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Affordable way to add mass to existing woodstove?

 
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now that we are going into winter and using the stove more. I figured i would redo the stack of bricks next to my stove. Before they were just stacked next to each other in two rows and they were quite wobbly. Now they are interlocked and sturdier.

I notice some people are keeping a barrier between there bricks and the stove. I have put mine directly in contact with the stove. It definitly helps with any clearance to combustibles issues!

So before i started taking the bricks apart which was about 12+ hours after my last fire and they were still warm. Probably like 80*F. The house was 63.3*F this morning.

So here is how i added the bricks. Any of the solid bricks i put right next to the stove and the bricks with the holes in them went from being in a upright position to being mostly sideways. I also put a spacer underneath the bricks because those bricks did not become warm/hot at all.

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Before i changed the way i stacked the bricks
Before i changed the way i stacked the bricks
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Other side of the stove
Other side of the stove
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How i did the base.
How i did the base.
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The finished other side of the stove. Sorry took the photos out of order
The finished other side of the stove. Sorry took the photos out of order
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How the bricks were stacked
How the bricks were stacked
 
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Now that's mass!

Oops - the excavator bucket that is... The bricks are good mass too.
 
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