MCFRP is a program designed to reduce air pollution from wood burning fireplaces and provide residents cleaner air to breathe. The program offers two options: 1) if a home is already plumbed for natural gas, the program will provide a voucher for up to $2,000 to cover the cost of the installation of a natural gas log set; or 2) the program will, at no charge to the homeowner, retrofit a wood burning fireplace with an air pollution reduction device.
Standard Wood Burning FireplaceNo Smoke Reduction
Fireplace with Air Pollution Reduction Device70% Smoke Reduction
Natural GasLog Set99% Smoke Reduction
Health Effects and Retrofit Options
Health Effects of Wood Smoke Pollution (PM2.5)
Most wood smoke particles are 2.5 microns or less in size which is smaller than a human hair.
- The particles in smoke are tiny bits of solids and liquids made of wood that is not completely burned.
- When you breathe in wood smoke, you inhale the fine particles deeply into your lungs.
- The particles contain toxic substances that can remain in your lungs for months, which lead to or exacerbate heart and lung disease.
Option 1: Natural Gas Log Sets – Minimal PM2.5 Pollution
- Convenient, safe, and clean burning option
- Looks just like wood burning fire
- Enjoy for hours with no logs to add or turn
- Only available to homes with gas service
- Can be used on no-burn days
Option 2: Reduce Smoke with an Air Pollution Reduction Device (HearthCAT)
- Easily installed inside fireplace
- Not visible to the homeowner
- Reduces air pollution from wood smoke
- Fire burns better, using less wood
- Saves homeowner money
- No maintenance required
- Please note: cannot be used on no-burn days
Maricopa County Fireplace Retrofit Program (MCFRP) Process
Verify you are in the program boundaries (see map). The program boundaries are Baseline Road to Northern Avenue and 59th Avenue to 16th Street.
Please note there is a wait list of several weeks depending upon the number of residents that have signed up before you. Please do not register more than once per home.
Once you receive a notice to move forward, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you selected Option 1 (Natural Gas Log Sets), you must follow this three step, 90-day process:
Step One – 30 days to receive a quote from one or both installers under contract with Maricopa County.
Step Two – 30 days to complete a required chimney inspection/cleaning and repair (if necessary). This is at your own cost.
Step Three – 30 days to complete your retrofit.
If you selected Option 2 (HearthCAT), you will have 30 days to complete your retrofit. Your chimney will be inspected and cleaned as part of this process.