Why the ban on wood stoves should be overturned.

Comox Valley communities have limited or banned wood burning appliances. Is this what’s truly best for our households, the environment and the economy?

Local governments have passed by-laws that prohibit the upgrading or installation of new wood burning stoves. These regulations vary by municipality - learn more here. However, advances in newer EPA certified wood stoves vastly lower particulate emissions and mitigate air quality issues. Today, your voice is needed to overturn these restrictions.

Why the ban doesn't make sense

People will continue to use old wood stoves and air quality issues cannot be addressed

An affordable and responsible option for home heating will disappear

Local businesses that manufacture, sell and service clean burning EPA certified wood stoves and employ local residents will suffer unnecessarily

Newer wood stoves meet stringent EPA emission standards.

New, high-efficiency wood stoves are Clean Burning and EPA-certified, producing up to 90% fewer emissions. They fall well within or below acceptable particulate emissions standards per hour. These stoves use advanced technology and offer added benefits in terms of heating efficiency and reduced wood product consumption. In fact, thanks to investments in research and innovation, some of the most efficient wood stoves on the market today are made right here in British Columbia.

Old, uncertified
stoves can emit over

EPA 2020 certified
stoves emit less than

25.0 g/hr

2.5 g/hr

Responsible wood burning is easy with the right wood stove.

Just like old cars – older models of wood stoves, inappropriate burning and poor manitenence impact air quality in regions of dense use, with risks to human health. It's incumbent upon those of us who burn wood, to upgrade our stoves, maintain them properly and use smart burning practices

Upgrade to an EPA-certified wood stove

Always burn dry wood

Perform regular wood stove maintenance

Voice your support
to overturn the ban.

Contact the following people and ask them to overturn the ban.

Courtenay Mayor
Bob Wells

Comox Mayor
Russ Arnott

mayor@courtenay.cararnott@comox.ca

Cumberland Mayor
Leslie Baird

info@cumberland.ca

Jesse Ketler
CVRD Board Chair

Phone: 250-334-4441Phone: 250-890-1224Phone: 250-338-8522Phone: 250-336-2291

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Local suppliers who manufacture, sell and service clean burning EPA certified woodstoves will suffer economically as will our forest products industry

People will continue to use old woodstoves and air quality issues cannot be addressed

An affordable and responsible option for home heating will disappear

Old, uncertified
stoves can emit over

25.0 g/hr

EPA 2020 certifed
stoves emit less than

2.5 g/hr

This message has been brought to you by the Hearth. Patio & Barbeque Association of Canada

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Burning wood is a way of life.

In the Comox Valley, burning wood to heat our homes is a way of life and an economical choice. Moreover, wood stoves are a reliable source of home heating that can be counted on for supplemental heat and/or in the event of emergencies that cause power outages. The right to choose a clean burning, EPA certified wood stove should be restored.