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Hearth Pad Question

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by deucedown, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. deucedown

    deucedown Member

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    I'm looking to pick up a piece of 1 1/2", 4 x 3ft. bluestone to use as a hearth pad. It cost $120 and I will have them make 2 cuts to make it look all pretty. My questions is if I can get a relatively flat piece on the side that the pellet stove will sit on, what should I put on the bottom of it?

    It is going on hardwood floors. Should I lay a piece of cement board on the bottom and then mud it and put the bluestone on top? I will need to trim it.

    I picked up a Lopi Leydon that was used for 3 years for $1500 and they threw in a corner hearth pad...which I can't use and I should be able to sell on cg for $250 and 25 bags of pellets and some of the piping. I thought it was an awesome deal. However, the stove weighs 375lbs. With the pellets in it and the bluestone, it should come to around 650 lbs. One of my contractors said the weight would be fine.

    I feel like getting the bluestone and mudding the cement board would be easier than tiling and look really nice. Any thoughts about what I rambled on about?

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  2. deucedown

    deucedown Member

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    I forgot to mention, my contractor said you could mud the bluestone directly to floor, but I figured that the moisture would destroy the hardwoods if I ever wanted to take it up. Not that we ever probably would.
  3. CT-Mike

    CT-Mike Minister of Fire

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    I think I would remove the hardwood down to the subflooring. Then put down a nice mortar bed and your bluestone. I would set it up so that the bluestone is proud of the surrounding hardwood so that you can put down some quarter-round molding that matches your flooring to cover the gap. Just my thoughts.
  4. Woody1911a1

    Woody1911a1 Feeling the Heat

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    with a single piece 1 1/2 slab of bluestone , i'd just be thinking about some kind of thin padding to protect the floor . no need to mud . no need to cut to the sub floor .

    my opinion . there's no way that weight or heat is going to be a factor in this situation .

    cheers Woody
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  5. WOODNUT358

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    I also like the idea of a thin pad.Just lay the stone down on top of it and set the stove on it.My Harman has adjustable feet for leveling.Cutting to the sub floor would look nice,but if you or anyone in the future changes their mind about the stove,then you would have to blend the flooring in.
  6. deucedown

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