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Thread: Should I put my heater inside?

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    Clarksville, TN

    Should I put my heater inside?

    Looking to buy a heater soon and I am debating if it could go inside with the rest of the equipment. I assume it would need to be vented. I was thinking it may fit to the left of the filter. Any expert thoughts?
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    South Florida

    Re: Should I put my heater inside?


    Without question, heaters require clear, open, unfettered, unhampered air space all around them.
    I would suggest you haven't sufficient room to install the heater inside your shed.
    Further, it would block access to everthing else in its area.
    And you didn't mention whether the heater would be wood-fired, coal, fired, propane, natural gas, solar-powered, or 220/240 electric-powered.
    Each of those will have very specific intalllation instructions, and I personally don't know of any that are to be installed indoors. You are dealing with plastics and wood, and coated wiring, which can melt and burn, and I don't believe you can "fire-proof" your shed.
    Perhaps someone else has additional info....

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    Re: Should I put my heater inside?

    Gas fired can most definatly go inside a structure. You will need to be aware of the type you purchase to make sure it comes with a proper vent kit for it. You will also have to check on clearances needed. All units will come with a spec sheet that tells you what clearances are needed around all sides as well as around the venting system. I would also suspect you will need to move the control circuitry you have mounted on the wall in that area.
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    Re: Should I put my heater inside?

    Without knowing specicfic measurements I don't think there is enough room to get necessary clearances to meet manufacturers requirements. Most heaters will require 18" to combustible materials.
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    Re: Should I put my heater inside?

    Besides the spec sheet you should also check on any code compliance issue there might be by having it enclosed and if any code clearance requirements would be greater than the minimum the manufacturer recommends.
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    Re: Should I put my heater inside?

    In my opinion, the best thing to do would be to consult a local HVAC contractor as to what your heater options are.
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