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Old 05-30-2016, 03:50 PM   #1
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Wire for gas fireplace


1. What kind of wire / sheathing should be used to get power to a gas fireplace?

2. There is a metal backing inside the existing fireplace and the gas fitter will put a hole through the metal to get the gas line through? Does anyone know if code permits electrical wire to be put next to the gas line through this hole or using the ash trap door the way to go to get power to the fireplace?

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Gas fireplaces typically do not use line voltage power. A fan will though. So telling what wire is impossible unless we know what the wire is for.

All the ones I have done have had small junction boxes in the compartment where the valve and other parts are. You will likely need a wall switch as well.

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The power is for the fan. Needs 1A.
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The power is for the fan. Needs 1A.
Then either a 15 or 20A circuit will work. Typically this is fed from an existing local circuit. Just match the wire size.
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I don't think I should be using regular Romex nylon wire through the ash pit as the wire can get damaged.
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Why would a gas fireplace have an ash pit?

How is a cable under the fireplace going to get damaged?
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Why would a gas fireplace have an ash pit?
It's an old fashion fireplace that is going to re-purposed to hold a gas fire.

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How is a cable under the fireplace going to get damaged?
The fireplace ash pit is made out of brick or blocks. As wire is pulled up, it may scratch against the bricks and get damaged.

Would it not be better to put some sort of sheathing around the wire like BX?
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Interesting. I've never seen or heard of an approved conversion of a wood fireplace to gas except for self-contained self-enclosed insert units. If it's not a self-contained insert unit, how would it draught (exhaust) properly without potentially killing everyone in the house? If it's an insert, then the above comments regarding fan wiring in the valve-piping compartment stand.
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The gas fire is a self-contained unit. The old fireplace is just a place to put it.

Let me re-state the question. What wire sheathing should be used when wire is exposed or pulled through places where it can get damaged?

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