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Lowes Imperial Stove Board Review: Avoid

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by jankdc, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. jankdc

    jankdc New Member

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    There is no insulation value to this stove board. It doesn't say it on the packaging (which says that it is for wood stoves). In the instructions it states: R-value = 0. If you need a stove board, check out the type 2 stove boards from Hy-C. I've tried 3 times to post a negative review on the Lowes' site. They keep getting rejected. Hopefully this last one will go through.
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  2. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for posting that jankdc. Hopefully it helps someone who might be thinking about buying that board.
  3. DanCorcoran

    DanCorcoran Minister of Fire

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    Strange. I bought the Imperial stove board at Ace Hardware and it does have an r-value. In fact, it has "Micore" stamped repeatedly on the back of it. Maybe they've changed the product. The enclosure states that it can "be used in place of one layer of 3/8 asbestos millboard". I called Imperial Group before I bought it and they said that it has an r-value of 1.09. The product number on the ULC label (Underwriters Labs Canada?) says 77Y9 Heat Shield.
  4. jankdc

    jankdc New Member

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    The one from Lowes does not have microcore stamped on it. It does have 77Y9 on it though. In the instructions, it said that it did not have an R rating. So stick with the one from Ace if you want insulation.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Yeah that is weird. I own two large and two small ones and they all have Micore in them.
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Just bought 2 this year from Tractor Supply that had micore in them

    Only thing I suggest is that when purchasing (if you care about aesthetics) ask the person at the register / manager if necessary, if it's OK to open the box to inspect prior to purchase.

    I bought 4 before getting 2 that were without dings / bangs even though the exterior of the box they came in was pristine.

    pen
  7. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    OK, I deleted my post, it was incorrect. Something is definitely fishy. The listing clearly states:

    Steel over mineral board for excellent protection.

    jankdc, what do you see on the backside of the board you got? I'm wondering if this is a documentation error.
  8. jankdc

    jankdc New Member

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    Begreen, it iooked like mineral board to me. Also, I was at Tractor Supply and yes they had type 2 from Imperial.
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    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

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    One imperial board I saw at true value this summer had an r value of zero.

    Matt
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    That R-value of 0 seems unlikely with mineral board back there. But if the claim zero, then it is for ember protection only hearths. We don't have any Tractor Supply stores or I would check this out.
  11. mattjm1017

    mattjm1017 Feeling the Heat

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    My local Lowe's sell two one is for ember protection only and the other is an actual r rated hearth pad. I bought one thats r rated 1.5 from Lowe's its an imperial stove board.
  12. jankdc

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    I was at another Lowes this weekend and saw a hearth pad that had type 1 on it. It was the same that I bought, but I guess with a newer packaging.

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