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weldred
Tips/code for electrical outlet in fireplace ?
weldred

Hi,

I'm in the process of demolishing parts of an existing fireplace to install an insert. The insert requires a 120v outlet.

Where is the outlet typically put ? Is it recessed in the brick or is a box just left in the back of the fireplace ?

I will be hiring an electrician to install this, but we're doing the demo right now and I was debating taking out some additional bricks to get the power line run in.

Thanks for any pointers !

Ward

MLB Construction
Re: Tips/code for electrical outlet in fireplace ?
MLB Construction

whether the outlet is recessed into the brick or sits on it will depend on how much room you have behind the new FP insert. it's up to your electrician to make sure it's up to code.

weldred
Re: Tips/code for electrical outlet in fireplace ?
weldred

Hi MLB,

Thanks for the reply ! We'll have 9 inches behind the insert so it sounds like it doesn't matter.

I went scouring the web for a picture of an outlet in a fireplace and couldn't find one.

We removed enough brick so that we should be able to get to the wall to get over to an outlet. It seems like some people recommend putting a switch in the wall to kill power in emergencies.

Ward

MLB Construction
Re: Tips/code for electrical outlet in fireplace ?
MLB Construction

most electricians would just drill a hole from below or from the side right into the fireplace and run some conduit and put in a metal box. that way no bricks have to be removed and if it ever gets removed it's easy to patch up.

weldred
Re: Tips/code for electrical outlet in fireplace ?
weldred

Hi MLB,

Thanks again ! I now have a good feeling on how to approach this. The electrician is coming in the morning.

BTW - I had to do the demo to replace black pipe that rotted out due to moisture :( Either way I had a mason coming in to do repairs.

Ward

Yvette
Re: Tips/code for electrical outlet in fireplace ?
Yvette

Hi

As a Chimney Expert you cannot just randomly install an electrical outlet inside a firebox of a working fireplace.

If you are intending to ONLY install an electric insert then go aheadĀ  BUT if you are intending to install a fireplace insert for any other fuel you must watch the Electrical Codes and how or IF they will allow this.

You may utilize a jacketed electrical line and metal box BUT how are you going to protect any plastic or rubber parts from the accumulated heat behind an insert.

The Code states that you cannot go beyond a specific heat rating and we all know how hot the body of a fuel burning insert can get.

Here are some examples of what we have disallowed and found.

So the outlet is run, how about the power cord to the appliance blower, it is NOT generally protected so there is your conundrum.

JUST DONT DO IT

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