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Old 09-27-2010, 12:40 AM
 
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My house is about 25 years old, and the water heater door is starting look pretty bad. It's not a pre-fab door that was there, just a peice of wood cut to size. My question to you is what would be the best material (at a reasonable price) to withstand the elements over the long haul?
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Old 09-27-2010, 03:46 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Does your question include 'maintance free'?
If not, wood, properly cared for, will outlast you.
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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When you say "to withstand the elements", I'll assume this "door" is on the exterior of the house?
What kind of W/H- gas or electric?
Is the opening a standard size opening that could accommodate a standard exterior door?
Is this an opening that should be secured?
And some pic's would probably help.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:09 AM
 
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Default Be smart, get a fully approved enclosure...

Waterheater enclosures are cheap and meet all the relevant life safety needs:
Shop HOLDRITE 24" Water Heater Enclosure at Lowes.com


Last think you want is an expensive fire or someone tampering with your waterheater.
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:09 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses, I guess I should have been more specific, but I just wrote it real quick before I went to sleep. It's a gas water heater, the space is inside the house, but you have to go outside to access it, so the door is on the exterior. If wood, what kind specifically, there are 1000s different types of wood applications lol.

Lastly, currently there is just a little lock to keep it from opening, but I don't need anything high security, as it is in the backyard.
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:35 PM
 
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Default Probably want a fire rated utility door with a louver for combustion air...

I know it seems kind of odd to have a "fire rated" door and then cut a big louver into it for combustion air, but this is not that uncommon. Many commercial swimming pools have this kind of setup. The wood is often fir or poplar, and is it is typically primed, not stained. It gets painted to match the trim color of the building or just monochrome to sort of disappear.

The reason you go with the fire rated door is for solidness / strength. If the door has any voids in it it won't hold up to the cutting involved for the louvered vent.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:04 PM
 
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Is it electric or gas?
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:49 PM
 
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Default Gas, which is why the louvers are needed...

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Thanks for the responses, I guess I should have been more specific, but I just wrote it real quick before I went to sleep. It's a gas water heater, the space is inside the house, but you have to go outside to access it, so the door is on the exterior. If wood, what kind specifically, there are 1000s different types of wood applications lol.

Lastly, currently there is just a little lock to keep it from opening, but I don't need anything high security, as it is in the backyard.
Electric water heaters can be behind a solid door...
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:56 PM
 
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Is it electric or gas?
Duhh..... Yes, you need to make sure the enclosure provides makeup air for combustion.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:51 PM
 
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It's a gas water heater
I don't need a vent in the door either, as it vents out above the door. Basically just looking for a material that will hold up to being cut down to size, and withstand outdoor elements..
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