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Receptacle Plug Outlet clearances

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by B S, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. B S

    B S New Member

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    Hello to all and thanks for having me here.

    My question concerns location of a receptacle (110volt outlet) in relation to my englander 12fp WOODstove. I have it in a corner installation and minimum clearnace to combustibles is 5 inches at the corners. http://www.englanderstoves.com/manuals/12-FP.pdf I have mine at 9 inches at the corners. My concern is the electrical outlet directly at that corner on the adjacent wall. Is this outlet going to have problems? It is a 15 amp plastic receptacle in metal box with a plastic cover. This 12fp unit has an optional blower that I may or may not use depending on how it heats the house and I would need an outlet in the end to plug it into. Does anyone have a receptacle located to the side/behind or near their woodstove and what are clearances and how does it hold up.

    Thanks so much for this forum I learn something new every time I am on.

    PS camera is down right now I hope to get a new one soon and show pics

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  2. EatenByLimestone

    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

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    I have one behind the Century. It's beyond the specified clearance to combustibles for the stove so I never worried about it. I don't think you can go wrong treating everything as a combustible.
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    Thanks for reply, just trying to be cautious. If it gets questionable my next step is to build a small heat shield under it to deflect the heat around it. Does anyone know if they make a heat resistant outlet?
  4. Slow1

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    Given you have the extra 4 inches of clearance there I would think you should be fine. However, I would be very careful when/if you ever use it that the cords don't end up laying in the 'hot zone' around the stove. A hot electrical cord would become an additional hazard I would think.
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  5. B S

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    Great point, I think to combat that I would get one of those flat type plugs on a cord that would fit behind a piece of furniture, rated of course for load which I believe is only one amp I think.

    Thanks for reply.
  6. Backwoods Savage

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    Welcome to the forum B S.

    I doubt you have any worries but it still pays to be careful.
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    For those that replied, here is the update, all is well in the house. Fired up with the infrared gun seeing 425 to 475 top of the englander 12-fp outlet cover at that time was 92. I think that is more than acceptable. It was probably 40-45 outside.

    THanks for all your help, now I am off to post some pics of the install.
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    Final install is my avitar, wondering where I should put installation photos.
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    Put'em in a hearth room thread.

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