where to put plug for insert

ryan319 Posted By ryan319, Jun 17, 2013 at 9:23 AM

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    i'm starting a renovation project in our "pellet room." we have a st. croix insert. the plug for the insert current runs out from the back of the stove, along the floor and to an outlet in the wall. i am redoing the walls and the floor in this room and want to hide the wiring. my question is, where is your pellet stove plugged in? since i'm going to have the walls and floor open i want to move my outlet so the plug is hidden. can i add an outlet inside the back of the firebox?
     
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    If you are going to have an inspector look at your install, you probably won't pass with the receptacle in the fire box.
    I will also say the I have installed many inserts, gas, pellet & wood-burning, with a metal junction box, tap-conned to the floor & with a BX (armored) electrical feed, run through the ash clean out, without any problems to date. Your call.
     
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    the room is an addition on a contrete slap so there's no ash clean out. any other ideas?
     
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    I had an electrician put an electrical outlet in my fireplace so the plug is hidden.
     
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    You will have to bore a hole thru the side of the firebox from inside the room, from either the BACKSIDE or INSIDE of the wall. It's difficult, because you will be drilling at an angle, but once you get the drill started into the masonry, you can then slowly pivot the drill to attain the angle you need. You will have to tap into an existing outlet with BX & still tap con the junction box to the floor. HTH...
     
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    That's very helpful, thank you. Would it be wise to put the outlet on a switch so I can quickly shut it off since it might be tough to quickly slide the stove out to unplug it.
     
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    Sure. As long as you & whoever else is going to operate the unit knows where the switch is & what it's for. I suppose you could always put a red cover plate on it, like the ones for whole-house heating systems, but it might clash with your color scheme...
     
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