Wood is an important source of fuel in the Williams Lake area. Proper wood burning practices ensure safe, clean, efficient and economical use of your wood stove.
- Ensure your wood is split and well-seasoned.
- Avoid slow smoldering fires. Burning small, hot fires is more efficient and in the long-term reduces the risk of chimney fires.
- A fire of crisscross wood allows maximum contact with combustion air.
- Consider replacing your stove if it is more than 10 years old – look out for the local stove change-out program.
- When buying a new stove look for EPA and CSA certified products.
- Keep your home well insulated to prevent heat loss.
Did you know?
- Certified wood stoves are more efficient and use up to a third less wood.
- Wood smoke contains over 100 pollutants that effect your health and your environment.
- In Canada, residential wood burning is responsible for 29% of the fine particle emissions associated with human activities.
- Investing in home insulation rather than fuel is better for the environment and your health.
October 17, 2016 On September 19th, 2016 the BC Government approved a new Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation that will replace the existing regulation of the same name on November 1st, 2016. The purpose of the changes is to reduce wood smoke from home heating. A factsheet (PDF) and question and answers sheet (PDF) explain the regulatory changes.
Source: Environment Canada