Wood and Pellet Stoves & Fireplaces

Solid-Fuel Burning Safety

Safety Guides

The Maine State Fire Marshall’s office has published the following resources for the installation and operation for solid-fuel brining devices.



Ensure that devices are installed and maintained in compliance with the manufacture’s recommendations. All solid-fuel burning devices should be installed with appropriate clearances from combustible materials and in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) “Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances” (NFPA 211).


Chimney Fires

Immediately Call 911 to Report Chimney Fires or other Fire Safety Concerns

Chimney fires are usually started by uncontrolled stove or fireplace fires. Remember to avoid using a stove as a trash burner or allowing flames to rise into the chimney by igniting large masses of light material with the damper wide-open.



Remember to only burn dry and well-seasoned hardwood (aged 6-months or more) to avoid chimney build-up and inadequate heating from stoves.


Chimney or Fireplace Construction Installation Disclosure