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What is a W.E.T.T. Inspection?

A Wood Energy Technology Transfer inspection or W.E.T.T. inspection, is when a certified WETT inspector comes out and conducts a thorough inspection of all wood burning appliances, such as open wood burning fireplaces and stoves.

With the potential threat posed by open burning appliances to the safety and health of those in the home, a WETT specialty inspection is now a requirement when securing insurance for your home. Not to mention the peace of mind you get when buying or selling a home.

What do you look for during an inspection?

I look and measure to determine that the appliance is installed as per the manufacturers installation instructions and to determine that the appliance is installed according to CAN/CSA-B365-01, the “Installation Code for Solid Fuel Burning Appliances and Equipment”.

For site built structures, such as masonry fireplaces and chimneys, I follow the “National Building Code” to determine code compliance.There are also certain aspects of the “National Fire Code” that must be adhered to when operating a solid fuel burning appliance.

How long does it take to perform an inspection?

An inspection is usually done in about 30 to 45 minutes.

How long have you been W.E.T.T. certified?

I have been W.E.T.T. certified since 1999 and started Code Safe Inspections in 2007. I have been a member in good standing of W.E.T.T. Inc. since 1999.

Can you W.E.T.T. certify my wood stove?

Wood stoves are certified by the testing agencies that are approved to do so. They are CSA, ULC, Warnock-Hearsey (Intertek), and Omni. Inspectors such as myself are W.E.T.T. certified. As a certified W.E.T.T. inspector, I can attest to the compliance of the wood burning appliance in question.

What happens if my installation is not code compliant?

My report will inform where the installation is deficient. I will also give suggestions on ways to achieve compliance.

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