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How far should my thermal mass be away from drywall? At what point should I insulate between the all and the mass? I don't want a fire hazard!
 
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I use 4" spacing between the mass (bench) and drywall, as per ASTM 1602-03 clearances for masonry heaters. You may find this document informative:

http://www.stovemaster.com/files/masonry.pdf
 
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