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TESTS SHOW INSULATION NECESSARY FOR DOMESTIC HEATING EQUIPMENT

Issue 2 and Volume 87.

TESTS SHOW INSULATION NECESSARY FOR DOMESTIC HEATING EQUIPMENT Studies Conducted by the U. S. Bureau of Standards Show the Minimum Space to be Allowed Between Stove and Wall and Floor Surfaces AN annual fire loss for the country as a whole of about $20,000,000 is reported as caused by stoves, furnaces and boilers, and their pipes; or between nine and ten per cent of the loss from all known causes. In tests recently completed at the Bureau, stoves, furnaces and their pipes were spaced at different distances from unprotected partitions, ceilings and floors, and hot fires maintained for periods ranging from one to seven hours. Protections of sheet metal, asbestos or brick were then applied and the least resistance determined that would be safe from the standpoint of hazardous temperatures that might causeignition of the wood. It was found that stoves for house heating should be spaced not less than…

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