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UPDATE: As of 9/27/11 The Wood Stove Changeout Rebate Program is No Longer Accepting New Rebate Applications -- All Available Rebate Funds Have Been Committed.

Dane County Clean Air Coalition Launches a Burn Wise Education and Woodstove Changeout Program with the Assistance of a U.S. EPA Grant
Dane County recently received a $50,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to provide wood burning education and outreach for Dane County residents and to conduct a Wood Stove Changeout program in 2011. The Clean Air Coalition is coordinating this effort for Dane County in order to reduce a significant source of winter-time fine particles and other emissions that pollute the air.

What is the Changeout?
If you heat your home with an old wood-burning stove or fireplace insert that was manufactured or purchased before July 1992, then this program is for you! The 2011 Dane County Wood Stove Changeout Program provides an opportunity and a great financial incentive for Dane County residents to do their share for healthier air. Read more...

If you are interested in taking advantage of the $750.00 rebate during the 2011 Dane County Wood Stove Changeout month, please read this document for program terms and conditions.

Benefits of the Changeout:
There are many health, environmental and economic benefits of replacing inefficient wood stoves and inserts with cleaner burning technologies like gas, wood pellet, and EPA-certified wood stoves and inserts. Read more...

Rebate Application:
If you would like to apply for a rebate voucher, please download this application, fill it out completely and then email it to the Dane County Clean Air Coalition Coordinator, Lisa MacKinnon, at: MacKinnon@countyofdane.com or fax: it to 608-266-2643.

Email or fax is preferred, but if you do not have access to email or fax, you may send the application through the mail to:
Lisa MacKinnon
Dane County Clean Air Coalition
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Room 421
Madison, WI 53703-3345

Applications will be accepted starting on August 1, 2011 and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis while rebate funds last.

W-9 Form
Rebate voucher recipients must complete and submit a W-9 form along with their other required documentation to the Program Coordinator when they request their rebate (after their new stove has been purchased and installed). Download a blank W-9 form.

The Love Affair With the Fireplace Cools
The fireplace, once a point of pride, is now seen as an environmental hazard.
New York Times
Home & Garden
By CHRISTINA S. N. LEWIS
Published: January 19, 2011
Read the article

Be Burn Wise! Why Smart Wood Burning is Important for Clean Air in Dane County
Soon, autumn’s cooler temperatures will arrive and many Dane County residents will be preparing to keep the home fires burning in a wood stove during the heating season. The Dane County Clean Air Coalition wants to remind residents of steps they can take to reduce fine particles and other emissions that pollute the air. By learning how to burn wisely, residents who use wood stoves or fireplaces for heat can reduce their emissions from wood burning to protect their homes, their health and the air we all breathe, while reducing heating costs and staying comfortable this winter. . Read more...

Fine Particle Pollution Emissions from Wood Burning in Dane County
Recent EPA Region V data (up to 2008) indicate that the County contributes more than 500 tons-per-year of PM2.5 emissions through the use of non EPA-certified wood stoves and fireplace inserts. Dane County is one of only 8 counties across 6 states in EPA’s region 5 (MN, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH) that reached this level of PM2.5 emissions from non-EPA certified wood stoves and fireplace inserts.

2008 PM2.5 Emissions fronm Non-EPA Certified Wood Stoves and FirePlace Inserts

Our Burn Wise and Wood Stove Changeout Program Partners:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Burn Wise Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Burn Wise Program 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. Within this site you will find information for consumers to make informed decisions about what it means to burn wise: www.epa.gov/burnwise

North Central Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association: www.nchpba.org
North Central Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (NCHPBA) is a regional affiliate of the international trade association, Hearth Patio and Barbecue Association. NCHPBA is comprised of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, service companies and others directly or indirectly related to the hearth, patio and barbecue industries whose business is in Wisconsin, UP of Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, North & South Dakota and Nebraska. Members strive to produce, sell and service cleaner burning and more efficient appliances. A mission of NCHPBA includes support of education programs that address technology, administration, sales, health and safety. Consumer education programs are critical to ensure that all hearth products are used properly and safely.

Other Resources Related to Wood Burning

Wood as a Heating Fuel: Air Quality Issues and Options

Laugh and Learn: Watch U.S. EPA's first prize Burn Wise video - "The Pledge" - by Francis Sullivan