Originally Posted by dmaceld
It sounds like you are going to be breaching the integrity of the original fireplace insert, right? If so, I would suggest you find some way to severely destroy the integrity of the original fireplace so there is no way in h*** it could ever be put back in service without a proper repair or rebuild. Otherwise, if there is any chance you, or a subsequent owner, may want to use it as a real fireplace some day, you might try to find a different route for the wire and preserve the integrity of the original fireplace.
The only way to not poke holes in the brick is to run the services on the outside of the fireplace and enter though the front. That's not visually appealing and my probably not code.
Running the wire up though the clean out door is the only way to not destroy the integrety of the firebox. The fireplace was never really functional for wood burning. We were wondering why the chimney looked so clean when we first moved in. Whoever designed it, designed it with a flue that was too small, so it fills the house with smoke before the draft gets going.
I imagine the pipefitter will follow the same route to bring gas into the firebox.
I'm pretty sure I can get an electrical box in the back of the fireplace, but it's going to be tight. Is there a shallow box that I could use. Does the wire need to be secured? How do I secure it to brick?