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There’s nothing like a home that’s toasty and warm when the temperature starts to drop. But there are precautions to take in order to heat with wood safely. Here are some handy tips to avoid ending up… in hot water.
Before getting a new wood-burning heating unit, check that it bears the seal of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Units certified by these organizations emit fewer toxic particles and consume up to 20% less fuel than conventional models. Check regulations in your town or province. For example, the dirtier wood-burning stoves have been banned in the city of Montreal since October 1, 2018.
Sécurité publique Québec – Les appareils de chauffage électrique (in French only)
Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal – Heating
Ville de Montréal – By-law concerning the use of wood-burning stoves and fireplaces
HPBAC – Wood burning in Canada