Fireplace clearance to combustibles. Tact with combustibles in accordance with ul 127. However gas fireplaces have more in common with gas furnaces and space heaters than with wood burning fireplaces. Always follow the installation instructions for the fireplace paying special attention to warnings and fire hazard clearances.
Combustible fireplace surrounds and mantels must be held back from the actual fireplace opening to minimize fire danger. Safety screen and louvers because of the extreme heat this fireplace emits the mantel clearances are critical. Lynn underwood a building official in norfolk virginia replies.
All wood beams joists studs and other combustible material shall have a clearance of not less than 2 inches 51 mm from the front faces and sides of masonry fireplaces and not less than 4 inches 102 mm from the back faces of masonry fireplaces. A stone or granite mantel isnt combustible but wood trim is. Combustible mantel clearances from top of unit are shown in the diagram below.
All wood beams joists studs and other combustible material shall have a clearance of not. Gas fireplaces designed to fit into masonry fireplaces are often referred to as fireplace inserts. Maximum 1 12 projection at 2 minimum clearance.
Maintain clearances to combustibles. Gas fireplaces and gas logs may be installed in wood burning fireplaces. Chapter 10 chimneys and fireplaces section r1001 masonry fireplaces r10011 general.