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Installing a Minisplit Head Near a Stovepipe

Charles Campbell | 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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  1. Walter Ahlgrim | | #1

    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.

    Walta

  2. GBA Editor
    Kiley Jacques | | #2

    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).

    1. Charles Campbell | | #3

      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.

  3. Charles Campbell | | #4

    Related question: Are there some brands and models that are more tolerant of heat than others?

  4. Charles Campbell | | #5

    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.

  5. Expert Member
    Akos | | #6

    I have a black microwave about 18" from the stove pipe, the plastic on the door barely gets warm.

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