Woodstove Changeout Program
The Woodstove Exchange Program is designed to encourage residents of Nanaimo to change out their older, smoky wood stoves for low-emission appliances including new CSA-/EPA-certified clean-burning wood stoves.
The key goals of this program are:
- Improve air quality by providing incentives to change out old smoky wood stoves with cleaner burning options.
- Provide education on clean burning techniques through the Burn it Smart website, brochures and social media posts.
How to Qualify
Step 1 - Check your existing stove
You must have an existing wood burning appliance (or a non-EPA insert installed in an open hearth fireplace) that does not conform to CSA B415.1 standards (typically an appliance built and installed before 1994).
Appliances eligible for the rebate:
- A free-standing, non-EPA certified "stove", a homemade or barrel stove.
- A so-called "airtight" non-EPA certified fireplace insert or tube-type heat exchanger with a face plate and door (like the Free Heat Machine or Welenco) that is currently installed in an open hearth fireplace.
- A non-EPA certified "wood furnace" (ducted, forced air, home heating appliance) - may only be replaced by an EPA certified wood furnace or pellet furnace.
- A wood burning cook stove.
Appliances NOT eligible for the rebate:
- Electric stoves or fireplaces (replacement electric inserts are allowed).
- Factory built (“zero clearance”) fireplaces.
- Wood cook stoves - Cook stoves are EPA exempt therefore are not covered by this program.
- Outdoor appliances (replacement unit must be installed in an area with 4 walls, ceiling and a door).
- Tin heaters/tent stoves - something NOT used in a residential application.
Step 2 - Shop
Contact any of the participating retailers to seek advice on a low-emission heating appliance to purchase. Many of the retailers are offering additional discounts and rebates at the same time. Upon purchase of your new appliance, you will be given a rebate voucher from the retailer. This form will need to be signed by the retailer at the time of sale and installation, and by the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange staff or RDN landfill or transfer station staff when the old unit is sent in for recycling. Most insurance companies require notification if you are installing a new heating appliance. The value of the rebates cannot exceed the value of the appliance.
Are you a resident of the RDN? Visit the Regional District of Nanaimo for information on a program in your area.
Step 3 - Disposal
Your old stove must be taken to one of the authorized disposal locations to be recycled (whether by you or the installer). Upon disposal, your voucher will be signed OR you will be given a receipt, which will provide proof of destruction. This receipt should be attached to your signed rebate voucher.
- Nanaimo Recycling Exchange, 2477 Kenworth Road, Nanaimo (250-758-7777)
- RDN Landfill, 1105 Cedar Road, Nanaimo (250-722-2044)
- RDN Church Road Transfer Station, 860 Church Road, Parksville (250-248-5254)
Step 4 - Form Drop Off
Drop off your completed rebate form and the before and after images of the woodstove to the front counter at 411 Dunsmuir Street (Service and Resource Centre).
Download a PDF version of these Woodstove Changeout Program instructions (PDF)