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Mother Earth News: Choosing A Wood Fireplace
Mother Earth News article written by Canadian wood heating expert John Gulland, covers different types of wood fireplaces, problems, solutions and buying recommendations.
Education & Training

National Fireplace Institute: Certification For Gas, Wood, Pellet, Hearth Design
National Fireplace Institute is the professional certification division of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation, a non-profit educational organization for the hearth industry. NFI certifies planners and installers in three hearth product categories based on fuel type: NFI Gas Specialist; NFI Woodburning Specialist; NFI Pellet Specialist; NFI Hearth Design Specialist.

WET BC: Wood Energy Technical Training Certification Courses
Wood Energy Technicians of British Columbia is the provincial governing body of the Wood Energy Technical Training Program in British Columbia. They offer training courses and recognition of professional competence in the field of residential woodburning. The program was developed to promote knowledge of and adherence to, the safety regulations governing residential woodburning systems among those who provide professional services to the public.
Issues & Performance

BNL: Emissions From Gas, Oil & Wood Pellet Heating Systems
Brookhaven National laboratory report Evaluation ofGas, Oil and Wood Pellet Fueled Residential Heating System Emissions Characteristics measured emissions from a wide range of heating equipment burning different fuels including several liquid fuel options, utility supplied natural gas and wood pellet resources. The major effort was placed on generating a database for the mass emission rate of fine particulates (PM 2.5) for the various fuel types studied. (PDF)

CSA B365-17 Installation Code For Solid-Fuel-Burning Appliances & Equipment
CSA B365-17 Installation code for solid-fuel-burning appliances and equipment code specifies requirements for the installation, alteration, and maintenance of solid-fuel-burning appliances and equipment installed indoors or outdoors.

Ecohome: Choosing The Best Wood Stove Or Fireplace
Ecohome describes how to make sense of fireplace and wood stove specifications and know how to choose the right one for you.

Hearth Net: Overview On Use & Care Of Chimineas
Hearth Net article from John Ansart explains how to use and care for Mexican-style chimineas (outdoor clay fireplaces) as they become much more popular.

HPBA: Best Practices For Woodburning Fireplace Installation
Hearth Patio & Barbecue Association online guide to best practices for woodburning fireplace nstallation describes how to prevent smoking, drafts and odors from fireplaces installed in new homes. (PDF)

HPBEF: Purchasable Hearth Handbooks For Building Officials
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation provides a set of two handbooks, Hearth Handbooks for Building Officials: Gas Hearth Systems, and Hearth Handbooks for Building Officials: Solid Fuel Systems. The books provide information on important installation and code issues that building officials may not be entirely acquainted with, and they provide hearth retailers with a thorough resource for hearth product code issues. The Second Edition of the Handbooks, released in 2009, have been co-branded by the International Code Council(ICC). $69 each or $119 for both

WET BC: Online Guides For Wood Heating Systems & Safety
Wood Energy Technicians of BC has online guides with procedures and specification for installation and maintenance of wood burning systems, equipment and components.
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