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Wood Stove barrier material
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Don    Posted 11-16-2004 at 04:47:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey All,
I am installing a woodstove in our home. Its a single story small ranch. The cost of this project is almost staggering. The cost of the woodstove, the insulated pipe and "through the roof kit" has just about blown my budget. Now, to top things off, my area (Maine) is running low on seasoned wood, and a cord is at a premium price.
Anyways, I need to know what material I can use as a barrier for the stove near the walls and floor. I understand to folow manufactures specification on clearances and I will abid by those. But the fireplace shops around here want almost $300.00 for a fancy pedistal floor to set the stove on. All it looks like to me is plywood and tile. Would you use plywood covered by slate tile for a base? I plan to use the same slate on the walls surrounding the stove (about 1/2 thick), but what to put between the drywall and slate?
Thanks in advance,

Oliver    Posted 11-16-2004 at 14:03:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bet there are thousands of wood stoves bought and installed every year, an then never used again. Wood heat ain't cheap and it certainly ain't easy. Even if you have your own wood to cut, you'll invest a whole lot of time into it. If your time is worth anything, it's expensive. If you have to buy you wood, forget it. Only good thing about wood heat is you get warm at least 4 times. Once when you cut it, once when you carry it in, once when you burn it and once when you clean up after it. Nothing I miss less than messing with wood heat, but some people seem to enjoy it as a hobby so to each his own.

deadcarp    Posted 11-16-2004 at 07:22:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
well really drywall won't burn. matter of fact, 5/8 drywall is used for 1-hour firewalls. its paper skin will discolor however, if it gets hot.
they do make a better board for heat though - it has slate in it & generally carried by builders' supply places - around here they call it sauna board. for the floor, sidewalk pavers or most anything will work - we built a roaring fire in a barrel stove at 1 fishing contest, and it burned for 1/2 hour before it started melting the ice it was sitting on. :)

Lazy Al    Posted 11-16-2004 at 06:30:21       [Reply]  [No Email]

When I built this addition I used 2by6 except behind this stove there I used 2by4's.
I dry walled the 2by4 wall and then uses fence insulator and spaced that cement board out with long screws and put this fake stone on it.
The stone gets a little warm put not bad .
On the floor I just tiled it with 12by 12 tile on cement board .

Don    Posted 11-17-2004 at 04:05:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for all the great replies and ideas. Lazy Al, thats a realy nice job on your set up, looks great! I printed a few of the suggestions and will take them with me to the Home Depot. (hope they have this stuff, its 45 miles away). I did find a good deal on wood yesterday and bought two cords. My nieghbor introduced me to a "good ol boy" who has a cache of seasoned oak, I paid $100 a cord, but had to load myself. I am dropping a few oaks in my woods this weekend to make sure I dont run into this problem next fall. (Do I have to chop and split the logs in order to season the wood, or can I leave the logs whole till I get around to spliting them?)
Now if I can just find someone talented enough to cut holes in the right place in my roof and ceiling, I will be good to go! (to scared to cut up my house myself...LOL!)
This project isnt intended as a primary heat source, just redundant with the oil burner ($2.01 a gallon here now) also as a back up in case of ice storms and black outs.
This site is always so much help. Very resourceful and talented crowd here.
Hope everyone has a great holiday season.
(Harrison, Maine)

TimV--that's cheating!    Posted 11-16-2004 at 06:44:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Love your "boy scout fire starter" to the left of the stove! I've used mine many times to start trash fires--sure beats playing with matches.

mud    Posted 11-16-2004 at 06:12:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
building suppy outfits sell a concrete board that is used as a ceramic tile backer for shower stalls and such. it is easy to work with. might be something to think about.

if you use plywood with a slate or tile over the top of it, be careful when you set the stove on it. might crack the tile if you aren't careful setting it. been there.

good luck with it. a home heated with wood is warm all over and all through. keep some moisture in the air though!

Salmoneye    Posted 11-16-2004 at 04:55:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have orange-shellac on cedar bead-board on all my walls and ceilings...Floors are all Maple...All I have between my stove and my wall is an old 'Stove Board' also called a 'Wall Board'...It is a wooden frame covered with tin and then kept off the wall with ceramic spacers...

PS.....    Posted 11-16-2004 at 05:11:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you have your heart set on 'slate', I would face the existing wall behind the stove with 'Fireproof Wallboard' before applying the slate...

As for the 'stoveboard' under the stove, you can buy 'fireproof plywood' and then adhere your slate to that...

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