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Woodstove Exchange

Wood Stove Exchange Rebate Program for Golden Extended for 2018

  The Golden and District Air Quality Committee is offering air quality rebates to residents of the Town of Golden and CSRD Area A to off-set the purchase of an EPA/CSA approved wood stove, or another less polluting heating appliance, to replace an old, inefficient wood stove.  Funding is provided by the Provincial Wood Stove Exchange Program through the Ministry of Environment ($250 per resident). Additional funding is provided by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area A ($500 for residents of CSRD Area A only). The objective of the program is to remove smoky old wood stoves in Golden and area, and replace them with cleaner appliances to […]

Recent Air Quality Data in Golden February 3 to 9, 2017

Last week the cold weather continued and many of us in Golden were keeping our wood stoves stoked up to keep warm. Unfortunately, excessive smoke affected air quality. The monitoring station at the hospital registered levels of fine particulates that were well above provincial objectives on four days last week. This presents a hazard to the health of residents, especially those who are more vulnerable. We can avoid this if everyone made sure to use only very dry wood, and give the fire lots of air at all times. Please do not try to hold fires overnight by smouldering your wood. If your wood stove is an older […]

Are you burning your wood stove efficiently?

If you have a smokey chimney, read this document for some useful tips! Are you burning your wood stove efficiently

3 Simple Tips to Reduce Wood Smoke

Newer and more efficient wood burning appliances can burn much more cleanly with virtually no visible smoke.   However if your new stove still smokes, something can be done.       To limit air pollution:   1.   Only dry firewood must be burned in a wood stove. Firewood should contain less than 20% moisture. No garbage should ever be burned in a wood stove or any open fire. 2.   Start with small pieces of dry kindling to build a hot bed of coals. 3.   Continue to give the fire lots of air to keep it hot and prevent smoldering. Monitor the fire to keep […]

Firewood Tips for Cleaner Air

Make sure your firewood is dry this season! The sooner you get your wood in, the better chance you have of making sure it is adequately dry before you burn it this winter. Firewood requires at least 6 months of curing under dry conditions to be ready to burn. Wood should have less than 20% moisture content when it is burned. If the moisture content is higher, the heat output will be less, you will waste money and time, and you will produce excessive smoke when heating your home. If you have your wood delivered, make sure you buy wood that will be dry enough to burn this season. Ask your supplier for tips on how to […]

Wood Stoves Must be Burned as Cleanly as Possible

Smoke from wood stoves is air pollution that can lead to serious health effects for many Golden residents. Remember that if you are operating an older, inefficient wood stove that emits visible smoke, you are likely burning much more wood than necessary to heat your home. Smoke is essentially unburned and wasted fuel. Smoke represents an unnecessary loss of money and time for the homeowner.   You will save money in the long run, and produce less air pollution if you replace that older stove and burn it right by using the following practices:   1.     Observe your chimney regularly to see whether it is emitting excessive smoke.  You should […]

Emissions Reductions at the Louisiana Pacific Mill in Golden

The Louisiana Pacific (LP) mill in Golden has significantly reduced its contribution to air pollution over the past several years. LP now employs state of the art “Best Available Control Technology”. Many people think that the “cloud” coming from LP is wood smoke. The cloud in fact is mainly steam from three sources. The first source of steam comes from the Wet Electrostatic Precipitator (WESP) stack which is the saturated air stream from the dryers after the volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) have been removed by the WESP. LP utilizes log vats to condition their logs and some steam escapes from them.  Finally, the biggest producer of steam is […]

My Wood Stove Exchange Program Experience

“It pays to exchange your old stove for an efficient new model” A beautiful new stove that burns very efficiently and cleanly Annette Luttermann – Wood stove exchange program participant and Golden Resident “We purchased a home in Golden that had a big old wood burning stove/furnace in the basement. A local fire wood supplier told us that he had delivered 8 cords of wood to this house each year.   It was impossible to burn that old stove without constant smoke coming from the chimney. Playing with the kids in the snow outside in the yard, we noticed how smoky the air was. When we had the chimney cleaned […]

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