All posts by Roland von Schellwitz

Roland von Schewllwitz is a Solid Fuel Space Heating Technician, Solid Fuel System Advisor, Chimney Sweep and SITE Basic Inspector. Certification by Wood Energy Technology Transfer Inc. (WETT) valid for 2017. He is an Engineering graduate, with a bachelors degree in Systems Engineering from UVic.

Wood Stove Label on Wood Burning Appliances

The Wood Stove Label in Canada

– is attached to each appliance and has an individual serial number for your appliance.

(Special note: Appliances without labels are treated as an “uncertified appliance” which have special clearances and code requirements.)

– Each manufacturer of a wood burning appliance is required to complete extensive testing in an “independent test laboratory” such as Warnock Hersey (or another accredited Lab)

– The Test lab will have determined proper clearances to combustibles and other information for each particular model noted on its wood stove label attached to the appliance.

Wood Stove label
Wood Burning Stove Manufactures label

In Canada -a WETT Inspection for your wood burning stove will determine if the CSA test standard on the appliance wood stove label is a current one or a  Canada recognized one – usually wood stoves have to be certified to each particular country’s standards..

A WETT Inspection will also determine who the testing Agency is and whether the appliance is EPA Approved (Environmental Protection Agency)

Most jurisdictions do not allow a non EPA approved stove to be newly installed so be careful when you buy that “bargain online”.

Non EPA stoves do not reburn their smoke properly and are a nuisance in the neighborhood, however if they have been installed already and do meet current Installation codes they sometimes can be approved.

A WETT Inspection cannot and does not certify a particular piece of equipment

Wood stove companies pay thousands of dollars to test labs to get a certification for any given model.

A WETT inspector cannot produce a label for your homebuilt or otherwise older model stoves and units that are missing a wood stove label for any reason.

A WETT inspection will establish whether your system (certified or not) is installed with proper clearances and venting equipment to pass an insurance inspection.

Wood Stove and Chimney Services

Dean Brandhagen

WETT Certified Chimney Services
61 Oswego St Victoria BC Canada V8V 2A7

“40 Years Experience” Red Seal Mason Journeyman Bricklayer since 1972

Visit my You Tube Channel for lots of Videos about Wood Stove Stoves, Chimney Repairs and Wood Burning Tips and Hints

Serving Southern Vancouver Island and Southern Gulf Islands
Victoria, Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Vic West, View Royal
Langford, Colwood, Glen Lake, Bear Mountain, Highlands, Western Communities, Metchosin, Sooke, East Sooke

Saanich, Saanichton, Brentwood, West Saanich, Central Saanich, North Saanich, Sidney

Shirley, French Beach, Jordan River, Port Renfrew,
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Distant Consultations, Second Opinions and Pre Inspection Consultations available for $125 minimum up to Half an Hour


 

Dean Brandhagen
Victoria BC’s “Flue Guru”

WETT Certified Chimney Services
45 Years Successful Contracting and Trade Experience 

  • Local “Owner Operator” Family Business Serving Greater Victoria BC 
  • Master Tradesman – Interprovincial RedSeal Journeyman Brick Mason since 1973, Journeyman Carpenter since 1988, Journeyman Concrete Technician
  • WETT Certified Wood Heat Professional System Advisor, Inspector, Installer and Chimney Sweep
  • Licenced – Worksafe BC – Insured – BBB

 Talk or Text 1 (250) 418-5110

Annual Inspections and Cleaning

  • Since 1 in every 7 House fires is caused by a wood burning appliance – BC Fire Code and most Insurance Companies Require Annual Inspections & Cleanings on Wood Burning Devices.

      Our Chimney Sweep Service

Draft Problems

Repairs and Upgrades

New Equipment Installations

Wood Burning Accessories 

Weather Proofing 

Visit My Website http://flue.guru

Chimney Flue Cover Victoria BC – Video

Chimney Flue Cover Victoria BC- Video

Chimney Flue Cover Fireplace blockers
Fireplace Chimney Blockers using top sheet metal seal system

Chimney flue coveris a good investment, sealing an unused fireplace or any unused flue at the top of the chimney can be a good economic move

  • Open flues allow a lot of water to enter flue area to cause damage and rust to the metal damper and any other metal parts as well as soak up masonry and cause damp creosote odours
  • open unused flues provide handy shelter for raccoons and other wildlife
  • a open unused flue with a faulty or open damper allows expensive heated air to escape at a rate of up to 300 cfm
Clean chimney flue before installing fireplace chimney blockers
View of chimney down the flue

Prior to installing any fireplace chimney blockers make sure to clean the flue or you will have unwanted creosote smells in your home.

