Wood Stoves and Fireplaces
Wood Burning Device Change-Out Program Year 2: The Wood Burning Device Change-Out Program Year 2 has begun. Butte County Air Quality Management District (District), in cooperation with US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide up to $3,000 in instant rebates to Butte County homeowners who change out or retrofit their older, high-emissions wood burning devices with more efficient devices. The District’s Wood Burning Device Change-Out Program was designed to help improve air quality and reduce pollution by encouraging adoption of cleaner-burning devices. More information can be found here.
PG&E Care Program Provides a monthly discount on energy bills for income qualified households and housing facilities.
The Chico Enterprise Record newspaper won national and state journalism awards on series of articles on residential woodburning including the District's proposal to adopt a Mandatory Wood Burning Curtailment Rule for the Chico area. Follow this link to the 21 articles printed during May 2010.
Sample Wood Burning Model Ordinance for local jurisdictions. The Governing Board declined to adopt proposed new Rule 208, Mandatory Wood Burning Curtailment Periods and requested official input from the City of Chico. The City of Chico has since adopted an mandatory ordinance based on District forecasts.
Summary-of-Health-Impacts-from-Wood-Smoke- Numerous scientific studies report potentially serious adverse health effects from breathing smoke emitted by residential wood combustion. A table extracted from the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District provides reference material including Author, Journal and summary of the study.
Air Resources Board News Release - Wood Smoke is a Serious Threat to Public Health.
Air Resources Board Health Update - The Potential Health Impacts of Residentail Wood Burning (power point presentation)
U.S. EPA Wood Stoves and Fireplaces Website:
Burn Wise: Learn Before You Burn - Burn Wise is a partnership program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that emphasizes the importance of burning the right wood, the right way, in the right wood-burning appliance to protect your home, health, and the air we breathe.
- List of EPA Certified Wood Burning Appliances
- Consumers Frequently Asked Questions
Hearth Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) Website - Information on Stoves and Fireplace Inserts, Save Money, Clean the Air
INHALATION TOXICOLOGY International Forum for Respiratory Research Woodsmoke Health Effects: A Review
New England Journal of Medicine, Special Article, 1/22/09: "Fine-Particulate Air Pollution and Life Expectancy in the United States"
Split, Stack, Cover, Store: Provides four easy steps on how to dry wood for proper use in wood stoves or fireplaces.
Wet Wood is a Waste: This short video offers tips on how to use a simple moisture meter to test wood to see if it dry enough to burn. Properly dried wood should have a reading of 20% or less.
Chico Enterprise-Record Video: A Burning Issue: May 2010 series on wood smoke to better understand the medical, environmental, political and economic realities of heating homes with wood.
Libby Montana Video - Clearing the Smoke - The Libby Report
Burn it Smart #1 - DVD on Advanced Woodstove Technology: View it on YouTube
Burn it Smart #2 - DVD on Firewood: From Forest to Woodshed: View it on YouTube
Wood Stove Operation - Informative video from Environment Canada's Clean Air Online Website
How to Start a Proper Fire - View it on YouTube
Wood Burning Device Change Out Program begins soon! Check back frequently for news of Program Year 2, or sign up for future program notifications here.