I was wondering if it were legal to 'box' in (frame studs to the
ceiling and put on a door or something) to seal in my gas furnace and
air filtration system? I have a woodworking shop that shared space
with these components and I would like to isolate them as best as
possible. Is it ok to box in these heaters?? hot water tanks and
forced air high effic. furnaces?
be sure to leave enough room for replacement purposes around ALL utilities.
and allow enough free air space in-between walls and utilities.
it would be advantageous to you to purchase a dust collection system for the
For a furnace, the minimum amount of space is specified by code. I've been
told that in Ontario, it's 18 inches on all sides, but I haven't confirmed this.
It would be worthwhile verifying this before doing the work.
Call your gas company first!
There are minimum spacing requirements for walls and minimum
size of opening for combustion air supply (over and above the return
Seriously bad things can happen if you don't do this right.
[My mother was on a coroner's jury w.r.t. to someone who died due to
this sort of thing.]
Gas companies or gas company equipment inspectors should be quite good
in advising you on what you can do and what's best. It'll be free too.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
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