And once you have blocked off your chimney it’s a good idea to put a warning plate inside the firebox to stop someone from unknowingly lighting a fire in a fireplace chimney that has been decommissioned.

Tag to affix once you have added fireplace chimney blockers.
Firebox tag to label that the chimney has been modified

Call for price to start saving money on your heat costs

 

chimney flue cover
chimney flue cover

We can seal off your unused chimney flue cover and stop moisture entry and heat loss..


Dean Brandhagen
Victoria BC’s “Flue Guru”

WETT Certified Chimney Services
45 Years Successful Contracting and Trade Experience 

  • Local “Owner Operator” Family Business Serving Greater Victoria BC 
  • Master Tradesman – Interprovincial RedSeal Journeyman Brick Mason since 1973, Journeyman Carpenter since 1988, Journeyman Concrete Technician
  • WETT Certified Wood Heat Professional System Advisor, Inspector, Installer and Chimney Sweep
  • Licenced – Worksafe BC – Insured – BBB

 Talk or Text 1 (250) 418-5110

Annual Inspections and Cleaning

  • Since 1 in every 7 House fires is caused by a wood burning appliance – BC Fire Code and most Insurance Companies Require Annual Inspections & Cleanings on Wood Burning Devices.

      Our Chimney Sweep Service

Draft Problems

Repairs and Upgrades

New Equipment Installations

Wood Burning Accessories 

Weather Proofing 

Visit My Website http://flue.guru

 

Stove Top Thermometer or Stovepipe Type – Avoid Overfiring

 

Stove Top Thermometer or Stovepipe Type – Helpful or Not?

I just read a post where the writer said that because the fire has cycles the stove top thermometer or stovepipe thermometer may be a hindrance. I agree somewhat in the case if you are an experienced operator and are attentive and really know your equipment…

Having said that, as a chimney sweep I find that type of operator few and far between and see many mistakes from even the most seasoned of operators.

So I believe a Wood stove thermometer can be helpful in most cases, especially to the inexperienced stove user and is especially helpful for older stoves without glass doors.

Stove Top Thermometer
Wood Stove Thermometer

As an all round chimney maintenance guy, I get to see a lot of peoples burning habits when I clean their chimneys.

One of the most common errors I see is a stove that is too large for the area it is in. This type of situation results in the stove air being shut down and the fire smouldered because it’s just too hot in the room. Smouldering the stove always creates an accumulation of oily creosote in the chimney liner.

This creosote coats the pipe rather evenly all the way up. Then when a hot fire is burned, let’s say Christmas wrap or cardboard the chimney is filled up with flames and either melts the creosote which drips back down and plugs the liner or ignites the creosote and results in a chimney fire.

While a wood stove thermometer will not cure this oversize problem it will bring the idea to not smoulder the fire to the forefront as the readings point out when the fire is too cold and consequently making accumulated creosote.

Stovepipe thermometers come in several types, magnetic stove pipe type or stove top ones (some have a separate range reading for both) these are effective on single wall stove pipe.

If you have double wall pipe there is a drill in type that reads the flue gases.

Digital Wood Stove Thermometer for Fireplace Inserts

There are also good thermometers with digital read outs that are really good to prevent over firing into the liners of fireplace inserts where the stove exhaust is not seen. They come with an over fire alarm.

Remote Digital Flue Thermometer
Remote Digital Flue Thermometer with Overfire Alarm

I have a few of these remote digital ones. The cost is $199. plus shipping and taxes.




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Here is a link to some great wood burning tips.

Consultations, Second Opinions, Pre Installation Tips

Have specific Smoke Problems, Chimney or Wood Burning System questions ? Book a n Inspection today!


