March 2000

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Meeting Called to Re-Energize Solid Fuel Heating Standards

TWO STANDARDS FOR WOOD for wood-burning heaters, ASTM E 1509, Standard Specification for Room Heaters, Pellet Fuel-Burning Type, and ASTM E 1602, Standard Guide for Construction of Solid Fuel Burning Masonry Heaters, will be reviewed at a meeting of ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings, April 11-12 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“These standards are approaching the end of the five-year cycle and thus are due to be revised, reapproved or withdrawn,” says Rick Curkeet, chief engineer, Intertek Testing Services, Middleton, Wis., and chairman of Subcommittee E06.54 on Performance of Solid Fuel Burning Appliances. “Solid fuel heater manufacturers, builders of masonry fireplaces and heaters, and building officials who inspect these products, such as members of ICBO and BOCA, are needed to re-energize these standards.”

Members and non-members are highly encouraged to participate in the review and revision of these standards. Simultaneous task group meetings on both standards will be held April 11, and the subcommittee will hold a half-day meeting on April 12.

“A suggested revision to the pellet stove safety standard resulted from an incident where a pellet appliance user is reported to have lost a finger by getting it caught in a pellet feed auger,” says Curkeet regarding E 1509. “The revision suggested is to require either an electrical interlock between the auger motor and hopper lid, or a guard or screen over the auger which would prevent access to the moving parts.”

Projected revisions to E 1602 include updates in figures and terminology. “Further revisions and a re-balloting will be needed to get this document back on track. I suspect that after five years of experience with these products in the field there may be several other suggestions for improving these standards.”

For technical information, contact Rick Curkeet, Intertek Testing Services, Warnock Hersey, 8431 Murphy Dr., Middleton, WI 53562 (608/836-4400; e-mail:

For additional meeting details, contact Committee E06 Staff Manager Steve Mawn, ASTM (610/832-9726). General ASTM information is available on the Web site. //