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Burn It Smart, Nanaimo

If there is a lot of wood smoke coming from your chimney, or if you can smell it long after your fire has been burning, the 'Burn It Smart' campaign can help. Both novices and seasoned veterans can learn how to have cleaner, safer, more efficient fires that reduce wood smoke.

When wood is burned at a high temperature, virtually nothing but carbon dioxide and water vapor are produced, but when you allow your fire to smolder then blue/grey smoke is produced, which means creosote is forming at the same time. Creosote is deposited on the inside of your chimney when wood is not burned completely and becomes a highly volatile fuel during a chimney fire!

Safe and healthy wood burning go hand-in hand. When little or no smoke is produced, both the chimney and the air are kept clean. At these workshops, participants learn about good wood-burning practices, WETT certified installations, and the benefits of EPA / CSA -approved appliances so they may achieve a more efficient (less polluting) and cozy wood fire.

Woodstove Changeout Program

Receive a $250 rebate for replacing your old smokey woodstove with an approved unit.  In addition, many manufacturers are offering additional rebates.  The program beings January 5th 2015. Visit Woodstove Changeout Program for more details.

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Installing Your Woodstove Safely

Wood burning stoves must be properly installed to be safe and efficient. Most importantly, ensure your installation contractor is WETT certified. Most property insurance companies require a WETT certified individual to do any repair or inspection work for them. A WETT certified installer will ensure the installation is to specification.

Nanaimo “Burn It Smart” is a partnership of the City of Nanaimo, the BC Ministry of Environment, the Wood Energy Technicians of BC and the BC Lung Association.

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