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Tempwood owner's manual

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by schelleng, Aug 1, 2006.

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  1. schelleng

    schelleng New Member

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    Hi, I have a TempWood top-loader that I would like to install in my living room. Does any one out there have any idea where I can get a copy of the owner's manual for this stove so I can figure out the clearances needed so it will pass inspection?

    If anyone has one I'd be glad to pay you to fax me a copy . . .

    Thanks for listening,

    Chris in MA.

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  2. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    Chris there should be a tag lable on the back with a UL listing and clearance to combustiables listed.
    Without the lable and UL listing you may find it real hard to obtain a permit In MA. Lable and lstings are part of the sixth edition of Ma codes also required in the International Mechanical codes and NFPA 211
  3. schelleng

    schelleng New Member

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    Thanks for your response. Unfortunately the tag / label are long gone. Our building inspector recommended that I try to find a manual so that prompted my post . . . kind of a long shot but who knows?
  4. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    If the stove was manufactured after 1979 then chances are it was labled and ul listed.
    I have to admit or take responsibility for your position. I presented seminars to all 351 town inspectors
    in MA during the second anual building inspector's convention last march at Bridge Water State college.
    I did cover the lable and listing requirements and UL certification.

    I also saw on Craig' list a tempwood for sale witha manual. Maybe you can contact them for a copy. goggle tempwood
    wood stove and see what turns up. I posted a couple of days back a primer for new owners of wood stoves and a followup
    for how to buy a used stove. As an inspector I can require a condition assesment of that stove from a reconised installer/ chimney sweep before I issue a permit. IT's your personal safety I am thinking about. Makes no sense to install or permit a potential
    safety hazzard

    PM me the town you are in
  5. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Try Woodmans Associates on the parts page....
    http://www.hearth.com/partsplace.html

    It was definitely an approved stove at one time, and very safe. There are no side or front loading or opening doors, and that made it especially safe.
  6. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Just FYI, up until about 1985 many of the stove labels were VERY poor - maybe even after that. Some were made of metal foil with adhesive - no chance of lasting more than two years.

    Even the ones that were riveted are often unreadable after 5 or 6 years.
    This can be a problem since you often have to satisfy the official. Some officials will allow you to use Generic NFPA codes for installation clearances.
  7. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    Craig chris an I are exchanging PM's Trying to work out some proof of label or manual approval to satisfy his local Inspector.
    I thought If I had proof I could fax it from my office to chris's town inspector's, office who is in the same district as me and works it out. This issue goes away with proof of it being listed.
  8. schelleng

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    Success! Thanks to a tip from the Lord of Fire I contacted a woman selling a similar stove on Craigslist in Albany . . . she graciously agreed to fax me a copy of the owner's manual which is now in my posession.

    So hopefully I can get the inspector to bless this thing off -- at least now I have some sort of documentation!
  9. seaken

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    You should be able to confirm this with the manual - I think that the Tempwood, while UL Listed, used the same clearances as in the NFPA 211 document for unlisted stoves. 36" to combustible wall, etc. It's been a while though, so I may be mistaken.

    Sean
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