International Training Conference & Expo


Uncommon Knowledge Regarding Fireplace and Chimney Related Fires

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 (8:00am – 12:00pm) (Ballroom 6)


This presentation will assist you in a greater understanding of the listing process and intended performance of hearth products. I will discuss UL testing standards, limits of these standards, areas of concern, known points of failure and untested applications. This knowledge will assist in establish a foundation to your fire investigations and identify uncommon causes.


I will also address the issues we face with confined space installation, capture of heat, and fire behavior within these confined spaces including ventilation and its effect on the surrounding materials.


There will be case reviews as well as discussion on the increased gas appliance fires, direct vent concerns, open fireplaces in exterior locations, modular fireplace construction and modifications, as well as BTU rating and heat release rate concerns in these hearth products.


Don’t miss this opportunity to spend time with of one of the top subject matter experts in the hearth industry. Bring your questions and be prepared to participate in this presentation.


Dale Feb

Mr. Feb is nationally recognized as one of the top Subject Matter Expert on hearth products. He also provides fireplace, chimney and venting investigations for residential and commercial appliances. His in-depth experience includes hands-on experience within the Hearth and HVAC industry for over 40 years. He currently serves as the Chairman of the NFPA 211 Committee, Past President of the CCAI (Chapter 22 IAAI), is an ICC  Certified Building Inspector, and Provides Consulting Services, Fire Investigation, Criminal Investigation, Litigation Support, New Construction Assessment & Analysis, Educational Training, Product Development, Professional Inspection, Design Assistance, Disaster Assessment, and much more across the nation. Mr. Feb is the Senior Investigator for F.I.R.E. Associates (the Investigation division), and the Founder of F.I.R.E. Service (the Education division) of DWF Inc. He is a true leader within his industry and is prepared to share his knowledge with the students.