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Burner code

George_22 Member Posts: 4
What is the distance from a homeowners electrical service to a oil boiler/furnance?



  • Depends

    Depends on what state you live in.  Here in Mass it is 5' from the closest part of the tank to the point of combustion.
  • George_22
    George_22 Member Posts: 4
    Burner code

    Live in Mass, I do know that we need to be 5' from the burner to a oil tank.  I am wondering on the distance from your  house service panel to the boiler/furnance.
  • Al Letellier_21
    Al Letellier_21 Member Posts: 402
    oil tank clearance

    Varies from state to state but here in Maine, the electricall code calls for a 30" box around the electrical panel for access. That 30" can be centered on the panel or from either side, which means the edge of the tank can be right up to the edge of the panel. Just attended a class by State Inspector for Home inspectors and that is how the Maine guys look at it.

    AS long as there is a 30" space for a man to stand in front of the panel without having to reach to his side, you are OK
  • Al Letellier_21
    Al Letellier_21 Member Posts: 402

    OOPS>>>>misread the thread....but we still can place a boiler/furnace close up to a panel as long as access is OK to the panel. Often time a wall hung condensing boiler will share a closet with a panel.....
  • Charlie from wmass
    Charlie from wmass Member Posts: 4,195
    Three Feet

    The electrical code calls for that to all other systems for access. unless it is more than a certain number of feet above the panel. ( don't ask)
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