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Clutchcargo 12-01-2007 05:19 PM

Running electricity to fireplace.
 
I'm adding an outlet in the back of my fireplace for a fireplace insert. The easiest access for power is if I drill a hole in the brick in the basement and run the wire up through the ash door which is on the floor in the back of the fireplace.
I was planning on using a junction box over the hole that I drilled so that it looks like a cleaner installation. The wire will only pass through the j-box. It will look like a dead end but the wire will come out the back side of the j-box. EMT will be used between this junction box and the feed junction box with NM or bx running in the conduit. Would I need a fitting on the backside of the j-box?
Does this sound like a good plan?

The easier idea is to just run bx off the closest j-box and run through a hole in the chimeny and up and through the ash door. If I opt for this route, do I need to protect the wire at entry point (drilled hole) of the chimney?

TIA
Cliff

Andy in ATL 12-01-2007 06:12 PM

No need to protect a cable assembly coming through brick, in my opinion. You will definitely need a connector for your EMT coming out of the back of the JB. I am assuming ( can't see the fireplace set up ) that common sense in being applied here and none of the wiring is "in the line of fire:whistling2: " where it may get hot.

Andy

chris75 12-01-2007 06:22 PM

The last insert I did had a j-box already installed so all you had to do was supply power, I personally would use a piece of MC type cable if running it up the cleanout...

Clutchcargo 12-01-2007 06:31 PM

Thanks Andy,
If I need a connector in the back of the J-box that makes the hole I need about 1 1/4".
After some more thought, especially since I don't need to protect the cable as it goes through the brick, I'm going to just run bx through the hole and forget about the j-box on the brick. That will speed installation from an hour or two to about 5 minutes.
It's a gas fireplace and the electronics and fan are on the bottom with a plug to power it up coming out through the side. It shouldn't get that hot or it would self destruct.

chris75 12-01-2007 07:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Clutchcargo (Post 77789)
Thanks Andy,
If I need a connector in the back of the J-box that makes the hole I need about 1 1/4".
After some more thought, especially since I don't need to protect the cable as it goes through the brick, I'm going to just run bx through the hole and forget about the j-box on the brick. That will speed installation from an hour or two to about 5 minutes.
It's a gas fireplace and the electronics and fan are on the bottom with a plug to power it up coming out through the side. It shouldn't get that hot or it would self destruct.


I would just remove the factory cord from the j-box, and hardwire the unit... save you even more time... :thumbup:

Andy in ATL 12-01-2007 08:19 PM

That might well violate the listing.

chris75 12-01-2007 09:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Andy in ATL (Post 77798)
That might well violate the listing.

Possible so, BUT...

Ever see the cord they ship with those units? its a flat cord tied into a handy box with 2" of free wire inside... :laughing:


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