Wood Burning Exchange
The MultCo Wood Burning Device Exchange Program is designed to encourage residents of Multnomah County to remove their older, smoky wood stoves and fireplaces and replace them with cleaner heat pumps for a healthier home and cleaner air.
- Participating homeowners will receive a financial incentive for replacing their wood burning device. The incentive amounts range from $3000 to full cost replacement, dependent on eligibility and household income.
To be eligible for the program the exchange must:
- Be located in Multnomah County
- Decommission or permanently remove a wood burning device that is indoors, is currently working, and burns wood for heating purposes
- Be approved by the legal homeowner. For rental properties, formal approval from the property owner will be required as part of the approval process
There is not an income limit to participate in this program. However, priority and higher incentives will be given to low to moderate income homeowners within target areas of Multnomah County. This program is also available to rental units with homeowner approval.
Complete interest form here.
The program is currently accepting interest forms for all of Multnomah County. The Cully, Lents, Portsmouth, and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods will be prioritized. These target neighborhoods were prioritized by taking a closer look at areas in Multnomah County that have households with lower incomes, more people of color, higher risk of cancer from air toxics in wood smoke, and likelihood of heating by a bulk fuel (wood, oil, or propane tank).
The interest form is to express interest in the program and is not a guarantee of registration or incentive award. You will be notified by phone or email when your place on the waitlist has been reached.
Make the change, get clean heat
Smoke from residential wood stoves contains pollutants that can worsen indoor and outdoor air quality and cause harmful health effects, both long and short term. Those with lung conditions, children, older adults and others are especially at risk. We are working to improve air quality and protect community health in Multnomah County by removing inefficient polluting woodstoves and fireplaces with more efficient electric heat pumps.
By upgrading, residents can:
- Improve local air quality indoors and out
- Cut creosote build-up in chimney and reduce the risk of fire
- Improve family lung health by reducing indoor air pollution
- Save time and energy
- Support the local economy
Phone: (503) 988-6189