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Chimney Fires: Causes, Effects, & Evaluation. Chimney Safety Institute of America and DSJ Technical Services. 1992.

Abstract: This book provides a comprehensive explanation of the origin, behavior, and effects of chimney fires. Types of chimneys are identified and their construction is explained. Flue lining systems are discussed, including how they work and how they affect a chimney fire. The sources and causes of chimney fires are identified. The thermal characteristics of a chimney fire are explained. How to inspect a chimney fire and what evidence indicates that a chimney fire occurred is discussed. Damage from chimney fires can be examined to determine what specifically caused the fire. The article discusses these possible causes, which include: lightning, thermal expansion, material fatigue, moisture, weathering, and freeze/thawing damage. The last chapter discusses the application of insurance to chimney fire damage. The procedures for determining a valid chimney fire are outlined.

For more information contact:
Chimney Safety Institute of America
P.O. Box 309
Olney, Maryland 20830
(301) 774-2400

 
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