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You may need to replace some gaskets as often as once a year; others may be fine after several years of use. Check all gaskets at least once a year during a thorough maintenance inspection and occasionally during the heating season. Check and Replace Catalytic Combustors If you have a catalytic stove, you can test the catalytic element’s function by watching the smoke as it exits the chimney top. With a well-established fire burning, open the bypass damper and observe the top of the chimney – you will likely see some smoke.

If you are installing the system yourself, get advice from a trained professional so that you don’t misinterpret or overlook any key safety issues. • Read the manufacturer’s installation instructions carefully. 32 Checklist Make sure that the manufacturer’s instructions are being followed exactly. If the installer deviates from the instructions, ask why. Any variation from the installation guidelines should be reviewed by a third party such as a building inspector. After the Installation Is Completed • Check the installation to be sure that it meets code requirements.

As a result, less creosote forms in the chimney, reducing the risk of chimney fire significantly. Specific types of factory-built metal chimneys can be used with wood-burning appliances. Wood stoves, wood-burning central heating furnaces and some factory-built fireplaces must use the 650°C metal chimney, approved to Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada (ULC) standard S629. The 650°C refers to the continuous gas temperature for which it is designed; it is higher than for chimneys intended for other fuels.

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