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shutoff valve for gas fireplace

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donwal
donwal Member Posts: 1
Hello,

We are selling a house with a gas fireplace. there IS a shutoff valve for the fireplace about 20 feet from the actual fireplace. Buyers had the house inspected and are asking for a shutoff valve to be installed. I asked the realtor if they found the one 20 feet away (in a utility room), he wasn't sure. He is thinking there may be code requiring it to be closer to the actual fireplace. Is there such a code? If not, I'll just point out where the shutoff valve is.

Thank You

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  • Leon82
    Leon82 Member Posts: 684
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    A Google search says the irc calls for within 6 feet of the appliance
  • Leon82
    Leon82 Member Posts: 684
    edited November 2017
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    It's possible your local inspector looked over it

    It's also possible you are on a different code than the irc. You could always call your building Dept and find out. But that can also open a can of worms if there was never a permit for it
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,436
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    Sometimes, if you really want to sell and the price is right, the easiest thing to do is to say OK and just install the valve...
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,619
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    20' is not code. Shut off must be closer than that. Check with local inspector or if you don't want to tip him off call a fireplace installer to find out what's required in your area
  • Henry
    Henry Member Posts: 998
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    The valve can be further away if it is identified as for the fireplace
  • Tim McElwain
    Tim McElwain Member Posts: 4,628
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    National Fuel gas code states the shut off must be within 6 feet of the appliance. All the fireplace inserts or unvented appliances I have installed I always put a shut off as close to the equipment as possible with easy access in the event of an emergency.
    Henry