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WETT - What is WETT?

Wood Energy Technology Transfer Inc. (WETT Inc.) is a non-profit training and education association managed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by holders of valid WETT certificates.

Through professional training and public education, WETT Inc. promotes the safe and effective use of wood burning systems in Canada.

It's website is here:

It is a training organization that certifies that an inspector has been trained in the proper educational and experience requirements. 

 It does not provide for any wood burning appliance/stove/fireplace, etc. to be "WETT-Certified" - only the inspector is "certified". 

Any conditions written into offers should not refer to any stove or fireplace, etc. being WETT certified. The condition should merely state that you wish to have a WETT-Certified Inspector provide a report satisfactory to you the buyer in his sole discretion, in the same way that you would word a home-inspection condition.

Here is another site that should help to clear up any misconceptions:

The most important paragraph on this site may be: 

Neither the installation nor the appliance can be WETT certified. 

They can, however, be inspected for a variety of purposes, but there is no such thing as a WETT certified appliance. An appliance can be inspected, installed and even maintained by a WETT certified professional, but it cannot be WETT certified., nor can members issue "WETT certificates." Only a certification agency such as ULC, CSA or ITS (WH) can test and list wood burning appliances and venting systems and authorize them to display the logo of the certification agency.

Typically, when people are looking for an insurance type of inspection, a visual inspection is conducted to determine if there is evidence of any problems with the installation. This includes examining clearances, chimney heights and visual signs of deterioration. If there are concerns identified, then the inspector should make a recommendation that the appliance be checked and, if necessary, repaired by a WETT certified technician or chimney sweep.