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    Default Gas Pipe behind Wood Stove

    I have a 2x5' fireplace that had gas logs. I removed the gas log fireplace. I'm going to add an inner wall plus a wall with the 1" air gap for installation of a wood stove. There is a gas pipe running down which would be behind the two walls I will be adding. Is it okay to leave the gas pipe in the wall or should I remove it?

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    Default Re: Gas Pipe behind Wood Stove

    I see that you are Mississippi, are you in an area which has building permits and inspections?

    If so, first start with the building department, permits, and inspections - you will likely find that you will need to either remove the gas line back to its supply connection or cap the end of the gas line and leave the now capped end visible and accessible.

    Is that black gas line rigid black steel pipe or flexible black CSST gas pipe? The piece on the end looks like an appliance connector and would need to be removed.

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    Default Re: Gas Pipe behind Wood Stove

    It's the rigid pipe coming down from the attic to about 1 foot above the floor and then converts to a flex line that ran through the firebox to the logs.

    I don't live in an area that requires inspections but surely want to make sure I wouldn't void home owner insurance if there was a fire.

    If the rigid line is not a risk in the wall, I would like to put an elbow on it and have to extend through the wall with a valve and could use it on a space heater if we lost power.


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    Default Re: Gas Pipe behind Wood Stove

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky Harvey View Post
    If the rigid line is not a risk in the wall, I would like to put an elbow on it and have to extend through the wall with a valve and could use it on a space heater if we lost power.
    Other than not being strapped as required, I don't see an issue with that black iron gas pipe in the wall cavity - just make sure that when you add the new wall in front of that space which will become 'concealed space' that the concealed space is fireblocked at the floor, ceiling, and walls (i.e., close up all holes in/through the floor, ceiling, and walls, then seal around any penetration through the floor, ceiling, or wall).

    Make sure to install a valve after the pipe stubs through the wall and a cap on the end of the pipe if not using it.

    Be v-e-r-y careful of the type of 'space heater' you plan on using in that room as that heater will be an 'unvented' (there is no 'vent' going up through the ceiling/attic/roof to expel combustion byproducts to the outdoors) gas heater and needs to be listed for use as such.

    Not properly installing a proper heater in a proper location could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, or death, of the occupants of that area.

    In short, don't mess with gas if you do not know what you are doing, instead, install an electric heater ... you will be much more likely to live to tell about it.

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    Default Re: Gas Pipe behind Wood Stove

    Thanks Jerry

    The gas logs that were in that spot were the non vented type and after noticing the white residue that was given off I decided I didn't want that in my lungs so I quit using them. That's just one of the factors that led to changing over to the wood stove.

    The wood stove I will be installing is one that can burn without electricity so on second thought I think I'll just go ahead and pull the pipe.


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    Default Re: Gas Pipe behind Wood Stove

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky Harvey View Post
    Thanks Jerry

    The gas logs that were in that spot were the non vented type and after noticing the white residue that was given off I decided I didn't want that in my lungs so I quit using them. That's just one of the factors that led to changing over to the wood stove. ...
    Yeah, wood burns so much cleaner than gas.

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