We would like put a heater on our pool and the best place for it is next to the pump/filter which is underneath a one story deck. The pool company believes it's fine as the heater requires a 3 foot clearance and there will be 5 or 6 feet above it. The plumber putting in the gas line was concerned about heat rising and it's impact on the decking and potential fumes. I've yet to hear back from the deck folks, but the product is called Veka-Dek and is supposed to be very heat resistant. I measured a similar unit my neighbor has running and the heat was down to about 100f 2 feet above the unit.
The pool company is proposing to install a Raypak/Rheem P-R266A, and doing some research on it I found that there is a power vent available specifically for the unit and what sounds like specifically for this purpose.
http://www.raypak.com/product.aspx?id=1 ... ef7e26a410
Does anyone have any experience with this type of thing. Do I need it? If so is it something I can install myself after the heater is in?