hearth ideas

mtalea Posted By mtalea, Dec 31, 2005 at 8:02 PM

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  1. mtalea

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    Hello all.
    I am looking for ideas on what to use for a hearth under my stand alone pellet stove.
    Any ideas would be welcome and pics also would be nice.

    Thanks

    Matt
     
  2. Roospike

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    Idea # 1
     

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    Not bad, looks like you used a blackish ceramic tile....nice

    and thanks
     
  4. elkimmeg

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    The make up and size of the pad should be detailed in your installation owners manual. If you have a pedestal
    stove then you may just need a non combustiable surface, like tile, brick or slate. If resistance to thermal conductivity,
    ( some R, K. or U value),
    is spected, then post what the specs requirements, are and many here can advise a way to contstruct a compliant attracctive pad
     
  5. wahoowad

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    go see a stone company's yard. they will have lots of large slabs of slate, soapstone, bluestone, etc. Really cool stuff.
     
  6. mtalea

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    part of the problem is,that I dont have an owners manual. I bought a used pelletmaster pm3000 titan

    I did however find a site that offers the manual and I did order it but they are out of stock on it.

    My situation is this..I have hardwood floors and I want to move my stove from cellar to main level.

    I know that I can use ceramic tile slate or brick. I am a carpenter and doing the install is nothing to do.

    I was simply looking for ideas and pics to see what others have done to make it .....perhaps more homey looking etc;
     
  7. Nokoni

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    I used one big piece of slate that was reclaimed slate from an old school in my area. It was much cheaper than "new slate" and I like the idea that it is recycled. The piece is about 54" x 45". It is a little hard to keep clean but I assume that any hearth material is with all of the ash and wood debris. I cut into my hardwood floor so that the slate would be as flush to the floor as possible. I used Micore under the slate for the R value I needed but the slate only raises off the floor about 1/3".
     
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    I've seen everything from pea stone to broken glass shards used as well as the normal stuff like slate , slab stone and ceramics .
    Anything that don't burn or cause heat buildup .
     
  9. mtalea

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    All are good ideas.......I especially like the idea of cutting the slate into the flooring as to be fluch with hardwood flooring....
     
  10. JedB

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    I made a 2x4 frame, sheeted with 1/2" Hardibacker over 3/4" MDF, and porclain tile, set with thinset morter, then used sanded grout. Added the wood trim, and painted to match. I used a diamond wet/dry blade in my circular saw to cut the tile and backer board.
    Easy for just a pellet stove. My manual stated only 1/4" thickness for floor protection. The sales person at one store said he just put the tile over concrete board and used constuction adhesive to set the tile and attach the wood trim. I guess I would be concerned about what might happen to the adhesive after it dries and shrinks. and also its combustable quality.
    The main thing is to find the proper clearances for your particular stove. It was a fun little project.
     

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  12. mtalea

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    Yes my applause also....looks great !

    But I think I have made up my mind..I am gonna use some 1/2" floor tile I have already...thinset it to floor and use an Oak reducer I will make to finish it off...cheap, quick and complete.....at least for now.....In fall of next yesr i will be re-doing the living room and then i will install some marble, but for cost reason right now....this will be more than enough!

    But thank you all for the ideas and of course I would stll love to see more
     
  13. rmcfall

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    Where did you find the Micore?

     
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    I found it on-line through a distributor. I live in Cincinnati and the closest place that had it was five hours away. So, I managed to convince a dealer in Illinois to ship it to me. He cut the sheet 4' x 8' into four pieces and sent it. If you look up Micore on the internet you can find a list of dealers. Perhaps there is one in your area?
     
  15. mtalea

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    Why would you need any "R" value for your hearth ?
     
  16. joshuaviktor

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    R-value=insulation qualities. It is not to keep heat from escaping. It is to keep heat from setting aflame anything under your stove.

    Joshua
     
  17. mtalea

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    OK understood
     
  18. hearthtools

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    You manual is coming soon. Unless you canceled the order.
    Email us your order # just to be sure

    But the manual does not have any R factors in it.
    All clearances are listed on the UL label on the stove

    Must have a non combustible under it and 8" in front of it

    Do not tile right to the wood floor.
    Always use some kind of cement backer board for few reasons

    One thin set sticks better to cement board better

    And the most importantly is that Grout does not have a very high R factor and a UL listed cement backer board will take care of the R factor requirements for a pellet stove.

    If the grout cracks then you have no protection to wood
     
  19. mtalea

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    OK i understand ya...but also you should know that if you use thinset....you should use the latex addative to mix with instead of water...it will adhere to anything...glass...stainless steel.etc;

    the latex addative can be mixed with the grout also.....it turns the sandy thinset and grout to more like a glue with awesome adhersion and strength.
     
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