Wood Stoves by Tom Black

Published October 1, 2016

Tome Black

A couple of weeks ago, we got a call from a man from Renfrew County, who sells outdoor wood stoves. He was very concerned that he may not be able to sell them any more in that area. He had heard rumours suggesting just that and wondered what he could do.

It would seem that the rumour may have come from the deal signed by the 3 amigos in June 2016. Prime Minister Trudeau, President Obama and President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico agreed to “reduce black carbon (soot)” and went on to say “we commit to significant nation actions to reduce black carbon emissions in North America”. Then further down they say “deploy renewable energy and efficiency alternatives to diesel, coal, or firewood in remote communities, in collaboration with international partners and organizations”.

So you see folks, these worries are real and it would only take an over-zealous local council to step up and use this document as a guideline for their next round of by-laws. The city of Montreal has already made some moves in that direction.

All citizens of the city who have had wood stoves or fireplaces had to register them with the city by the end of 2015. By 2018 they will all have to be up to efficiency ratings that the city has set meaning a lot of expensive upgrades to most fireplaces and some stoves.

In conclusion, I have not found anyone in Ontario who has yet been affected by this agreement but for sure, it is only a matter of time.

5 Responses to “Wood Stoves by Tom Black”

  1. martin November 1, 2016

    what they ignore is that wood is a TRUE renewable resource.
    it has a 0 carbon footprint.. what it gives off while burning is exactly what it would give off rotting on the forest floor..
    BUT big business and govt cant make any money from it.

  2. martin November 1, 2016


  3. J.P. De Grandmont October 8, 2016

    Serious attempts at reducing environmental pollution should focus on changing transport of goods from transport trucks to railways.

  4. Robert Betcher October 3, 2016

    My understanding is that the Ontario Building Code was revised in 2015 to set more stringent standards for the release of fine particulate matter from wood burning stoves. The new standards essentially will require a system for secondary combustion. If you plan to install a new wood stove you will not be able to get a building permit (provincial regulation) unless it meets the most recent standards.

  5. stewart millar October 2, 2016

    The story is a non issue to say the least.No merit.
    600 existing coal plants in the United States….says it all…they will never reduce if profit is hurt


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