There are an estimated 320,000 fireplaces and wood stoves in Sacramento County homes. Wood smoke created from the use of wood and pellets in these devices is a significant source of particulate matter, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, toxic air contaminants and odors, especially during the winter. These pollutants are linked to serious health impacts.
The SacMetro AQMD is committed to reducing pollution coming from wood burning fireplaces and wood stoves. It has an incentive program that helps people change out their existing wood burning units to cleaner units, and an enforcement program to stimulate compliance with rules related to wintertime burning activities.
The SacMetro AQMD has funding to help Sacramento County residents replace older, more polluting units with cleaner-burning, U.S. EPA certified or equivalent units. Click here for the Wood Stove & Fireplace Incentive Program flyer.
Currently accepting applications
Instructions and forms for Low Income Program
Currently not accepting applications
Please check back to see when funding may be available.
If you received an incentive from the Wood Stove/Fireplace Incentive Program, choose from the list of participating retailers to make your purchase.
If you are a wood stove/fireplace retailer that wishes to participate in the change out program, please see participating retailer requirements for more information.
Board of Directors Change Out Program Update April 2009 (PDF)
Board of Directors Change Out Program Update July 2008 (PDF)
Board of Directors Report on Phase I Voucher Program January 2007 (PDF)
Board of Directors Memo on the Change Out Program June 2006 (PDF)
Change Out Program Staff Report to the Board of Directors June 2006 (PDF)
Wood Stove Line: (916) 440-WOOD (9663) Fax line: (916) 874-7896
The SacMetro AQMD regulates the type of wood burning appliances (for example: fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves) that can be installed in Sacramento County. This page (link) includes several links that provide information on wood burning appliances.
During the months of November through February it is illegal to burn solid fuel such as wood, pellets or manufactured logs when air pollution is forecasted to be high. To comply with the law, you should Check Before You Burn before using any indoor or outdoor fireplace, stove, fire pit or chiminea. For additional information about the Check Before You Burn program click here. To check the daily burn forecast and get historical data visit Spare The Air.