Would a fire-resistant hearth rug count as adequate floor protection???...

WestVirginian Posted By WestVirginian, Jan 25, 2006 at 5:01 PM

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  1. WestVirginian

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    Hi everyone--

    I'm about to install a Jotul 500 into my existing masonry fireplace (which has a SS liner in it). The fireplace has a 19-inch hearth that is flush with the oak floor. The Jotul legs will all fit on the hearth, but just barely. So I still need the required 18 inches of floor protection in front of the stove, where there is oak flooring. My question is...would I be up to code if I just throw down a fire-resistant hearth rug in front of it, covering the oak flooring? Or would this be too easy? I really don't want to put something big there. Less is more. But I do want to be safe and pass inspection.

    And if the rug wouldn't be up to code, what would my options be?

    Thanks for any information. Ian
     
  2. Sundeep Arole

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    Wont do. Not enough protection for the combustibles underneath. At the minimum you will need a stove board, or if you want something nicer there are those hearth extensions
    made out of stone or tile.There has been a recent thread on how to build a hearth pad. Try a search and you will find it.
     
  3. ChrisN

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    Ian, I bet code experts will chime in, but I don't think the Hearth rugs count as adequate floor protection. If you look in your installation manual it discusses the r-value required for floor protection; a) I bet those rugs don't meet the required r value, b) I don't think the rugs are considered noncombustibles. I think your path is going to be to install some sort of non-combustible covering, that will meet the listed minimum r-value, which I think for this stove is 0.893, such as stone/tile over cementboard, brick, etc. Also, don't forget on the Oslo you have a left-side door for loading, you will need 18" of floor protection for that opening as well.

    I have the Jotul 500 (Oslo) and I love it. Happy heating!

    Chris
     
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  5. WestVirginian

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    Sorry for being so dense, but can I ask what a stoveboard is? Is that just cement board? Or something else? Thanks. Ian
     
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