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Solid-Fuel-Burning Appliances

This page has been created to assist you with your woodstove or pellet stove installation.  Before you can use your Solid-Fuel-Burning Appliance, an inspection is required.

Fire Chief Matt Treit is the solid-fuel-burning appliance inspector for the District of Tumbler Ridge, he is certified by the Wood Energy Technology Transfer Inc. (WETT).

Please ensure that the following criteria have been met before contacting the Fire Hall for an inspection.

General Requirements
         Installed in Principal Building
  Solid-Fuel-Burning Appliance meets the particulate emmission requirements of the Canadian Standard or the US Standard
  Complies with manufacturer's installation instructions and the BC Building Code, BC Fire Code, and CAN/CSA - B365 Standard
  Installed smoke alarms
  Installed Carbon Monoxide Detector
  Clearances as supplied by the manufacturer must be followed
  Appliances installed in mobile homes must be approved for such installations
Flue Pipe
  Flue pipe clearance is 18" or according to manufacturer
  Londitudinal seams are on sides or on top of flue pipe
  No more than two 90 degree elbows
  Male end of the flue pipe must attach to the stove
  Joints in flue pipes, including the connections to the appliance and the chimney must be made with at least three screws
  Flue pipe may be reduced in diameter from the of the flue collar, but not increased
  Pellet stove vent joints should be sealed with foil taped or proper silicone sealant
  A flue pipe must be sloped upwards towards the chimney at least 1/4" per foot (20 mm per meter) of horizontal run
   A single wall flue pipe may not exceed 10 feet (3 meters) in total length
   Wood burning appliances must be connected to a certified factory built chimney approved for use with the appliance or connected to a masonry chimney conforming with the BC Building Code
   Chimneys must be inspected at least once every 12 months and cleaned as often as necessary to prevent the accumulation of more than 3 mm (1/8") of soot or creosote
   If shielding is being used, it must be 7/8" from combustibles and attached by noncombustible spacers.  Shielding placed directly against the wall is not acceptable
   Shielding must be between 1" and 3" from the floor
   Shielding must extend 18" beyond the sides of the appliance and 20" above the appliance
  Floor Pads
   Floor pad must extend 8" beyond sides and back of appliance and 18" beyond the front of the appliance.  For pellet stoves, follow the manufacturer's recommendations
   Floor pads cannot have any combustible material exposed

Before the System is Installed:
· Ensure that the chimney being used is approved for use with that specific appliance.
· Get a permit from the building department if you are making structural changes such as installing a new chimney.
· Contact your insurance agent to find out if the installation will affect your premiums.  Insurance company treatment of wood-heat installations varies widely.
· Spend some time with the retailer, installer or contractor going over the plans for the installation.  Make sure you understand what is involved and what the cost will be.  If you are installing the unit yourself, get advice from a trained professional on any points for which you need help.
· Read the manufacturer’s installation instructions carefully.
While the System is Being Installed:
· Satisfy yourself that the manufacturer’s instructions are being followed exactly.  If the installer deviates from the instructions, ask why.
After the Installation is Complete:
· Check the installation over to be sure it meets code requirements.
· Have the installation inspected by the Fire Chief, call 250-242-3939 to make an appointment.
· Notify your insurance agent that the installation is complete.
· Buy a labeled and approved ABC-type fire extinguisher and store it near the installation.  Follow the instructions on the extinguisher label for maintenance procedures.
· Do not use your Solid-Fuel-Burning Appliance until it has passed inspection.
 A printed brochure is available at the fire hall.