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WETT Inspections

Updated on September 22, 2014

WETT Certified

WETT Certified Inspector are required to inspect your wood burning appliance by most insurance companies.
WETT Certified Inspector are required to inspect your wood burning appliance by most insurance companies. | Source

Prepare for your WETT Inspection

  1. Do not use your fireplace or wood burning stove prior to having an inspection.
  2. Have installation manual and any other pertinent documentation readily available.
  3. Remove ashes from appliance.
  4. Provide access into any areas where chimney or flue is located.

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WETT Requirements

Some helpful tips for home owners who require a WETT Inspection for fireplace or wood Stove. You can check these basic items yourself prior to paying for a WETT Inspection and you might save yourself some money:

1. Wood stoves are either Certified or Uncertified. To be Certified your wood stove will have a sticker or plate attached to rear of stove with a Listing Agency identification on it. This plate will give the required clearances to combustibles for that particular stove. If the stove is uncertified the minimum clearance required is 48 inches.

2. Fireplace hearths are now required to project a minimum of 16 inches in front of fireplace opening. A ULC labeled Hearth Pad can be utilized if 18 inches clearance is not met.

3. Check your Fireplace Damper to ensure it opens and closes and operates freely.

4. Visually inspect all seals and gaskets for wear of missing material.

5. Inspect your chimney and cap, looking for cracked flue tile or damage to structure.

6. Call your local WETT Certified inspector for any information you may require.

WETT Inspection Defect Photos

Flue Tile are too high Chimney cap is cracked Shell of chimney is damaged
Flue Tile are too high Chimney cap is cracked Shell of chimney is damaged | Source
Combustible cardboard box has been left on top of fireplace by workmen.
Combustible cardboard box has been left on top of fireplace by workmen. | Source
Metal chimney is required to be a minimum of 3 feet high and extend 2 feet above any structure within 10 feet.
Metal chimney is required to be a minimum of 3 feet high and extend 2 feet above any structure within 10 feet. | Source
Damaged flue tile on masonry chimney will require replacement.
Damaged flue tile on masonry chimney will require replacement. | Source

Code of Ethics

WETT trained professionals must abide by a code of ethics requiring professionalism in all aspects of their work. The installation and maintenance of wood burning appliances is not regulated in Canada. As a non-profit training and educational association, WETT does not oversee, nor is it responsible for, the workmanship of its members. As such, WETT does not act as a regulator. WETT does maintain internal processes to address breaches of our code of ethics, however WETT cannot become involved in resolving consumer disputes.

Heat Recovery Ventilator Requirements

New homes with a wood burning appliance are required to have a Heat Recovery Ventilator installed or have a Pressure Test conducted to ensure negative pressure is not created.

Homes built prior to 1993 are Grandfather Protected and not required to comply.

Site Basic Inspector Requirements

A site basic inspector must obtain a minimum of three courses.

  1. Code Compliance Course
  2. Wood Burning Systems Course
  3. Site Basic Inspection Course

These courses include workshops, reference manuals, slide presentations and a written exam at the completion of each course.

The Site Basic Inspector course includes actual pictures of installations provided by building inspectors, insurance inspectors, technicians and chimney sweeps.

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