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CHIMNEY INSPECTION DIAGNOSIS REPAIR
BACKDRAFTING HEATING EQUIPMENT
CARBON MONOXIDE - CO
CHIMNEY COMPONENT DEFINITIONS
CHIMNEY FIRE ACTION / PREVENTION
COMBUSTION GASES & PARTICLE HAZARDS
COMBUSTION PRODUCTS & IAQ
FLAME COLOR, BLUE vs YELLOW COMBUSTION
HOME HEATING SAFETY
Moisture / Frost Damaged Chimney
ODORS & SMELLS DIAGNOSIS & CURE
Safety Recalls, Chimneys, Vents, Heaters
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING EXTERIORS
WOOD, COAL STOVES & FIREPLACES
WOOD STOVE SAFETY
Woodstove fire clearance distance specifications: This article describes safety distances required between wood stoves and coal stoves and the nearest combustible surface.
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Readers should also see Fire Clearances for Masonry Chimneys and Fire Clearances for Metal Chimneys and FIRE CLEARANCES, Single-Wall Metal Flues as well as Flue Vent Connectors - Boilers, Furnaces. The process and temperatures under which wood deteriorates and becomes more readily combustible is also discussed at SOLAR COLLECTOR WOOD HOUSINGS.
Watch out: Check with your local fire marshall about local building code requirements for fire-clearance distances before installing and using a wood stove, coal stove, or other auxiliary heat source. Making a mistake can lead to a dangerous building fire.
Examples of Unsafe Fire Clearances for woodstoves
Above we illustrate two egregious examples of wood stove installations. The Jotl type woodstove (above left) is installed half in a weird (and improperly constructed) fireplace and half standing on carpeting.
The odd shape of the fireplace was creative but we suspect that it may not have performed well - another reason for adding the woodstove. This is an unsafe installation.
Placing a woodstove in a living room next to the couch (above right) is asking for a fire.
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