Woodstove replacement program returns

IFPopular Woodstove Replacement Program Back for Limited Time

Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County, CA – In response to popular demand, Mono County and Mammoth Lakes officials announce the return of the Woodstove Replacement Program for property owners who want to upgrade from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces to cleaner and more efficient heating systems.

Following an agreement in early 2014 between the Great Basin Air Pollution Control District and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Air District Board-member agencies received settlement funds allocated on a per capita basis to pay for air pollution prevention programs across their districts. With several hundred thousand dollars between them, officials from the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County chose to spend their funds on reducing wood smoke emissions from wood-burning heating systems throughout the region.

Similar to the Air District’s recent CAPP-funded woodstove replacement program, funding will be provided to local retailers who are contracted by qualified property owners to provide and install the new systems. Shared costs will be required from property owners, with amounts dependent on the new system and installation requirements.

To qualify for program participation, an existing wood-burning system (woodstove or open fireplace) must be a building’s primary heat source, it must be located within Mammoth Lakes or Mono County, and it must fall under one of several qualifying categories:

Within Mammoth Lakes:  For properties purchased in 1990 or earlier* with owners who want to replace pre-1990 wood burning systems, $1,500 may be available toward the cost of a new EPA Phase II wood-burning system, or $2,000 toward a new EPA certified pellet stove or gas heating system. Documented proof of property purchase date is required.

Newly purchased properties within Mammoth Lakes:  For properties required to replace an old, noncompliant wood-burning system by Town Code §8.30.050, and changed title within last few months, $500 may be available toward a new pellet or gas heating system. Documented proof of property purchase date and submittal of building permit is required. New woodstoves are excluded from this offering. 

Within Mono County, excluding Mammoth Lakes:  For pre-1990 wood burning stoves and open fireplaces (not EPA compliant), $1,500 may be available toward a new EPA Phase II wood-burning stove or fireplace, or $2,000 toward a new pellet stove or gas system.

Within Mammoth Lakes and Mono County:  For woodstoves currently being used which are newer than 1990 (EPA Phase I or II-certified stoves, excluding pellet stoves), $2,000 may be available toward a new, cleaner-burning pellet stove or gas heating system. This amount applies to replacing post-1990 woodstoves with pellet or gas (propane or kerosene) systems only.

*Mammoth Lakes properties that were purchased or changed ownership after 1990, and not upgraded to EPA certified heating systems (Phase I or Phase II) as required by Town Municipal Code 8.30, do not qualify for funding under this program.

All replaced stoves must also be freely relinquished to the retailer during new installation, and open fireplaces must be rendered inoperable. See accompanying illustration for identification of EPA certified stoves.

This program is open to public participation through local participating retailers only on a ‘first come, first served’ basis until allocated funds are exhausted, and qualified payments for new systems will only be made to participating retailers.

All interested Mammoth Lakes and Mono County property owners are encouraged to immediately contact one of the participating retailers serving the area:  Alpine Stove & Mercantile (760/934-4416); Angelo’s Stove & Chimney (760/937-0860), Clean Sweep (760/934-3453); High Country Lumber (760/924-2720); Manor True Value Hardware for Mono County only (760/873-3106), and Batchelder Enterprises for kerosene heating systems (760/873-3800).   

For additional program information, please call 760/914-0388 or email  HYPERLINK “mailto:[email protected][email protected]

HOW TO TELL IF YOU HAVE AN EPA CERTIFIED WOODSTOVE:  All woodstoves manufactured in the United States after July 1, 1988 are certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be clean-burning. A label on the back of these woodstoves bears the name of the EPA with installation date information.

23 Responses to Woodstove replacement program returns

  1. Wayne Deja October 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    Tourbillion….. Not to keep this going,but your wrong on both your accounts…..First off,I’m the one that first brought up the FOX NEWS thing…but only AFTER Mark made the first negative comment concerning liberals and their “give aways for free at other’s expense” comment.

    • Ken Warner October 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

      I’m so tired of the liberal vs. conservative diatribe. Over and over. It never goes anywhere. I wish it would just go away.

  2. BishopBeans October 4, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    I thought this was a story about wood stove replacements. The DWP was, once again, caught being a bully by the court and was required to pay Great Basin APCD a $1.2 million penalty. Great Basin turned all the money over to Inyo, Mono and Alpine Counties and the TOML to be used for clean air projects. Alpine, Mono and TOML chose to use their payments for wood stove upgrades. Inyo County has yet to decide how to use its money, but I bet it won’t be for wood stove upgrades.

