Change-Out Programs

Updated August 26th, 2016

Burn Cleaner: Fireplace and Woodstove Changeout

San Joaquin Valley Air Basin, California


Status: Active as of August 2016

Location: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, & SJV portion of Kern County

Eligible fuels: Wood (uncertified) -> wood (certified), pellet, gas; Wood (certified) -> pellet, gas

Notable feature(s): Includes renters and rebates to replace certified wood stoves with pellet, gas or electric.
Incentive Amounts
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District offers $1,000-$3,500 vouchers for tenants and homeowners who replace an uncertified wood burning device with a certified wood, pellet, or gas stove (those switching to gas and low-income residents receive higher incentives). Residents with certified wood devices are eligible for $1,000 or $1,500 vouchers to switch to a pellet or gas appliance (those switching to gas receive the higher incentive).

Program Duration
The program is ongoing until funds are depleted, but priority is given to low-income applicants, people switching to natural gas, and those without piped natural gas service.      

To qualify for a voucher, applicants must submit an application with two pre-installation photos before purchasing the new device from an eligible retailer. The new device must be installed by the retailer, a third-party contractor supervised by the retailer, or a pre-approved certified technician. No self-installations are allowed.

Applicants must certify that they will remove or recycle the old device within 60 days of installing the new device. The new device must be installed at the device address for at least three years. District Rule 4901 bans the sale of uncertified wood burning devices and contains other restrictions on wood use.   

More Information
For more information, please visit the program website or contact the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution District at (559) 230-5800 or