we are definitely into the heating season now, this month
I would like to discuss solid fuel room heaters.
of us see wood stoves installed in homes we inspect. To
be frank, I think I have probably only seen one or two correctly
installed out of hundreds observed. Most often I see old
"yard sale" type unlisted (not lab tested or labeled)
stoves installed very close to the interior walls of a dwelling.
This month I want to review, briefly, the minimum requirements
for unlisted (no factory label on the stove depicting proper
installation and diagrams) wood stoves (not inserts). Personally
I think any unlisted stoves should be taken from yard sales
and such and melted down for other, safer, uses.
should be at least 36-inches from any combustible wall.
This includes drywall or plaster over wood framing. This
also includes walls where a veneer has been simply glued
onto the drywall or plaster over wood framing. Any clearance
reductions require an approved clearance reduction system
which always allows air flow between the clearance barrier
and the combustible wall (see diagram).
floor under a wood stove requires noncombustible material
to 18-inches around all sides of the stove. Typically, a
metal pan is also required under the unlisted stove, check
with your local building department.
wall "stove pipe" required 18-inches clearances
to any combustible materials and requires an approved thimble
where it passes through a wall or ceiling.
also advise my clients to consider a child safety barrier
around the stove. Many of us who grew up with old solid
fuel devices in their homes have a scar or two to remember
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