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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by tigeroak, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. tigeroak

    tigeroak Feeling the Heat

    Nov 4, 2012
    kansas illinois
    I have looked at a lot of stoves and what they are setting on and how much room each one has left on the sides and in the front of the stove, floor protector. Now I know some load on the sides and some front. The front load ones is my question. How do you get away with only 8-10 inches in front of stove with your floor protector? Every where that I have looked just about every place was 20-25 inches from front of stove. Mine is 25 inches from front of stove to wood floor. I see tons of stoves only 8-10 inches from stove to floor and most are wood floors. Just wondering how and why??

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  2. RPK1

    RPK1 Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    Eastern CT
    Most Building Codes require a minimum of 18" of noncombustible floor protection in front of where the stove loads. Personally, I would want alot more than that on a wood floor.
  3. lopiliberty

    lopiliberty Minister of Fire

    Oct 7, 2011
    Mineral County, WV
    My liberty only requires 16 inches of floor protection in the front. So far I have found that to be enough but on the rare occasion a coal falls out of the stove that's when I wish I had more floor protection.
  4. remkel

    remkel Minister of Fire

    Jan 21, 2010
    Southwest NH
    Well, I have about1000 square feet of concrete flooring around my stove, so perhaps I am not the most qualified to speak to this topic.
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  5. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

    Sep 2, 2008
    southern Indiana
    Most every stove requires 16" from the front of the stove.
    Just because the floor feels "HOT", it doesn't mean it's hot enough to be a problem. Although it doesn't hurt to give extra clearance, it's also fine to go with the minimum clearance given by the manufacturer. They have tested it very well, that's what they pay the big bucks for!

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