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When are you no longer under mantel?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by ledge, Sep 13, 2006.

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  1. ledge

    ledge New Member

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    If I put my stove 1-2" in front of the mantel (so the back of the stove is 1-2" in front of a vertical line dropped from the front edge of the mantel), do I still need mantel clearances?

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  2. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy New Member

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    put a laser themometer on it, if its over 140 your to close. Otherwise, i think your fine. mantle clearances are usually spelled out in the manual, if its behind, i would go by stove rear clearaces and pipe clearances.
  3. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    can you post a picture is the mantel made of wood or bluestone If wood I think your stove setup needs further discussion
  4. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    In my opinion, that is close enough to warrant the mantle clearances. In fact, you definitely need the REGULAR clearances at that point, which are usually more than the mantel clearances. In other words, if the stove specifies 36" above it, you would need 36" to that wood.

    This, in my opinion, would hold true until you got to a point behind the stove which was the normal clearance (for instance, if the stove was listed for 12" clearance, and the mantel was 12" behind the stove on vertical line as mentioned).
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    Thats the way i read the situation, if any of the mantle protrued over the back of the stove, then stove top clearances needs to be maintained... etc.
  6. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    MSG, my opinion is that even if the mantel does not protrude - as the post says - it is still subject to the regular top clearances. In other words, the top clearance of a stove DOES NOT JUST PERTAIN TO THE EXACT SHADOW ABOVE IT, but (like wall and floor protection) to an area around that. The exact area around that would differ, but I would start with at least 12"-18" or more depending on stove top (radiant? convection?) and other stove side and rear clearances.
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