Wood Stove Installation Requirements Guide
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The attached PDF includes notes and diagrams, which are provided as a supplement to assist with the visual assessment of solid fuel heating appliance, flue pipe and chimney installations. Please refer to this guide when completing a Red River Mutual Solid Fuel Heating Questionnaire and note any hazard areas or non-code compliant components of the installation. Cleaning, Maintenance, and Repairs Solid fuel burning appliances and their venting systems operate under severe conditions and need regular maintenance if they are to function well. All the materials and finishes are stressed by high temperatures as well as heating and cooling cycles. Steel and cast iron parts are subject to corrosion from condensation and creosote acids. Creosote deposits that build up in the venting system need to be removed regularly to prevent chimney fires. Some fire codes require that chimneys and flue pipes be inspected annually and cleaned when necessary. All components need regular attention so that gradual deterioration does not compromise the safety of the system and put your home and family at risk. We recommend that homeowners implement an annual chimney cleaning schedule, with all work done by a Wood Energy Technology Transfer (W.E.T.T.) certified sweep. If repairs or replacement of wood heating components is required, all work should be completed by a W.E.T.T. certified installer to ensure the safety and efficiency of the system and that the installation meets all building code requirements and safety standards.