Wood Stoves and Wood Burning
Residential wood burning is believed to be a significant cumulative source of fine particulate matter (PM) in BC, including Prince George. Exposure to fine PM is linked to adverse human health impacts, such as asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases, cardiovascular problems and premature death. FBC supports the Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable on initiatives to help residents save fuel and reduce emissions when burning at home.
The BC Wood Stove Exchange
The Wood Stove Exchange program offers incentives to encourage British Columbians to exchange older, smoky wood-burning appliances for low-emission appliances, including gas, pellet and EPA-certified clean burning wood stoves or inserts. This program is jointly sponsored by the Province of BC and industry.
Prince George is a participating community. The Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable has administered the program for several years, with support from FBC's Upper Fraser office. The 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 provincial woodstove exchange program in Prince George were very popular.
Watch for details of the 2014-2015 Wood Stove Exchange program on the PGAIR website.
Firewood Storage and Cleaner Burning
PGAIR, through FBC’s Upper Fraser office, has tips to help homeowners achieve greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions: