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Intensity and Duration of Chimneys Fires in Several Chimneys.



Richard D. Peacock


A series of tests was conducted in five instrumented chimneys to study the intensity and duration of chimney fires due to the ignition and burning of combustible deposits accumulated on the chimney lining over a prolonged period of time. These tests were conducted (1) to establish typical conditions including temperatures in the chimneys and on combustible surfaces nearby, (2) to determine the duration of the burnout as evidenced by elevated temperatures within the chimneys, and (3) to compare these measured values with those obtained during conditions--prolonged firing of the appliances at high rates.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) -


chimney fires, chimneys, creosote, fire safety, fire tests, flues, heating equipment, stoves, wood


Peacock, R. (1983), Intensity and Duration of Chimneys Fires in Several Chimneys., NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 15, 2024)


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Created December 1, 1983, Updated February 19, 2017