Project Stove Swap
Environmental Initiative’s Project Stove Swap helps connect you to a local vendor to swap out your old, inefficient wood burning stove or appliance with a new model. Financial incentives to replace your current appliance range from $325 to $10,000 depending on the type of equipment replaced and your income level.
Older wood burning appliances that are used as primary or major heat source in a residence, that consume at least two cords of wood annually and that were manufactured before 1992 are eligible for the program.
- Wood stoves and fireplace inserts.
- Pellet stoves and inserts.
- Forced air furnaces.
- Hydronic heaters.
Project Stove Swap and our network of vendors can help you determine if your existing appliance is eligible for replacement.
How can I swap out my stove?
1. Check your eligibility.
Project Stove Swap is now accepting applications from residents in Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, LeSueur, Rice, and Scott Counties.
Wood burning appliances being replaced must be a primary or major source of heat for a residence or frequently used nonresidential building. At least two cords of wood must be burned annually.
2. Sign up, select equipment, and agree.
Fill out our short sign-up form. Project Stove Swap staff will review your information and contact you about next steps. If eligible, our team will provide you with information on local, qualified vendors to select your new equipment, identify your financial incentive amount and sign a project agreement form.
3. Install your new device.
You and your vendor will work together to arrange for installation with an accredited installer. Project Stove Swap’s incentive will be added as a discount on your vendor’s invoice. Customers are responsible for all costs above the incentive amount.
4. Learn how your new device works.
Once your new device is installed, your vendor will show you how it works and fill out a certification form on your behalf.
Breathe easier knowing your new stove is helping your health and the environment. If you think any of your neighbors would benefit from a new stove, be sure to share the project with them!
What kind of discount can I get?
There are two tiers of financial incentives to save money on your swap. The incentive amounts are based on your income level and type of appliance.
General Residential Incentives
- EPA Certified Energy Efficient Wood Stoves/Wood Stove Inserts: Up to $750
- Other (gas stove or EPA Certified wood pellet) Energy Efficient Hearth Appliances: Up to $1,500
- EPA Certified Indoor/Outdoor Forced Air Furnaces & Hydronic Heaters : Up to $4,000
- EnergyStar Natural Gas or Propane Furnace: Up to $3,000
- Wood Stove Catalyst Replacement : Up to $325
- EPA Qualified Fireplace Retrofit Devices: Up to $400
- Vented Gas Stove Insert into Open Fireplace: Up to $1,500
Income-Qualified Residential Incentives*
- EPA Certified Energy Efficient Wood Stoves/Wood Stove Inserts: Up to $3,000
- Other (gas stove or EPA Certified wood pellet) Energy Efficient Hearth Appliances: Up to $3,500
- EPA Certified Outdoor Hydronic Heaters: Up to $10,000
- EPA Certified Indoor Wood Furnaces & Hydronic Heaters: Up to $6,000
- EnergyStar Natural Gas or Propane Furnace : Up to $5,000
- Wood Stove Catalyst Replacement : Up to $325
*Income qualified residents include those eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medical Assistance, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or other similar programs.
Frequently asked questions
How do I know if I am eligible to participate?
Older wood burning appliances manufactured before 1992 that are used as a primary or major heat source in a residence are eligible for the program. This includes wood stoves and fireplace inserts, pellet stoves and inserts, forced air furnaces, and hydronic heaters. Project Stove Swap staff can help you determine whether your existing appliance is eligible for replacement.
What new devices can I install?
Project Stove Swap replaces wood and pellet stoves and inserts, hydronic heaters, wood furnaces, gas furnaces, and gas stoves and inserts. These replacement devices must be EPA certified or Energy Star certified, respectively, reasonably energy efficient, and be the primary heat source for the home.
Why does my new device need to be installed by a certified professional?
Proper installation is critical to the safety, efficiency, and easy operation of heating appliances. Properly certified professionals have the industry standard in training and will make sure that your device is ready to run.
Why does my old device need to be recycled?
The goal of Project Stove Swap is to reduce air pollution by retiring older, inefficient wood-burning appliances. In recent years, technological advances have made new wood-burning appliances much more efficient, enabling them to produce the same amount of heat while producing significantly less smoke. Installing new wood and gas appliances saves homeowners and businesses time and money while helping us all breathe easier.
If an old appliance is re-installed, it is still producing emissions and jeopardizing the safety and health of its users. Old appliances must be destroyed and recycled in order to make sure this doesn’t happen to others.
Why focus on wood smoke?
According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the majority of the air pollutants of concern today come from smaller, widespread sources that are not regulated in the way power plants and factories are. These smaller sources include cars, trucks, construction equipment, residential wood burning, and residential garbage burning.
These sources contribute nearly 75 percent of air pollution emissions in the state.
In particular, wood smoke is composed of a mix of gases, chemicals, and fine particles. The finest particles are small enough to be absorbed by the lungs and enter into the bloodstream, which can cause a variety of health concerns, especially in children, the elderly and people with existing heart, lung or upper respiratory conditions.
Since 2017, Environmental Initiative and our partners have achieved the following through Project Stove Swap:
older, inefficient wood stoves have been swapped since the start of the program.
million in local economic activity has been generated.
cars removed from the road annually as a result of Project Stove Swap.