Change-Out Programs

Updated December 15th, 2016

Project Stove Swap

Northeastern Minnesota


Status: Active as of December 2016

Program Boundary Area: Koochiching, St. Louis, Lake, Cook, Beltrami, Hubbard, Itasca, Cass, Aitkin, Carlton, Pine, Crow Wing, Morrison, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, and Otter Tail Counties

Eligible fuels: Wood, pellet -> wood, pellet, natural gas

Notable feature(s): Old wood stoves must be used as a primary or major heat source.
Incentive Amounts
Project Stove Swaps offers qualifying residents, businesses, and non-profit institutions in 17 northeastern Minnesotan counties between $750 and $4,000 discounts to replace a pre-1992 wood burning appliances (wood and pellet stoves, fireplaces, forced air furnaces, or hydronic heaters) with a EPA certified wood stove or insert (up to $750), gas or pellet hearth appliance (up to $1,500), or EPA certified forced air furnace or hydronic heater (up to $4,000). The program also offers up to $325 to replace a wood stove catalyst, up to $400 for an EPA qualified fireplace retrofit device, or up to $1,500 for a vented gas stove insert. Income-qualifying residents are eligible for higher incentives.

Program Duration
The program is ongoing until at least the end of 2017, or until funds are depleted. The program is looking to expand to the rest of the state.

Interested participants should select a participating vendor from the program map. Additional vendors can apply to be part of the program through this form. The vendor will complete an application on the customerís behalf. Once the application is approved, the vendor will install the new device within 60 days of approval. Customers will then receive an invoice for the work minus the incentive. The vendor will train the participant on operating the new device and complete a certification form to be reimbursed.

Old wood appliances must be used as a primary or major heat source. Old appliances must be destroyed and recycled. New devices must be installed by a certified professional, including licensed plumbers or HVAC installers, NFI professionals, CSIA professionals, or certified electricians.

More Information
For more information, please visit the program website or contact Mikey Weitekamp at (612) 334-3388 ext. 8109 or