I am seeking advice. I would like to remove the natural gas log from
the fireplace and replace it with a wood pellet stove. The problem is I
can not easily remove the black natural gas pipe because the lower
level is finished.
However, I could cap the black pipe inside the fireplace, but I am not
sure if that is a wise idea being just a couple of inches from the wood
pellet stove insert.
Your help is appreciated!
I'm sure. :)
I guess you're saying there is no access except through finished wall
of the gas line that feeds the fireplace? It would certainly be far
better if this is to be a permanent installation to cut the gas off at
the point that line branches off from the rest of the service. If it
were me, I'd bite the bullet and at a bare minimum install a valve at
that point and cap the (empty) line. Better would be to separate that
feed line and cap it and the unused branch line at that branch point so
if it were ever desired to revert it wouldn't have gotten full of
spider webs, etc., over the years.
If that is a _MAJOR_ effort/problem, unless the fire rating of the
stove insert is for close proximity to a wall I wouldn't leave a capped
line within that area at all and wouldn't like it even even if it
satisfied the proximity requirements just as a matter of principle--you
don't know what somebody else might do in the future and the
consequences of a mishap are potentially severe.
I don't know a specific code here, this is just my intuition...
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