Boiler installation/kitchen cupboards

23 Nov 2021
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We are doing a full renovation. We plan to have a wall of tall kitchen units. There is a brick masonry wall behind, however we planned to have a service void of around 5cm behind the kitchen units for pipes, wires, etc. For the cupboard which will have the boiler in it, does this need to have no service void, and instead have the back of the cupboard flush against the brick wall? Otherwise I don't see how the boiler could be fixed to the masonry if there was a 5cm gap behind the kitchen cabinet...

Also, I guess this would mean the kitchen unit needs to be installed before we mount the boiler. Is there anyway we can connect the boiler 'off the wall' temporarily - e.g. to run the UFH to warm the space slightly in winter while workers are in there. Or even just to test the UFH!
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Personally, I would mount the boiler on the wall, build the cabinets around the boiler, leaving the back off of that particular cabinet!
Simples! ;)
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As above, cabinets first then boiler. Make sure there's enough room within the cabinet to not only hang the boiler, but also maintain it. Some boilers require more side clearance than others for maintenance.
The boiler doesn't actually need a cabinet. You can have a dummy, a door on removable hinges, mounted on strips to the wall cabinets on either side.

If you hang your cabs on hanging rail, it is easy to move them around if necessary.
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There's a very amusing thread running in the closed part of this site for gas bods.
Every day we come across boilers that have been boxed in to death by kitchen fitters, with no regard to maintenance.
So, please allow plenty of room for cover removal, check if your boiler has side panels that come off for repair, and make sure the flue is unobstructed.

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