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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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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

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  • 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.

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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