Hearth Extensions / Pads

DKranger22 Posted By DKranger22, Mar 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

  1. DKranger22

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    In a previous post of mine, many here may know that I recently installed a Lennox Canyon C310 insert into my masonary fireplace. The unit sticks out all the way to the end of my existing, elevated hearth. Therefore, in order to meet the install and code requirements, I need a hearth extension to complete the job.

    I asked for some recommended vendors of pre-fabricated hearth extensions that would meet the required R-value for my application. It seems that the major player in this realm is Woodland Direct. Some other notable producers of hearth pads / extensions are Diamond Hearth and Hearth Classics. I contacted all of the above vendors, and was shocked to learn that the going rate for a Type II, 18” x 48” extension was around $500 through a preferred distributor! At this point, I would just consider making my own, but for insurance purposes, I like the idea of being able to pull out a spec sheet / receipt to prove that the hearth pad meets the required R-value necessary for my insert.

    I was beginning to get discouraged in my search, when a local hearth shop pointed me towards American Panel Hearth Products as their preferred line. I asked for a quote on a Type II, 18” x 48” extension w/ copper slate finish, and was shocked to hear the total come out to only $285 delivered! Low and behold, it turns out that this is the same manufacturer that Woodland Direct represents, and the exact same model that I ordered priced out at $500 on W.D.!

    So long story short, buying a hearth extension from Woodland Direct is an expensive proposition. I highly recommend doing the distributor search on American Hearth Panel’s website, and contacting your local dealer to negotiate a better price. For anyone looking for a hearth extension, I hope this thread proves to be worthwhile in directing you to a lower-cost solution.
     
  2. begreen

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    Your local dealer is offering you a good deal. This could be a late season sale to reduce over the summer inventory. Note that Woodland Direct is including shipping. That is a not a small amount. Hearth pads are oversize loads and heavy. Getting one locally is often a better deal.
     
  3. bag of hammers

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    I wonder if WD would negotiate a better price if the lower price was presented to them...?
     
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    This was not left-over inventory (he had zero inventory, only the rack w/ small 1' x 1' samples). He placed the order with American Hearth while I was in the shop, and it should arrive in about two weeks for me to pickup. I couldn't believe it. I asked if he could knock off the tax if paid in cash, and he looked at me and said I was already getting a fantastic deal. I couldn't argue with that.

    BOH - Not sure if W.D. would price match. It was a verbal quote, so it's not like I had an advertisement to compare against. I suppose it could have been worth a phone call, but I just don't see them coming down 45% from their advertised price. Either way, I'm happy with the outcome, and am happy to be able to support a local hearth shop in the process.
     
  5. bag of hammers

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    That is a good thing...
     
  6. Heatsource

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    DK-
    you mention "r" value, but it is likely just ember protection, (3/8" thick non combustible material)
    is it a raised hearth? how far off the floor?
    what does the manual say?

    pictures are always nice :)
     
  7. DKranger22

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    A1 - Here's a snapshot from the manual. It calls for more than just ember protection.

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    And here's a link to the extension that I've chosen:

    http://www.woodlanddirect.com/Wood-Stove-and-Accessories/Hearth-Extensions/Heritage-Standard-Hearth-Extension-Natural-Bronze-Slate

    I'm going with a Type II, which s 1.5" thick and has an R-value of 1.08 (Woodland Direct's website claims 1.40, but American Panel's information says 1.08. I trust the manufacturer's information over the distributor's, but in either case, I only need 0.90).

    My hearth is raised about 6-8", and the insert sits darn near all the way to the edge with the blower overhanging by about 1/2 inch.
     
  8. ddahlgren

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    Looked at the ad and now down to 413 + free freight. You could have made one in an afternoon for 100 bucks though. That is fi you have a wet saw or access to one and some common hand tools. The tiling part is not hard to do and cement board is common and cheap. A few tiles and done. I have a bunch of left over tile stuff so maybe that colors my price a bit as well.
     
  9. nate379

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    Lowe's and Home Deport will cut tiles for free if you buy them there.
     

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