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Installing a wood stove… need some advice

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Hodmokrin, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think the actual code differs anywhere - but the AHJ (the inspector) often takes nuances into account. The best example is the definition of a garage. I added a garage ONTO my garage, which was meant as a shop. The building official allowed me to install a pellet stove in there.

    For purposes of that part of the code, my guess would mean that it means no wood stoves in a "standard" attached garage which is used for cars and such.

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  2. Lumber-Jack

    Lumber-Jack Minister of Fire

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    They must.
    Or at least for sure they are different in this country, because I researched and discussed this point extensively with my insurance agent, and a couple WETT certified installers before installing the wood stove in my garage and the only requirement was that the stove be elevated 18". And that applied to both attached and non-attached garages where things like gas and cars might be stored. For an outbuilding where no volatiles were to be stored an elevated hearth was unnecessary.
    Also I have read in this forum where many people in the USA had wood stoves installed in their garages where vehicles were stored, and they claimed they had been inspected and were covered by their home insurance.

    Perhaps a poll is in order?
  3. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think Canada uses the NFPA.....as it's basis for stuff like this?

    Here is the part of the NFPA and some earlier discussion:
    http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/wiki/Stove_in_Residential_Garages

    It's pretty clear "shall not be installed in any garage" - but, as I have said before, that is probably meant to refer to a normal attached confined car-type garage in a residential property.

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