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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
HEATING SYSTEM INSPECTION
HOME HEATING SAFETY
ODORS & SMELLS DIAGNOSIS & CURE
SAFETY RECALLS CHIMNEYS VENTS HEATERS
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING EXTERIORS
WOOD, COAL STOVES & FIREPLACES
WOOD STOVE SAFETY
Fire clearance hazards - unsafe indoor combustible clearances, & hazardous chimney clearances to indoor surfaces: this article describes common indoor fire clearance safety hazards.
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Here is a list of articles describing in more detail a variety of fire hazards that occur because of inadequate distance between a heating appliance, flue vent connector, chimney, or other building component and combustible materials.
Our page top sketch of a three-sided chimney is courtesy Carson Dunlop Associates. These articles on chimneys and chimney safety provide detailed suggestions describing how to perform a thorough visual inspection of chimneys for safety and other defects. Chimney inspection methods and chimney repair methods are also discussed.
Particularly when heating costs for conventional heating oil and gas are rising and high, these devices see extra service and may be run longer or hotter than usual in a home. The result is an increase in house fires where wood stoves, coal stoves, or fireplace inserts have been improperly installed or where the chimney has become creosote-laden and catches on fire.
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