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Zero-Clearance Fireplace Installation Question

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by lumbajac, Aug 19, 2008.

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  1. lumbajac

    lumbajac Member

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    I'm in the process of installing an RSF Opel3 zero-clearance fireplace in my new home. I have sheetrocked the interior of the cavity in which the fireplace will sit with 5/8" fire-rated drywall per our mechanical inspectors request (can't find this in the codebook, but I am going to honor his request).

    Now, I am wondering if I should install Durarock cement board on the floor of the cavity for the unit to sit on versus just sitting on the OSB. I currently have the unit sitting directly on the OSB with the required spark guard sheet metal flashing in place. Installing the Durarock would require me to pull the unit out of the cavity and custom cut a sheet of Durarock to fit in.

    Any thoughts?

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  2. fireme

    fireme New Member

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    There is absolutely no reason to install durock it is fine on osb its a zc unit nothing else has to be done to meet code unless local code specifies otherwise
  3. lumbajac

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    There is absolutely nothing in the codebooks. However, to avoid potential issues with inspections, today I installed 1/4" Hardibacker cement board on the floor; 5/8" firecode drywall on all walls and anything exposed in the fireplace cavity and chimney chase. I also firetaped the whole assembly. Done deal now.
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