox
Max Heat Input 464,012 BTUs
88% LHV Efficiency (81% HHV)
40,863 BTU's/h constant output for 10 hours
Up to 20" Log Length
EPA Emissions 2.42 gr/hour

Available at Cozy Homes Fireplaces

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Make: Regency
Model: Pro-Series F3500

(Large catalytic wood stove)

Heats 2,250 Square Feet
24 Hour Low Burn Times
Thermostatically Controlled
4.32 Cubic Foot Firebox
Max Heat Input 75,000 BTUs/hr
87.1% Efficiency
Up to 20" Log Length
EPA Emissions 1.1 gr/hour

Available at Sechelt Fireplace

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* prices may change without notice.