Wood Stove Exchange Program

FVRD residents are eligible to receive a $300 rebate for trading in their old uncertified wood-burning appliance for a new low emission appliance, a $500 rebate for a gas appliance, or a $750 rebate for switching to an electric heat pump. 

New wood-burning appliances are proven to burn 1/3 less wood, reduce emissions by up to 70%, and significantly reduce the risk of chimney fires.

What Can You Exchange?

  • 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 faceplate 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 cookstove
  • An open-hearth fireplace (must be upgraded with a gas, propane, or electric insert)

What Qualifies as a Certified Replacement?

  • An EPA certified wood, pellet, or high-efficiency gas stove or insert.
  • An EPA certified factory-built fireplace – may only be accepted if it is replacing a non-EPA certified wood stove or non-EPA certified wood insert (not an existing factory-built fireplace).
  • A heat pump system as approved by BC Hydro's Heat Pump Rebate.

Where Can You Find a Participating Retailer?

We have a list of retailers participating in the FVRD's Wood Stove Exchange Program. However, if you find a suitable appliance from a retailer who is not on this list, please contact the Program Coordinator to find out how to proceed. If you would like to become a participating retailer, please contact the Program Coordinator.

How Does the Program Work?

The Do-It-Yourself Kit explains how the program works and what paperwork needs to be submitted to the Program Coordinator in order to be eligible for the rebate.


Hurry and get your $300- $750 rebate now! First come, first served.