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CHIMNEY INSPECTION DIAGNOSIS REPAIR
BACKDRAFTING HEATING EQUIPMENT
CARBON MONOXIDE - CO
CHIMNEY CAP & CROWN
CHIMNEY CLEANING PROCEDURES
CHIMNEY COMPONENT DEFINITIONS
CHIMNEY CRACK DETECTION & DIAGNOSIS
CHIMNEY DRAFT & PERFORMANCE
CHIMNEY FIRE ACTION / PREVENTION
CHIMNEY HEIGHT & CLEARANCE CODE
CHIMNEY INSPECTION, FLUE INTERIOR
CHIMNEY LEANING, SEPARATION, MOVEMENT
CHIMNEY REPAIR METHODS
CHIMNEY STAINS & LEAKS
CHIMNEY TYPES & MATERIALS
DIRECT VENTS / SIDE WALL VENTS
DRAFT REGULATORS, DAMPERS, BOOSTERS
FIRE CLEARANCES INDOORS
FIREPLACES & HEARTHS
FLUE VENT CONNECTORS
MASONRY CHIMNEY GUIDE
METAL CHIMNEYS & FLUES
SAFETY RECALLS CHIMNEYS VENTS HEATERS
SOOT AT CHIMNEY TOP
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING EXTERIORS
WOOD, COAL STOVES & FIREPLACES
Chimney safety requirements when changing fuels: oil to gas conversions. Changing the fuel burned for heating appliances, for example from oil to gas, can present serious chimney safety hazards that need to be addressed by cleaning, inspection, and possibly repair or re-lining of the chimney flue.
Our page top photo shows that the outdoor oil tank has been disconnected (red arrow) and a portable LP gas tank and regulator (green arrows) have been installed to provide heat to this Pennsylvania cabin. At an amateur-looking installation like this one, we guess that no one has considered whether the chimney is safe to use in these conditions.
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Changing fuel, for example from oil to gas, during an oil-to-gas heat conversion (or from wood or coal to oil or gas fuel) can present serious chimney safety hazards that need to be addressed by cleaning, inspection, and possibly repair or re-lining of the chimney flue.
Masonry chimneys without flue tiles must be lined before a new appliance can be installed.
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More Information & Warnings About Oil to Gas Heat Conversions
See OIL TANK ABANDONMENT or LEAK REGS - 1993 where we report on the concern for oil spills at discontinued heating oil storage tanks. Quoting New Jersey's Department of Community Affairs Division of Codes and Standards,
See OIL TANK ABANDONING PROCEDURE where we give advice on steps to take when converting from oil to gas fuel for home heating
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about oil to gas heat conversions, chimneys, fuels, safety worries
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