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Old 02-20-2018, 09:02 PM   #1
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I'm really curious to find out if there's somewhere in the code book that states to keep wiring away from a chimney of a fire place. Today I ran romex through a few studs in front of a chimney of a fire place. It doesn't seem right for so many reasons. The wire must be 10" away from the stone wall of the chimney. Can somebody either prove me wrong to make me feel a little better or tell me where in the code book it says so, so I can change this up asap. I'm not the type of electrician who's ok with the quote "looks good from my house".
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Old 02-21-2018, 08:22 AM   #2
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That close it is going to melt and burn the house down.










Nah, you're absolutely fine.
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if the wooden framing has survived since the place was constructed your wiring should survive.
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It's a new construction home.
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It's a new construction home.
Air is not a good conductor of heat.

Is it a masonry or metal chimney?

If it's metal triple wall doesn't really throw that much heat either.
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Its masonry.
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What's the ambient? De-rate as necessary.
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It's fine.

Doing old work, the chimney chase is the most popular express to the attic.

And most houses around here are OLD.
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Its masonry.
The masonry takes care of thermal protection. If you're in framing outside of the masonry you are fine. You can hold your hand on any part of the outside of the brick chimney, even where it passes through the framing, as long as they built the chimney correctly, and you won't feel excess heat.
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Its masonry.
The masonry takes care of thermal protection. If you're in framing outside of the masonry you are fine. You can hold your hand on any part of the outside of the brick chimney, even where it passes through the framing, as long as they built the chimney correctly, and you won't feel excess heat.
Thanks for that explanation Mike. So would that mean if it was a modern duct style chimney you couldn't pass in front of it.
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Thanks for that explanation Mike. So would that mean if it was a modern duct style chimney you couldn't pass in front of it.
If by "modern duct style" you mean the triple wall metal flue in a framed chase, you should be fine anywhere outside of the flue, including in the framing which contains that flue. Best practice is to check with the data sheets from the fireplace.

And if you ever need to run into the masonry, such as for a heatilator fan, the specs for the fan are likely to spec high temp wire which is readily available on the open market.
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