 

Dean Brandhagen
Victoria BC’s “Flue Guru”

WETT Certified Chimney Services
45 Years Successful Contracting and Trade Experience 

  • Local “Owner Operator” Family Business Serving Greater Victoria BC 
  • Master Tradesman – Interprovincial RedSeal Journeyman Brick Mason since 1973, Journeyman Carpenter since 1988, Journeyman Concrete Technician
  • WETT Certified Wood Heat Professional System Advisor, Inspector, Installer and Chimney Sweep
  • Licenced – Worksafe BC – Insured – BBB

 Talk or Text 1 (250) 418-5110

Annual Inspections and Cleaning

  • Since 1 in every 7 House fires is caused by a wood burning appliance – BC Fire Code and most Insurance Companies Require Annual Inspections & Cleanings on Wood Burning Devices.

      Our Chimney Sweep Service

Draft Problems

Repairs and Upgrades

New Equipment Installations

Wood Burning Accessories 

Weather Proofing 

Visit My Website http://flue.guru

 

WETT Certified Inspections Victoria BC – $125 – Video

WETT Certified Inspection Checklist Wood Burning Stove

Wett Certified Checklist for Wood Stove
Wett Inspection Checklist for Wood Stove and Fireplace Inserts

The WETT Inspection Checklist for a wood burning stove utilizes:

  1. Information about the particular wood burning appliance that is contained on the manufacturers label affixed to the appliance.
  2. The information that is the most relevant is the standard to which the appliance has been tested. – ULC S627 or ULC S-628 are the currently accepted standards for wood stoves in Canada. If the appliance has that standard listed on the label then the clearances to combustibles listed on the same label are considered valid and can be used in the inspection report.
  3. If there is no label or a label with a different certification then the installation inspection reverts to a set of clearances for what is called an “uncertified appliance” which I will write about in a separate post.
  4. New installations must also have an Environmental Protection Agency rating on the label.
  5. These standards  have been around since early eighties look on the label below to see is you can find the “tested to ULC S-627”.

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If the label is attached to the stove then  the WETT Inspector can trust the clearances listed on the label, there are usually two sets of clearances:

  1. One set of clearances is for single wall stovepipe which has a generic clearance requirement of 18″.
  2. The second set of clearances usually refer to a set of clearances, normally less, if the appliance has been installed with a certified double wall stovepipe.
  3. Some labels have several lists of clearances for different models.
Wett inspection checklist information on stove label
The label shows two sets of clearances based on the type of stovepipe that is used.

Here is my Video that explains some more details of the Wett inspection checklist.

There are several other specifics a Wett inspection checklist looks for:

  1. The size and positioning of the hearth pad. Rule of thumb is 18″ in front of loading doo and 8″ on sides and back.
  2. The type of “through wall” connection to a chimney is another very important consideration.
  3. Another is how the stovepipe flows – rule of thumb is male ends down. And three fasteners per joint on stovepipe. “Straight up” stovepipe should have a slip joint to provide for expansion when hot.
  4. Clearances to combustibles on the chimney structure or assembly is also consideration that a Wett inspection checklist looks for.

Chimney type, flue lining type and quality, attic insulation shields, masonry chimney condition, chimney cap and drip edges, raincaps and chimney liners are also on the list for the WETT inspection checklist.

Call us to arrange your inspection in the Greater Victoria BC area. Usual cost is $125 per system plus any repairs, travel or roof charges.

 


Dean Brandhagen
Victoria BC’s “Flue Guru”

WETT Certified Chimney Services
45 Years Successful Contracting and Trade Experience 

  • Local “Owner Operator” Family Business Serving Greater Victoria BC 
  • Master Tradesman – Interprovincial RedSeal Journeyman Brick Mason since 1973, Journeyman Carpenter since 1988, Journeyman Concrete Technician
  • WETT Certified Wood Heat Professional System Advisor, Inspector, Installer and Chimney Sweep
  • Licenced – Worksafe BC – Insured – BBB

 Talk or Text 1 (250) 418-5110

Annual Inspections and Cleaning

  • Since 1 in every 7 House fires is caused by a wood burning appliance – BC Fire Code and most Insurance Companies Require Annual Inspections & Cleanings on Wood Burning Devices.

      Our Chimney Sweep Service

Draft Problems

Repairs and Upgrades

New Equipment Installations

Wood Burning Accessories 

Weather Proofing 

Visit My Website http://flue.guru