Ask the local fire brigade; you may also need a
building permit to instal the stove. In other jurisdictions
e.g. Ontario there is a Wood Energy Technology Transfer
group supposed to help such problems.
Do not ask your insurance agent until you have found out
for yourself about safe installation and building codes. Some
insurance companies are so jumpy about wood stoves these
days that they may pressure you to meet code standards
for new stoves in a new house.
you are correct. they are very jumpy. i recently had an insert
installed in my old fire place. photos were required of the removal of
the old fire box. photos required of the installation. installed by a
certified masonary tradesman - his signature on a letter stating it was
installed to code and inspected by the regional fire department - and
his signature. all because i called to see if my home owners insurance
would increase due to the addition of a wood stove.
I phoned my insurance company to inquire about a modification and they
raised the rate. I never installed anything but the agent told me that by
inquiring I was proving intent. I lived in Massachusetts, codes there can be
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