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Distance to keep between a 2000 watt heater & wall insulation?

I am installing a dayton wall heater. dont want the fiberglass insulation to catch fire.

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The fiberglass will not catch fire. There is a sfer barrier built into the wall heaters. When you install a wall heater you basically just cut the wall open and throw the unit in with the flue and gas and away you go. If you can to second guess take some of the insillation and take a match or a lighter and hold it in your hand and light the fiberglass, you will see that it wont burn even with direct flame on it. You are 100 percent safe

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2 Look for the panels attached with screws to the side of the water heater. Depending on the size of the water heater, you will have one or two panels. Remove the screws from the panels to release them.
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