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    Post Flue pipe exposed in bedroom

    I have called out similar situations like this more than once. The gas flue pipe is routed through wall and is exposed in basement bedroom. Also the flue pipe does not have fire stops where it passes through the wall and ceiling. I typically suggest that fire stops be installed and that the flue pipe be boxed in and covered with sheetrock where it's exposed in bedroom.

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    Default Re: Flue pipe exposed in bedroom

    Trent,

    Also, the B vent doesn't have proper clearance to combustibles; see attached.

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    Default Re: Flue pipe exposed in bedroom

    Great document Darren. Thanks

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    Default Re: Flue pipe exposed in bedroom

    The only problem with boxing it in is the cleanout has to be accessable. Was that B-Vent or all fuel pipe?


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    Default Re: Flue pipe exposed in bedroom

    So you box it in and install an access door; no big problem.

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    Default Re: Flue pipe exposed in bedroom

    Does boxing it in make it safer? Is there any code restriction to having flue exposed in living area?


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    Default Re: Flue pipe exposed in bedroom

    Quote Originally Posted by Vern Heiler View Post
    Does boxing it in make it safer?
    Yes.

    Is there any code restriction to having flue exposed in living area?
    No "code" restriction, but a "common sense" restriction ... which says if you can't touch it you can't get burned by it (see above about making it "safer").

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    Default Re: Flue pipe exposed in bedroom

    Hi (all) &

    Not to mention that flue was painted & it may burn-off during operation and release toxic fumes into that sleeping room...



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    Default Re: Flue pipe exposed in bedroom

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn Duxbury View Post
    Hi (all) &

    Not to mention that flue was painted & it may burn-off during operation and release toxic fumes into that sleeping room...



    CHEERS !
    It doesn't look like any B' vent I have ever seen. Are we sure it is not PVC?


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    Default Re: Flue pipe exposed in bedroom

    Looking at the picture my question would be if that is a B vent, is the vent coming from the wall sloped? it looks like less than 45 degrees, wouldn't that be a concern ?


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