|Workshop Will Present Masonry Heater and Fireplace Research
ASTM Subcommittee E06.54 on Solid Fuel Burning Appliances is sponsoring
the workshop, Masonry Heater and Masonry Fireplace Research and
Development of ASTM Standard Practice/Test Protocol and Safety,
to be held Sun., Oct. 21, in Dallas, Texas, during the technical
meetings of Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings.
The purpose of the workshop is to compile and analyze all available
technical and/or regulatory data for firing protocols that will
determine construction practices for safe clearance to combustibles.
Firing protocol data from manufacturers, and current tests from
Europe and other countries will be available.
This information will help to identify potential areas for future
research and testing. It will establish:
An appropriate solid-fuel firing protocol for masonry heaters
and fireplaces; and
Construction and safe clearances for masonry heaters and masonry
It is hoped that the workshop will provide the information necessary
to develop and revise ASTM E 1602, Standard Guide for Construction of Solid Fuel Burning Masonry
Heaters (last updated in 1994) to reflect the requirements of
a standard practice establishing construction and safe clearances
for masonry heaters and masonry fireplaces, develop a firing protocol
for test methodology, and develop a table using masonry construction
materials and thickness based on firing protocol to calculate
safe clearance to combustibles.
This workshop is intended for but not limited to masonry builders,
masonry heater association members, manufacturers of masonry heaters
and fireplaces, safety testing laboratories, various national,
state and/or local building inspectors, fire safety officials
and regulatory agencies concerned with environmental issues.
To submit research or attend, respond by Aug. 15 to the workshop
chairman, Rod Zander, New England Hearth and Soapstone, LLC, Goshen, Conn. (phone:
860/491-3091). For more information about Committee E06, contact
staff manager Steve Mawn, ASTM (phone: 610/832-9726). //
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