Furnace in Basement

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Old 11-07-04, 03:42 PM
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Furnace in Basement

I have a furnace, or what I believe is a furnace (heats house with hot water radiators and provides hot water), I need to know how close I can build my walls in the basement to it? I am using metal studs and 1/2 inch sheet rock. The problem is that if I must build to far, over 6 inches, then I will have an extremely narrow walk way. Thank you all in advance for any and all assistance you may be able to provide me.
 
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Old 11-07-04, 04:28 PM
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Hello: Can'tHitANail. Welcome to the Do It Yourself Web Site.

One of the more important aspects is not to box in any gas appliance so as to either restricted fresh air intake or block off fresh air intake air to the area where the appliance is located. Must have plenty of fresh outside air to allow for proper burner operation, fuel combustion and flu fumes to exhaust.

Any restriction, reduction or blockage to fresh air from outside will drastically and negetively effect fuel combustion. Doing so has the potiental to create a hazardous condition, which produces burner sooting, unburned gasses which produces deadly carbon monoxides and fumes to properly vent, etc.

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Old 11-07-04, 04:45 PM
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Id check code for where you are on this . Like said you need air to get to the burner. Also dont forget so you can work on the pump or pumps. Drain the boiler ,bleed it get ,to the expansion tank. The auto water fill and pop off. Clean and take care of the burner. So you do need room around the boiler for sure.

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Does it matter that the furnace is oil instead of gas?
 
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Fuel Type (Oil or Gas) Does Not Matter

Hello: Can'tHitANail

Your question:
Does it matter that the furnace is oil instead of gas

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Must have plenty of fresh outside air to allow for proper burner operation, fuel combustion and flu fumes to exhaust.

Any restriction, reduction or blockage to fresh air from outside will drastically and negetively effect fuel combustion. Doing so has the potiental to create a hazardous condition, which produces burner sooting, unburned gasses which produces deadly carbon monoxides and fumes to properly vent, etc.

Fuel type does not matter.
All materials and fuel types that burns, must have air.
 
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