Wood Heating


  • If you choose to burn, choose to minimize neighborhood pollution by becoming a skilled and efficient burner
  • Only burn clean, dry wood with a moisture content of 20% or less
  • NEVER BURN wood with glue, painted or treated wood, plastics or any garbage or recyclable items
  • For more information on efficient wood stove operation see the Resources and Videos listed below
  • Upgrade your old wood stove or wood insert for a low emission certified CSA-/EPA wood heating appliance


List of EPA Certified Wood Stoves

Q & A - Replacing or Buying a Wood Stove or Wood Insert

Guide to Residential Wood Heating

Wood Burning Handbook

Wood Stove Troubleshooting

Chimney Facts

Woodshed Plans (Courtesy of USA EPA)

Wood Heat and Health

Enjoy the Fire Not the Smoke Brochure

About Fireplaces

Best Practices for Fireplace Installation

About Firewood

Don't Burn Household Garbage

Web Links:

BC Lung Association:

Wood Heating and all about Chimneys:

Health Canada Information on Wood Smoke:


BC Wood Stove Exchange Program:


BC Air Quality:

Wood Burning Tips:  



Call Toll Free And Request A Free Copy:

Publications are also available at the RDOS office, 101 Martin St. Penticton

1-800-665-5864 (BC LUNG)

  • Open Burning & Your Health
  • Wood Stoves & Your Health
  • 8 Tips to Burn Clean (fact sheet)
  • We All Share The Air (bookmarks from

1-800-668-2642 (CMHC)

  • (63730) About Your House, Efficient, Convenient Wood Heating

The RDOS has been offering the Wood Stove Exchange Program for over 10 years in partnership with the Ministry of Environment in an effort to encourage citizens to exchange their old wood stove or wood insert (to an EPA certified woodstove/insert, approved pellet, electric or gas hearth product), to prevent and reduce air pollution in the region. “This effort has enabled 1, 837 residents within the RDOS, RDCO and RDNO to exchange their old, non-EPA certified wood heating units for a new technology products, resulting in particulate matter (an air pollutant) reduction of up to 113 tonnes per year (based on BC Ministry of Environment reduction estimates.”