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Great Wood Stove And Fireplace Change Out

Project Information

Award Amount:$60,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$71,000.00
Start-End Dates:10/1/00-9/30/01
Description:Summary: The Hearth Products Association conducted a wood stove and fireplace change-out program in the Great Lakes and surrounding region, in February, March and April 2001. Participating retail stores offered consumers a discount on newer, clean, EPA-certified wood stoves and appliances when exchanging an old stove or appliance.

Consumers in certain counties in Wisconsin were also eligible for a rebate, provided they met certain criteria. This program was designed to address emissions of benzo(a)pyrene and other polyaromatic hydrocarbons in the Great Lakes region, from the operation of old, non-EPA-certified wood stoves and fireplace inserts. Each change out earned the consumer $200 credit toward the purchase of a new stove. The Hearth industry had over 10 years of experience conducting similar stove change out programs in parts of the western United States prior to this effort in the Great Lakes region.

Environmental Results/Products: The change-out program involved the exchanging of an old wood stove for a new, EPA-certified stove, or the converting of wood inserts in open hearths to cleaner inserts or gas logs. This incentive-based program was specifically designed to encourage consumers to trade in their old polluters for a discount on new EPA-certified appliances.

As of January 24, 2001, 33 manufacturers officially pledged participation in the change-out program. HPA solicited the participation of retail stores in the change-out program with targeted mailings, postcards and newsletters about the program and its benefits. More than 150 retail stores signed up to participate in the change-out program in 2001. Of these, 79 retailers were from Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Each participating retailer received program materials such as Retailer Kits. Retailer Kits included advertising slicks, masters for handouts at home shows, hang tags, lists of participants, and banners. A website ( and a toll-free information telephone number was established for consumers to contact for more information.

The program began on February 1, 2001 in St. Paul Minnesota and ended April 30, 2001. A total of 1,221 change outs occurred. Overall 846 old wood stoves were exchanged. Of those 846, 646 (76%) changed to an EPA-certified wood stove, 164 changed to a gas appliance and 36 changed to a pellet stove.

• Wisconsin 611 change-outs
• Minnesota 384 change-outs
• Ohio 44 change-outs
• Illinois and Indiana together 28 change outs.

At the conclusion of the program the 1,200 conventional wood stoves exchanged for cleaner appliances, could realize a 95% emission reduction per unit and a fuel wage reduction of 48% in the Great Lakes Region.


Funding Organizations

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.

U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office - Primary Contact

77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60604
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

Organizations Receiving Funding

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are receiving funding for this project.

Hearth Products Association - Primary Contact

7840 Madison Avenue, Ste. 185
Fair Oaks, California 95628
p: (916) 536-2390
f: (916) 536-2392
Individual Contacts

Associated Organizations

Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality - Partner

Environmental Science & Services Division
PO Box 30457
Lansing, Michigan 30457
p: 800-662-9278

Michigan State University - Partner

East Lansing, Michigan 48824

Middle States Hearth Products Association - Partner

Other Not Shown

Midwest Hearth Products Association - Partner

6209 Mid Rivers Mall Drive
Suite 195
St. Charles, Missouri 63304
p: (314) 256-9926
f: (314) 256-9950

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Partner

500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-4040
p: (651) 296-6157

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - Partner

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-4194
p: 651-296-6300

National Steel Recycling Council - Partner

Other Not Shown

North Central Hearth Products Association - Partner

PO Box 259282
Madison, Wisconsin 53725-9282
p: 608-829-2580
f: 608-831-3590

Northeast Hearth Products Association - Partner

36 Margate Drive
Auburn, New Hampshire 03032
p: (603)669-2740
f: (603)669-2741

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Partner

101 S. Webster Street, P.O. Box 7921
Madison, Wisconsin 53707
p: 608-267-3125


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