  3. DESCO October 3, 2014 at 9:55 pm #


    This from a smarter person than I.

  4. DESCO October 3, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    I am sick to death of this blog/web site.
    How come damn near every story posted here can become, after three or four posts, a condemnation of Obama, Bush , Fox news, Liberals or Conservatives?
    I learned a long time ago, if you wanted to avoid a fight you did not discuss politics or religion.
    To a believer, no proof is required.
    To a non believer, no proof is adequate.
    No one is going to change anybody’s mind with snide, insulting, angry remarks.
    Opinions are worthless, facts are priceless. And be careful, in this age of information, where you find your facts.
    My old man used to say,”Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see”.
    In this day and age half is way too generous.

    • Steve October 4, 2014 at 9:30 am #

      Nailed it! I’m outta here. It’s all yours Wayne.

    • Josh G October 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

      Welcome to the internet!

  5. Program Admin October 3, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    This program doesn’t provide “something for nothing” as noted by Mark. As the article states in the 3rd paragraph, “Shared costs will be required from property owners, with amounts dependent on the new system and installation requirements.”

  6. Wayne Deja October 1, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    Thank You,Benett !!…..When I first saw this story,I figured it wouldn’t be long before someone would post as Mark did above…..almost like he,himself was paying for it…..and more or less blaming President Obama for it….just like it’s President Obama’s fault for the ebola virus,as it was stated to be on FOX NEWS tonight(when I tuned it on to get my nightly laugh)…

  7. Mark October 1, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    “Popular Woodstove Replacement Program Back for Limited Time”

    Something for nothing at someone else’s expense is always popular among liberals.

    • Benett Kessler October 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

      The money comes from a settlement over air pollution with LADWP. It has nothing to do with liberals or conservatives. It has to do with air quality. Benett Kessler

    • tbone October 2, 2014 at 11:29 am #

      Spouting off Fox News talking points without actually READING the article is always popular among conservatives. Thanks for the input, Mark.

      • Bemused October 3, 2014 at 8:45 am #

        You’ll have to excuse Mark tbone, he’s an idiot…

        • Ken Warner October 3, 2014 at 10:07 am #

          Hey Philip, Bemused called Mark an idiot. Aren’t you going to say something?

          • Philip Anaya October 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

            KW .
            By his own assessment Mongo is allowed the title of Idiot. I too Bemused, have trouble remembering names .
            Had the thought the other day that some of our fellow Americano’s are really awful to each other. You really see it in the City where people are anonymous and their asocial behavior is largely unchecked . Here in Inyo Mono some of us can be just as awful . Individuals myself included all need the help of our friends and neighbors to interact and be human with one another. There are a lot of great human beings on this earth, Int he Eastern Sierra and it is possible for just one to make heaven into hell . Rodney King said it best. “Can’t we all just……..get along”
            The cleanest burning stoves benefit all of us. Thanks DWP, once again

          • Bemused October 4, 2014 at 11:05 am #

            FYI Ken, I made a follow-up comment expounding on “idiot,” but it must have been deemed inappropriate (which it absolutely was not), as it was never posted here.


          • Benett Kessler October 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

            I would appreciate an end to the name-calling. Benett Kessler

          • Mongo the idiot October 5, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

            Is someone taking my moniker?
            Do I have to move aside?
            I’m afraid and sad and lonely all at the same time.
            I may be a spammer, I don’t know.

          • Reality Check October 6, 2014 at 9:21 am #

            Mongo, there are lots of people with “Idiot” for a last name. However, there is only one Mongo. I think that you are safe for now. I look forward to more insightful comments from you. There is only one Mongo!

      • Tony Cumia October 4, 2014 at 8:33 am #

        Oooh- making a smarmy remark about Fox News, sounds like Rachel Maddow talking points. You must be one of the 46 viewers she has.

        • Benett Kessler October 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

          What’s the point of this comment? We’re talking about clean air projects locally, paid for by LADWP – not about conservative versus liberal television news. Benett Kessler

          • Tourbillon October 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

            You castigate Tony but gave a pass to tbone – who started the ball rolling re a snotty remark about FoxNews and to whom Tony was simply responding in kind. I guess commenting about “conservative versus liberal television news” is OK on SW, so long as the comment comes from the Left. What a surprise.

          • Benett Kessler October 6, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

            Tourbillon, as much as you would like to hurt me, there is no design on my giving a pass or not. I just get tired of the meaningless comments at some point, and that’s it. Benett Kessler


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