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How do I build a hearth so my house doesn't burn down?  RSS feed

 
Travis Halverson
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I'll be heating with this http://www.usstove.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=170&product_id=958 stove for a winter or two, before I build a RMH. What's the best way to keep the wood floors from burning? I've got the distance from the combustible wall solved.
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John Wolfram
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Sounds like you need a hearth pad:
http://www.woodstove.com/pages/guidepdfs/Plan%20your%20hearth.pdf (Page 4)
 
Travis Halverson
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Perfect! Thanks!

I thought I needed an airspace in the hearth, like against the combustible wall, but if they say the "open faced sandwich" of plywood, cement board, mortar, and tile is sufficient, then I believe that.
 
Marion Kaye
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Very nice! One thing puzzles me though. If backer board and tiles are sufficient protection for the framing of the raised hearth, why not just remove the floorboards in the area and replace with backer board and tiles?
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