1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)
    Caluwe - Passion for Fire and Water ( Pellet and Wood Hydronic and Space Heating)

Steel Block Off Plate w/ Rockbard 60 Insulation pics

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by cycloxer, Dec 1, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. cycloxer

    cycloxer New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Messages:
    715
    Loc:
    Worcester County, MA
    Here is an update of the construction of my lower block off plate. To summarize, this is a 22 gauge piece of sheet steel that I bought at Lowes for $30. I made my plate in two pieces so that it is easier to remove as mine is 46" long. Then I painted it with Rutland 1,200 degree stove paint for $12. It will be screwed into place with 3/16" Tapcon screws drilled into the fireplace masonry joints.

    Above the plate I am using a 2" thick Roxul Rockboard 60 insulation board which is fireproof and rated to 1,200 degrees with an ultimate melting temperature of 2,100. This stuff is very easy to work with and can be cut with a utility knife. I bought one board from www.atsacoustics.com for $13. This provides an R value of 8.4 for the 2". I have enough left over to put a plug up at the top of my chimney as well.

    I haven't decided if I need to seal around the perimeter with high-temp silicone. Thoughts?

    Attached Files:

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. cycloxer

    cycloxer New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Messages:
    715
    Loc:
    Worcester County, MA
    The lower block off plate Is pretty much done and ready for the stove. With the rockboard behind the the plate I can feel no drafts at all. I'll seal it up even more with high-temp silicone on the perimeter and furnace cement at the stove pipe once the stove is located and everything checks out okay. This took a fair amount of time to complete, but it looks like it is going to work out well.

    Attached Files:

  3. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    46,587
    Loc:
    South Puget Sound, WA
    Looks like a text book install. It should work very well. Time to move in the heat machine!
  4. cycloxer

    cycloxer New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Messages:
    715
    Loc:
    Worcester County, MA
    Yeah I hope so. I will say that you could feel the cold air getting drawn up the flue before I put this plate in place - and that is with the top of the chimney already blocked off. For those trying to decided if it is necessary, I can only say I would recommend the plate. Also, as I have stated before, this is essentially a steel fire door that separates your chimney from your house. If something were to go horribly wrong within the chimney or liner you have some protection. One final point - I opted to run my stainless liner right into the top of the stove and just painted the end with stove paint. This avoids another joint w/ black pipe. Fewer joints is always better.

    I'm throwing all of this info out here so that other people can get some ideas for their installation. I searched the Hearth.com forums before I started this project and saw a lot of great designs and pictures and learned a lot about block off plates.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page