Safe Wood Stoves in the Sahtu

Posted 2015-04-24
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In August 2014, Arctic Energy Alliance conducted three Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) courses over a six day period in Norman Wells to help train local and regional residents to become WETT Certified. The WETT training teaches how to safely install wood stoves and greatly reduce the risk of house fires, and to use the wood appliance efficiently in order to get the most heat possible. In anticipation of their wood stove program, Fort Good Hope sent three students to participate so that their community was prepared and certified to install thirty wood stoves.

This was followed up by the Fort Good Hope EPA wood stove project in March 2015 where a WETT certified technician instructed the practical hands-on training to two WETT students from Fort Good Hope. The practical hands-on component of the training assisted WETT students to further their knowledge and comply with the high standards of workmanship, and most importantly compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions and WETT certification standards. The project installed 10 EPA wood stoves in Fort Good Hope under an agreement with the GNWT Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, and 20 wood stoves under the K’ahsho Got’ine Community Council and Ne’rahten Development wood stove project.

The practical hands-on training and installs were done by Donald Andre of Northwest Solar Inc. along with Arctic Energy Alliance acting as project lead. The picture was taken in Fort Good Hope.