Return to the Fireplaces Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Long-term safety of zero clearance wood burning inserts?

Posted by radbill (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 15, 08 at 13:20

A chimney sweep I know says he will not install zero-clearance wood burning inserts in anything but a masonry fireplace, as he says that the insert will, over a period of 12 years or so, really dehydrate the adjacent studs in the surrounding wall, with a subsequent risk of spontaneous combustion of the stud when exposed to a sustained temperature of 156 degrees F (from the working insert). He says he got this information from a conference he went to.

Can anyone here verify or refute this statement? I did a web search but could not find anything which would verify his statement.

Thank you.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Long-term safety of zero clearance wood burning inserts?

First off, I wouldn't have a chimney sweep install my stove. I would have an installer that knows the unit being installed.
I had an insert installed in a Heatolator zero clearance fireplace in 1991. I have since sold the house but still talk with the new owners. They have had no problems with it. Now there may some anecdotal evidence of a fire, but if I were to have an insert installed today, all I would do is speak to the installer of my concerns.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Fireplaces Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here