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Submitted by DonHester on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 08:34.
Baby it’s cold outside, put another log on the fire… in the garage!
As home inspectors we often have to not only know a lot little things, then there is also the looking at the big picture.
On Douglas County home inspection a little while back I noticed what a not so uncommon installation. A wood stove installed in the garage.
The general rule is that solid fuel–burning appliances should not be installed in any location where gasoline, flammable vapors or gases are present or in garages. Many insurance companies do not allow wood burning appliances installations in garages.
Here is the National Fire Code (NFPA 211) section 12.2 Location of Appliances.
12.2.3 Solid fuel-burning appliances shall not be installed in any location where gasoline or any other flammable vapors or gases are present.
12.2.4 Solid fuel-burning appliances shall not be installed in any garage.
Now some jurisdiction may allow it if the appliance is installed to manufacturer's specification, if the wood stove is 18 inches off the ground and is protected from vehicle damage. But you may just want to think about this strategy, there are some other great options for keeping your tootsies warm out there.
In the State of Washington you should know that any wood burning device sold, offered for sale, or given away to Washington State residents must meet Washington’s standards. All wood burning devices must meet both EPA’s standards and Washington’s stricter standards.
Link for WA ST DOE- Wood Stoves, Fireplaces, Pellet Stoves and Masonry Heaters
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