Burn It Smart Campaign Begins!

Burn It Smart Campaign Begins!

Burn It Smart Workshops are back! 

Join us at one of two FREE Burn It Smart events to learn how to reduce smoke and emissions, increase safety and use less wood. There will be two woodstoves on display to show the difference between the operation and emissions of an EPA-certified woodstove vs. an older non-EPA-certified model. A Wood Energy Technicians of BC (WETBC) staffer will be on-site to answer all your burning questions. Complementary wood moisture meters will be available while supplies last. 

Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Nanoose Volunteer Fire Department (2471 Nanoose Rd, Nanoose Bay) 
*RSVP to sustainability [at] rdn.bc.ca*

Sunday, September 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Cedar Farmers Market (1984 Woobank Rd, Nanaimo)

For information regarding the Burn It Smart workshops and rebates for the Woodstove Exchange Program, contact the woodstove exchange program coordinator at 250-390-2522 or by email at sustainability [at] rdn.bc.ca

Burn It Smart Workshop trailer with 2 wood burning appliances


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Burn it Smart... in the RDN 

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With the cooler weather approaching, nothing is cozier than warming the toes in front of a friendly wood fire. But are you doing it right?

If there is a lot of wood smoke coming from your chimney, or if you can smell it long after your fire has been burning, the "Burn It Smart" campaign can help. There are tips for all on how to have cleaner, safer and more efficient fires that reduce wood smoke.

When wood is burned at a high temperature, virtually nothing but carbon dioxide and water vapor are produced. When you allow your fire to smolder, blue/grey smoke is produced, which means creosote is forming at the same time. Creosote is deposited on the inside of your chimney when the wood is not burned completely and becomes a highly volatile fuel during a chimney fire. Next

Burn it Smart

     Burn it Smart! Principles

These simple steps can reduce your firewood needs and reduce smoke pollution by 70 per cent.

  • Have your system cleaned and inspected by professionals
  • Use properly seasoned and stored wood
  • Never let your fire smolder
  • Never burn anything other than firewood and a small amount of newspaper