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WETT – Wood Energy Technology Transfer

The Truth About Your WETT Inspection and WETT Certification!

Most home insurance companies now require that all their fireplaces or wood stoves be”WETT certified“. The problem is that there is no such thing as a WETT certification, only registered testing agencies (such as Underwriters Laboratory Canada, Underwriters Laboratory ( US version)  or Warnock Hersey) can “certify” units mandated by the codes in CSA B365 through specific unit testing. However, this does not mean that WETT Certified inspections are not important.

WETT is actually a training organization that teaches inspectors how to check for code compliance and safety with wood burning appliances. They often are involved when you buy or have a wood burning appliance like a fireplace or wood burning stove installed. They also may help with maintenance and the prevention of problems. When someone is WETT certified, it means that they are certified to perform safety checks and maintenance on a wood burning appliance. The term doesn’t apply to your wood burning stove or fireplace, but rather, to the person who is inspecting these appliances.

WETT inspections typically include examinations of:

  • The chimney
  • The liner and flue
  • The smoke chamber
  • The damper
  • The firebox
  • The hearth or floor around the wood burning appliance
  • Whether combustible surfaces are far enough away from the appliance and its parts

For Insurance Inspections a Site Basic Inspection will be enough to tell the inspector if the installation of your wood burning appliance is safe. In extreme cases, such as after a “Chimney Fire”  you may need a Higher Level of inspection to make sure that even the parts you can’t see are working properly. A WETT certified member can handle basic visual inspections, but it takes a WETT certified technician to actually conduct the more intensive inspections. Technicians can also can remove parts and open up areas to inspect and perform maintenance on wood burning appliances or fix major problems that have arisen.

WETT offers WETT inspections. Having a WETT Certified Inspection will help keep your home safe. You should have your Wood Burning Appliance inspected at least once a year or more depending on how much you use your wood burning appliance. The only way to keep your home completely safe from fire is to prevent it before it happens.


Call Roger Frost  at  705-795-8255 to Book Your WETT Inspection Today!

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Here are some pictures from actual WETT Inspection performed in the Barrie and Simcoe County Area:

Chimney Flue Liner Cracked

This clay flue liner will require repair prior to using chimney.

Wood Stove Certification Label

This is a Typical Label verifying unit has passed Listing Agencies Test.

Chimney Has Home Made Cover

A type chimney has home made cover. This type of chimney does not comply.

Improper Flue Tile Installation

Improper Flue Tile Installation – Repair Required

WETT Certified Inspections in Barrie Alliston Orilla

WETT inspection identified improper chimney installation

A Type Chimney - Does not Comply for Wood Stove or Fireplace

A Type Chimney – Does not Comply for Wood Stove or Fireplace

Low Chimney - Orillia WETT Inspections

Chimney is required to be 3 feet above peak or meet the 2 feet above 10 feet away rule.

Wett Inspections and Insurance

Wett Inspections and Insurance company – Most companies want a WETT Certified Inspection

WETT inspections and Insurance companies go hand in hand.  Most insurance companies today require that you obtain an inspection of your wood burning appliance by a WETT  (Wood Energy Technology Transfer) Certified Inspector.  WETT is the governing body who work with insurance underwriters and government bodies, to ensure safe installations and provide standards for inspections and insurability of wood burning appliances, such as wood stoves and open fireplaces.

There was a tendency during the development of the first round of EPA wood stove emissions regulations in the 1980s to rely exclusively on science and technology to reduce emissions from wood heaters. This made perfect sense at the time because most wood stoves were crude boxes with virtually no emission control technologies. Unfortunately, a repeat of this approach appears to be reflected in much of the recent commentary surrounding the EPA New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) review process. Unfortunate because this repeat of the reliance entirely on technology can result in appliances that burn cleanly under laboratory conditions through increased technological complexity but which do not meet user needs. This could produce disappointing emission reduction results in actual use.

Sawdust or other waste biomass material is compressed into small cylinders about 8 mm in diameter and from 10 to 30 mm long to produce pellets. The raw feedstock for pellet production does not include binders or other additives, except in some cases to assist in the extrusion process. In the pellet stove, the fuel is moved from the integral hopper to the small combustion chamber by a motorized auger. The exhaust is forced into the vent with a fan. Because steady state combustion can be approximated by adjusting the fuel and air mixture, pellet stoves can burn with lower emissions, on average, than wood stoves. In contrast, the combustion of a batch of wood in a wood stove never stabilizes, so combustion air requirements are constantly fluctuating and good combustion conditions are transitory. Pellet stoves deliver about the same efficiency as EPA certified natural firewood-burning stoves.

