What are code requirements for fireplace gas shutoff valve?

Saturday, July 25, 2020

The requirements for a gas fireplace shutoff valve are at 409.5 in the International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC). A shutoff valve must:

1) Be located in the same room as the fireplace.
2) Within 6 feet of the appliance.
3) Cannot be concealed.
3) Must be upstream of union, connector, or quick-connect device serving fireplace.
4) Or, located at a gas manifold within 50 feet and clearly marked.

    Also, when a shutoff valve is located within the firebox of a fireplace, it has to be installed in accordance with the fireplace manufacturer’s instructions. Here’s what one manufacturer says.

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Here’s links to some of our other blog posts about FIREPLACES AND CHIMNEYS:

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• The fireplace doesn't have a chimney. Is that alright? 

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• Do home inspectors check chimneys? 

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