Wood Stove Change-Out Programs

The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District currently has 2 wood stove change-out programs.  Only the Portola area program is currently accepting applications.

Greater Portola Woodstove Change-Out Program

The Air District is offering a change-out program to qualified homeowners within the Greater Portola PM2.5 Non-attainment Area in Plumas County, California for replacement of non-EPA certified wood stoves with new, efficient, cleaner burning EPA certified devices.

Program is available through SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 (or until funds run out).The Air District is currently accepting applications.

Multi-County Woodsmoke Reduction Program

(Applications no longer being accepted, sorry!)

This Program is designed to help households replace an non-EPA certified wood stove or insert used as a primary source of heat with a cleaner burning and more efficient device.  This program is now closed to new applications, pending further funding in the future.

Greater Portola Woodstove Change-Out Program

 

The Air District is offering a change-out program to qualified homeowners within the Greater Portola PM2.5 Non-attainment Area in Plumas County, California for replacement of non-EPA certified wood stoves with new, efficient, cleaner burning EPA certified devices.  This program is funded by the U.S. EPA’s 2015 Targeted Air Shed Grant Program, the District’s AB2766 program and other agencies.  This 5-year voluntary program is only available to residents within the non-attainment area (see map below).

The Air District is currently accepting applications.

Is your current stove EPA certified??  Click Here to find out!  If your stove is NOT certified, you may be eligible to participate.

Progress Report 2018

Progress Report 2019

Read the full Press Release.

Are you considering replacing your old, smoky wood stove for a cleaner burning appliance that will heat your home more efficiently with less fuel, money and time? If you are interested in the Greater Portola Area Wood Stove Change-out Program, read the following criteria carefully.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must currently have an installed, operating qualified wood burning stove (at least 20 years old) or fireplace.
  • Must submit a completed application to be considered for the program.  Applications will be disqualified:
    • IF the old device is removed from the home prior to application approval.
    • IF the new certified device is purchased before application approval.
    • IF any information on the application is false of incomplete
  • Installation must be completed by a District-approved Retailer.

Eligibility Criteria Overview (including map)

Funding varies based on where the home is located:

To view a map of the Portola Federal PM2.5 Non-Attainment area, click here. If you want to view the non-attainment area using Google Earth, see below.

Multi-County Woodsmoke Reduction Program

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Applications for this program are no longer being accepted.  If you are already on the waiting list, the air district will contact you to make sure you are still interested and eligible.   Due to limited funding and a large waiting list, many applicants will not receive a voucher this year.  Those already on the waiting list who do not receive funding this year will be placed on a long-term waiting list in the hope that the State will continue the program next year or in case any unanticipated funding materializes.

Due to regulatory changes, for this next round of funding only change-outs at PRIMARY RESIDENCES are allowed.  Note that only functioning stoves and fireplaces are eligible for change-out incentives.  Retroactive funding for change-outs that have already occurred is not allowed. 

Check back for further updates.  

The Woodsmoke Reduction Program (Program) is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts Cap-and-Trade dollars to work. The Program is designed to help households replace a non-EPA certified wood stove or insert (installed before July 1, 1988) used as a primary source of heat with a cleaner burning and more efficient device. Open hearth fireplaces may be eligible for the Program if the fireplace is used as a primary source of heat.  This Program offers Vouchers to be used toward the purchase and installation of a new EPA-certified wood stove, wood insert, pellet stove or pellet insert that is certified to emit no more than 2.0 grams/hour of particulate matter, a natural gas stove or insert, a propane stove or insert, an electric stove or insert, or a ductless mini-split heat pump.

If you receive a voucher, you must select a replacement device from a Participating Retailer and use the voucher toward the price (including installation and local permitting fees) within 4 weeks. The new device must be installed with any necessary permits by an appropriately licensed contractor and meet local fire and building codes; do-it-yourself installations are not allowed under this program.

PARTICIPATING RETAILER LIST

(tentative — check again before purchasing a new heating device)

Retailers in Plumas, Sierra and Nevada County (Northern Sierra AQMD):

  • A-1 Stoves and Fireplaces, 819 Whispering Pines Ln., Grass Valley
  • Mountain Home Center, 11403 Brockway Rd., Truckee
  • Quincy Hot Spot, 2019 East Main St., Quincy
  • Sierra Timberline, 324 Idaho-Maryland Rd., Grass Valley
  • Wolf Creek Woodstoves, 55 Delleker Rd., Portola (Delleker)

Participating Retailers in Other Air Districts that Honor Vouchers from Northern Sierra AQMD:

  • A-1 Stoves, Chico
  • Heat Tech Industries (Gridley)
  • Chico Fireplace and Stoves (Chico)
  • Wood, Heat, and Spa (Paradise), Custom Fireside Shops (Elk Grove and Sacramento)

For additional information about the Woodsmoke Reduction Program (outside the Portola area), please contact:

Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District
Attn: Sam Longmire
200 Litton Drive, Suite 320
Grass Valley, CA 95945
saml@myairdistrict.com

If you are visiting this page from another participating air district, please find the corresponding Air District contact information below

Other Participating Air Districts

Butte County AQMD
629 Entler Avenue Suite 15, Chico, CA 95928
Phone: 530-332-9400

Colusa County APCD
100 Sunrise Blvd. #F, Colusa, 95932
Phone: 530-458-0590

Glenn County APCD
720 N Colusa St., Willows, 95988
Phone: 530-934-6500

Feather River AQMD (Yuba, Sutter)
541 Washington Ave., Yuba City, 95991
Phone: 530-634-7659

Shasta County AQMD
1855 Placer Street Ste 101, Redding, 96001
Phone: 530-225-5674

Tehama APCD
1834 Walnut St., Red Bluff, 96080
Phone: 530-527-3717

The Woodsmoke Reduction Program is administered by the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District in coordination with other air districts, the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Please contact Sam Longmire at (530) 274-9360 ext 106 or saml@myairdistrict.com with any questions.

This project was supported by the “California Climate Investments” (CCI) program.