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Old 01-07-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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Clearance between wood furnace and propane furnace


I have a new (last year) 95% efficient propane furnace. I would like to add a wood burning furnace in the basement. How close can the two furnaces be to each other?

I have an existing masonry chimney that I would like to remove and replace with a new masonry chimney (current one has no liner and is leaning at an angle outside). In the basement, it is located right next to my propane furnace. So I know the propane furnace will have to move, but how far away does it have to be? Or does it have to be in a separate room? My basement is pretty much just one big room.

I have seen people mount oil furnaces right next to a wood furnace. But oil is a liquid and doesn't release volatile fumes (or very little). I am worried that if there was a propane leak, it would be ignited by the wood furnace and blow the house up.

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I have a new (last year) 95% efficient propane furnace. I would like to add a wood burning furnace in the basement. How close can the two furnaces be to each other?

I have an existing masonry chimney that I would like to remove and replace with a new masonry chimney (current one has no liner and is leaning at an angle outside). In the basement, it is located right next to my propane furnace. So I know the propane furnace will have to move, but how far away does it have to be? Or does it have to be in a separate room? My basement is pretty much just one big room.

I have seen people mount oil furnaces right next to a wood furnace. But oil is a liquid and doesn't release volatile fumes (or very little). I am worried that if there was a propane leak, it would be ignited by the wood furnace and blow the house up.
Ayuh,... A gas leak from yer furnace will blow the house Sky High, regardless of the wood stove....

Years ago, We had a wood furnace right next to a gas furnace, just so's we could combine the plenums, 'n use the gas furnace's blower to push the wood heat through out the house...

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I have a new (last year) 95% efficient propane furnace. I would like to add a wood burning furnace in the basement. How close can the two furnaces be to each other?

I have an existing masonry chimney that I would like to remove and replace with a new masonry chimney (current one has no liner and is leaning at an angle outside). In the basement, it is located right next to my propane furnace. So I know the propane furnace will have to move, but how far away does it have to be? Or does it have to be in a separate room? My basement is pretty much just one big room.

I have seen people mount oil furnaces right next to a wood furnace. But oil is a liquid and doesn't release volatile fumes (or very little). I am worried that if there was a propane leak, it would be ignited by the wood furnace and blow the house up.
The installation instructions for the wood stove will have recommended clearances, Personally I like to follow the manufactures recomodations.......
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I wouldn't want them in the same house
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