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Old 02-04-2009, 08:24 AM   #1
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So it's really cold here


And I need some advice from some experts.

We live in a townhouse in Northern MD. There is a wood burning fireplace in the corner of the main room of our finished basement. I would like to take it out and install a pellet stove or a wood burning stove.
I was advised to have the chimney check for "fire rating" to be sure it can stand up to the temperatures a stove would produce. Who do I call for this? Also are there any other "offices " I will need to get approval from before I attempt this?

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The company you purchase the stove from should be able to send somebody out to see if the existing chimney is rated for what you want to install.

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The company you purchase the stove from should be able to send somebody out to see if the existing chimney is rated for what you want to install.
Thanks that's what I needed, a starting point.
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Check with your insurance company first!

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Old 02-06-2009, 06:16 AM   #6
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.. and your local codes.. which your local supplier should be familiar with
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Actually a stove is a stove so to speak
My last house they noted the wood stove
I was buying a new one & asked if they needed anything on the new stove. They said it didn't matter what stove was installed as long as they knew for insurance purposes a stove was installed

Some areas you need it inspected/permit, and the fire dept may need to see it.
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My mother installed a "Franklin stove" - completely legal and proper and her insurance company would not insure her because they "had too much liability in the area with wood burners" (like those companies avoiding hurricane country). She had to get another insurance carrier with a minor price increase for the wood burning.

One of the problems the insurers run into is infrequent, amateur fire starters operating the systems for short periods infrequently and not having them maintained. There were many people in her area that use wood for their main heat (LP back-up) and recognize how to run it and never let he chimney cool off (they all seen to use masonry chimneys and not "tin" ones) - that is why there were so many people, but the national statistics did not recognize the familiarity of the person with the system.

My mother was 70 at the time and always spent the winters in northern Wisconsin at her lake home and split her wood. Her 72 year old husband cut down the trees (birch, white oak and maple).

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Your proximity to the local fire department can also have an effect on insurance. If their response time to your location is over 15 minutes, you may have to pay a higher premium or worse they just won't insure you.

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