Creosote, a crusty deposit left behind by the smoke that drifts up your chimney, can ignite into a dangerous fire when it builds up. To reduce the build up of creosote burn only clean, well seasoned wood that has been split and dried properly. Dry wood lights faster, burns better and produces less smoke than “green” wood – a major culprit in creosote buildup. You should think twice before you chop up that old furniture and toss it into your wood stove.

Burning garbage, plastic, particleboard, plywood, salted driftwood or any other painted or treated wood releases a toxic cloud of chemicals and can build up creosote. A standard home inspection includes a visual assessment of the components of the fireplace, hearth and chimney. However, depending on your area and the property insurance you choose, a WETT inspection may be required.

Wood, however, differs from fossil fuels such as oil and gas because it is carbon neutral. The term “renewable” refers to the fact that trees recycle CO2. As a tree grows, it uses CO2 from the air as a source of carbon to build its structure. This carbon makes up about half of the weight of wood. When wood is burned, it decomposes rapidly, and CO2 is released into the atmosphere again. A similar amount of CO2 would be slowly released if the tree died and was left to rot on the forest floor. As a result, wood heating doesn##Q##t contribute to the problem of climate change the way fossil fuel use does. But wood fuel is truly renewable only if it is produced by using sustainable forestry practices.

The Barrie Home Inspector is a WETT Certified Professional Home Inspector for the Barrie, Alliston and Orillia area of Simcoe County. The experience and knowledge from over 4,000 inspections allows us to guarantee the best possible WETT and Home Inspection. The Barrie Home Inspector is also a Certified Building Code Official with the Ontario Building Officials Association.

Orillia WETT Inspections

Orillia Wett Inspections for all your wood burning insurance requirements.

Call the Orillia Home Inspector to book your WET Inspection. 705-795-8255

inspect your wood burning appliance by certified inspectorThe Scope of a Level 2 WETT Inspection is termed as “Accessible” , which includes the following: 1) A Level 1 inspection, and
(2) an inspection of all “accessible” components of the system for clearance to combustibles and for obstructions or deposits, and
(3) an evaluation of the construction, sizing, condition and suitability of “accessible” components of the system.

The purpose of a the Level 2 inspection is to : 1) When a Level 1 inspection is deemed insufficient because of a detected or suspected compliance issue or hazard, or
(2) when verification of the suitability and integrity of the system components is required, or
(3) after an operating malfunction or external event that may have caused damage to the system, or
(4) if the system experiences combustion spillage events, or
(5) when an appliance is replaced, or
(6) when a major system component is replaced or requires significant repair.

The Process of performing a Level 1 WETT inspection includes:
(1) A basic visual inspection by a WETT certified SITE inspector; performed without a ladder or specialized tools.
(2) A report using WETT##Q##s recommended inspection checklist(s) or similar checklist(s), for the type of system being inspected.

The chimney is usually the most difficult part of the system to inspect properly. Chimneys which run up through the house are often inaccessible at critical points, such as ceiling and attic penetrations. In some cases, even though you can see sections of the chimney, they cannot be reached with a tape measure to confirm their clearance to combustible building materials. Flue liners are subject to cracking inside masonry chimneys, or buckling and corrosion in the case of metal chimneys. It is difficult to inspect a chimney” title=”View all articles about wett here”>” title=”View all articles about liner here”>liner unless it has just been cleaned.

A certified technician or chimney sweep will prepare a detailed, written report and have the homeowner sign it. He or she will make sure the homeowner understands the report, especially those areas where problems are found.

Many insurance companies in Canada are requiring Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) inspections, an inspection of wood burning appliances, before issuing insurance. A WETT-inspector will visually inspect the safety of any wood-burning appliances. Call the Barrie Home inspector for all your wood burning inspection requirements.

The Orillia Home Inspector is WETT Certified and has been providing WETT inspection services since 2005. Let the Orillia Home inspectors expertise and training protect your home and investment. Whether purchasing a new home with a fireplace or wood stove or installing a new wood burning appliance call the Orillia Home Inspector.

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