Choosing fuelwood burners

Buy locally, burn locally, burn safely

Certification of wood burning appliances

Wood-burning stoves must be certified before they can be offered for sale in Canada. Because many wood-burning appliances on the Canadian market have been designed and built according to US specifications, Canadian jurisdictions recognize the US EPA standard and Canadian CSA B415.10 standard as being equivalent, even though there are several differences between them.

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US sets mandatory standards for thermal efficiencies, particulate emissions and flue-gas flow rates, Canada’s CSA B415.10 is a consensus-based standard intended to provide guidelines for manufacturers, and a standard that can become enforceable through provincial/territorial regulations and municipal by-laws. The details are covered in the Code of Practice for Residential Wood Burning Appliances, issued in 2012 by the Canadian Council for Ministers of the Environment.

In Manitoba, The Environment Act is the principal piece of provincial legislation governing the discharge of pollutants. There are currently no provincial regulations specific to wood-stove operation in Manitoba.

Reminder: Always check with your local building inspector for specific installation requirements.

Choosing a fuelwood appliance

Installing your appliance and chimney