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Wolf Steel Technical Bulletin – TB-62

November 2014

Safety Barriers on Gas Fireplaces

By now, most folks are tired of hearing about this latest requirement scheduled to take effect at the end of this year. In case you missed the multiple articles, all vented gas fireplaces with glass fronts that exceed temperatures of 78° Celsius (172° Fahrenheit) must be equipped with a safety barrier. The safety barrier must prevent direct contact with the glass and must not exceed that same temperature limit.

Related requirements in the test standard for vented gas fireplaces stipulate the barrier cannot collapse or otherwise permit contact with the glass across any part of its surface. It must remain in its intended position. The reason for these requirements is to protect the innocent people in our lives from inadvertently being harmed by the high temperatures of the glass.



Continental Hearth Alert – Safety Barrier Notification

May 26, 2014

The purpose of this communication is to make all of our customers aware of some very important hearth industry changes and the impact to all of us: manufacturers, distributors, and dealer/retailers.

Effective January 1, 2015 based on changes going into effect in the National Standards ANSI Z21.50/CSA C22.2 Vented Gas Fireplaces and ANSI Z21.88/CSA C2.33 Vented Gas Fireplace Heaters, United States and Canadian hearth manufacturers can no longer manufacture glass front gas fireplaces without a third party test laboratory approved safety barrier included with the fireplace.



Napoleon GD3200 & GD3200B PROPANE ONLY Gas Fireplace Safety Alert

April 29, 2014

A Safety Alert has been issued concerning Napoleon GD3200 and GD3200B Bay models, PROPANE ONLY Gas Fireplaces.

A Safety Alert has been issued concerning Napoleon GD3200 and GD3200B Bay models, PROPANE ONLY Gas Fireplaces. Napoleon asks that you review your sales records and contact all Customers who purchased one of these model fireplaces from you. These fireplaces were manufactured from August 1992 to May of 2001. Please be aware the Safety Alert has been published publically and you may be contacted by these fireplace owners directly.


Be wary where you store your tools…

July 2013

Mechanical Business

A plumber’s car was inadvertently torn to shreds in an explosion in Vancouver, according to a CBC report a short while back. Fire and Rescue Services Capt. Gabe Roder explained that the explosion occurred when the car's owner, a plumber, used his key fob to unlock the vehicle, where he had stored a torch with an acetylene tank. To view a video and read the full CBC report on the incident, click here. Our guess is that the plumber must have missed our Jan/Feb 2012 issue, where Mechanical Business columnist Jeff Patchell reported on similar incidents taking place on the other side of the globe. Perhaps a quick read would have saved his vehicle.



Gas Appliances and Flooding Safety Tips

June 2013

Alberta Government Municipal Affairs

With snow melt run-off or with heavy rainfall in the spring, creeks and rivers in Alberta can overflow their banks and flood surrounding communities. These safety tips can help to protect natural gas and propane appliances and to reactivate appliances that have been exposed to a flood.



STANDATA PLBG/Gas Safety Information Bulletin

May 2011

Subject: Dual Purpose Water (Potable) Heater (Combo Unit)

Safety Services and the Plumbing and Gas Technical Council, in order to inform the plumbing and gas industry of the requirements associated with the sale and installation of Dual Purpose Water Heaters, have jointly developed this bulletin.



Safety Authority Directive No D-G5 070628 5 Revision: 02 – Plastic Venting

May 20, 2011

Due to the adoption of the 2007 CSA B149.1 Code Supplements, and the revision of the ULC S636 Standard for Type BH Venting Systems in July, 2008, further clarity in regards to gas appliances approved with Special Venting Systems using plastic materials is being provided.


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