Hardwiring Wall Heater

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Old 09-03-15, 06:05 PM
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Hardwiring Wall Heater

I'm mounting a small ventless propane wall heater and there is a plug right where I want the heater. The heater has a fan, so I need to plug it in. I was originally going to relocate the plug to beneath the heater, but now I'm wondering if I should just hard wire the heater. There is plenty of room inside to mount a metal junction box. Just want to be sure this is legit. There would no longer be a plug on that wall though. I suppose I could hard wire the heater and add another plug. FYI, the heater has a two foot cord with plug that comes out the back, so I'm assuming I can just hack off the plug and feed it back into the heater.
 
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Old 09-03-15, 06:17 PM
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If the heater has a power cord on it then it most likely is not rated for a direct connection and does not have a code approved junction box within.

Where are you installing this ?
 
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You're right. It would be a retrofit. I'm mounting it to my dining room wall. Its a very small 30,000 BTU heater, about 27" x 20".
 
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Old 09-04-15, 07:49 AM
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I think moving the junction box down or to the side is the best option. Are ventless propane allowed in living spaces in your area? Some places have banned them. At the very least make sure it has an oxygen depletion sensor.
 
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There is a separate compartment in the top of the heater where the blower fan is mounted, and there is plenty of empty space to the left and right where I could easily mounted a metal junction box. I really don't want a cord showing. I suppose I could build a small enclosure beneath the heater to conceal the receptacle and gas line.

The manual has some special restrictions regarding Massachusetts I believe, but nothing about VA. And I believe it has a built-in oxygen depletion sensor.
 
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Old 09-05-15, 08:30 AM
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I've decided to build a small enclosure below the heater to house/ hide the receptacle and gas line. Should look pretty good. I'll post a pic of the final product.
 
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Old 09-05-15, 12:13 PM
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So long as it has an easily removable cover that should be good.
 
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Old 09-05-15, 02:57 PM
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Turned out great. Gonna get some color matched paint tomorrow and paint it. Two screws and it comes right off.

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Looks good. .
 
 

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