I was wondering if it's recommended (against) raising a waterheater on bricks to gain clearance under, which is desirable in my case to clean the air intake? The waterheater will be sitting on a platform stack consisting of a 7" tall pallet made of 2x6 and 3/4" plywood (to raise it above a drain riser coming from the floor) and in a drain pain. The legs on the heater are about only as tall as the pan is deep, making it difficult to reach under with a brush to clean. Also, was thinking it would be nice if the metal legs were not corroding if left in puddles of water in the pan.
My concern was if a brick ever crumbles or something, the waterheater can be off balance, rip the plumbing fittings etc.