Installing a Minisplit Head Near a Stovepipe
charles3 | Posted in Mechanicals on
Double wall stove pipe has a clearance to combustibles of 10″. How close to the stove pipe can a minisplit head safely be installed?
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My guess is at 10 inches the plastic case of the mini would turn liquid and drip on the floor.
It seems to me that the heated air off a wood stove is likely to warm the air above the stove to over 130°that could soften the plastic for about 10 feet more or less.
To piggyback on Walta's comment . . . it seems less than ideal. If you aren't already committed to a wall-mounted head, maybe consider a floor unit. According to this article, research has found that floor-mounted units perform better for heating than indoor units that are mounted high on a wall (never mind the added complication of heat from a stovepipe).
Kiley, I don't understand how a unit on the floor near the stove is safer than a unit on the wall near the stovepipe.
Related question: Are there some brands and models that are more tolerant of heat than others?
In case anybody is interested, I asked this question of a guy who is National Fireplace Institute certified, and he said 10" is no problem. I guess the heat pump makes the plastic about as warm as the stovepipe would.
I have a black microwave about 18" from the stove pipe, the plastic on the door barely gets warm.