Cheap Wood and Steel Wool Behind Gas Oven?

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Old 11-15-12, 07:56 PM
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Question Cheap Wood and Steel Wool Behind Gas Oven?

Unfortunately, my kitchen is in the basement of my house (it's a Trinity home in Philly, PA) which has led to a pretty serious mouse problem. You can only wake up to your wife shrieking at the site of mouse crap on the counter so many times before you've got to tackle the problem head on. We had been meticulous about cleanliness after the first 5 mice we caught in mouse traps, but even so, we kept finding traces of mice.

After finding crap on our stove almost every day, I decided to pull the oven back only to find a huge gaping hole into the nasty, dusty, drafty abyss that separates our unit from our neighbor's. There was tons of mouse poop all over the floor and, worse, in almost every nook and cranny of our oven. From what I deduced, the mice were crawling over on the gas line and feeding on the tiniest of scraps that may have splashed out of a pot during cooking (again, even though we wiped the oven down every night).

Here was my solution:
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https://dl.dropbox.com/s/ki52fqm9ph5...115_215954.jpg

My question is this: Was this the dumbest thing I've ever done? Is it okay to have such flammable materials right behind my gas oven? Or is there a better solution?

Thanks for the advice!
 
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Old 11-15-12, 08:43 PM
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I would have used galvanized steel roof flashing instead of the boards. two overlapping pieces with slots for the gas pipe and the overlap centered at the gas pipe. A 10 foot roll of 18" wide flashing should cover the whole area.
 
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Sheet metal like Ray says or you could cover the the entire hole tightly with metal lath and sheetrock over that and a heavy layer of plaster in any gaps and around pipe.
 
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