Cement board research....

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Fred61 said:
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Hey fellas I was at Home Depot to buy some non combustible backerboard, they had both Hardiebacker and Durock.....I had bought Durock before but as I was loading this Durock on the cart recently, I noticed it had little styrofoam balls encapsulated in it.....that CANNOT be good for fire rated walls.....I imagine they did that to cut down on the weight a little, but I would not trust using that as a non combustible backer.....I held a map gas torch against some 1/2" Hardiebacker for several minutes (till it was glowing orange on one side) and you could still touch the other side with your bare hand.....I would trust the Hardiebacker board over all else esp. in a situation like mine where you are going to install tile or stone veneer.......just my two cents.....
It should be pearlite. I don't think styrofoam balls would survive the mixing process. There must have been some serious stresses on the board in order to have the balls turn purple. IMHO.
you got a point there Fred....I've had blue balls before but never purple......lol.....
 
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BeGreen said:
It is not styrofoam, it's perlite, as already discussed in this thread.

Durock and Wonderboard NexGen products are also listed as non-combustible.
Thanks BeGreen......I like using the Durock, esp. for any veneer job I am doing, but wasn't sure about that stuff....the stuff I bought two years ago did not have perlite in it.....did they recently start putting it in the board?......
 

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Not saying that I recommend this (I'll say it again, DO NOT DO IT), but my buddy who's an oaf has a 30 and destroyed his baffle boards. Rather than cough up the 120 bux or so for 2 new ones, he went out and bought a sheet of next gen durorock. He cuts them and uses them in place of the factory baffle. He puts a new set in at the beginning of winter, and changes it out once during the winter. 2 sets get his stove through an entire season. He burns about 5 cord of wood through his 30. The wood stove is his only heat.

If it can survive for months IN a stove, I have no concerns placing it under one.

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pen said:
Not saying that I recommend this (I'll say it again, DO NOT DO IT), but my buddy who's an oaf has a 30 and destroyed his baffle boards. Rather than cough up the 120 bux or so for 2 new ones, he went out and bought a sheet of next gen durorock. He cuts them and uses them in place of the factory baffle. He puts a new set in at the beginning of winter, and changes it out once during the winter. 2 sets get his stove through an entire season. He burns about 5 cord of wood through his 30. The wood stove is his only heat.

If it can survive for months IN a stove, I have no concerns placing it under one.

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Pen I have read on this forum different guys who do that......and I will +1 on what you said...DON'T DO IT.......if for nothing else, say those boards fail in the middle of the night and next thing you know your stove top is exposed to full heat from the fire, then warps all to hell.....but like you said, if it can withstand heat like that, surely it is good enough for the underlayment or for the surround....
 

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Flamegrower said:
BeGreen said:
It is not styrofoam, it's perlite, as already discussed in this thread.

Durock and Wonderboard NexGen products are also listed as non-combustible.
Thanks BeGreen......I like using the Durock, esp. for any veneer job I am doing, but wasn't sure about that stuff....the stuff I bought two years ago did not have perlite in it.....did they recently start putting it in the board?......
The warehouses started emptying out of the old pure cement board products last year. To my knowledge they are no longer available unless found in the dusty recesses of a quiet lumber yard. Hardibacker may be fine, but I'm reticent to recommend it because it has cellulose mixed in. The competing product made by USG is Fiberock which specifically says to not use the product in high temp locations.

As you have noted, this discussion is as old as Elk from days before this forum started. It comes up annually and has been confused by the NextGen products. We do the best we can to investigate and respond based on the current market options. There is only one agenda here and that is to help others to make their installations safe and functional. If the recommendation seems narrow, it is because the answer speaks not just to a single installation, but to the hundreds that will read the thread later on.
 

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BeGreen said:
As you have noted, this discussion is as old as Elk from days before this forum started. It comes up annually and has been confused by the NextGen products. We do the best we can to investigate and respond based on the current market options. There is only one agenda here and that is to help others to make their installations safe and functional. If the recommendation seems narrow, it is because the answer speaks not just to a single installation, but to the hundreds that will read the thread later on.
Well spoken BG. I really comes down to the fact that the Nexgen Durock has NOT been tested in the USA for hearth applications. That doesn't mean it is not the proper product, it just has not been tested for it in the US (it HAS been tested in Canada, an meets their requirements)
 
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Jags said:
BeGreen said:
As you have noted, this discussion is as old as Elk from days before this forum started. It comes up annually and has been confused by the NextGen products. We do the best we can to investigate and respond based on the current market options. There is only one agenda here and that is to help others to make their installations safe and functional. If the recommendation seems narrow, it is because the answer speaks not just to a single installation, but to the hundreds that will read the thread later on.
Well spoken BG. I really comes down to the fact that the Nexgen Durock has NOT been tested in the USA for hearth applications. That doesn't mean it is not the proper product, it just has not been tested for it in the US (it HAS been tested in Canada, an meets their requirements)
And it is the exact same product, manufactured in the US in the same factory and shipped to Canada. (I was told by USG)
 

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From the Woodstock Web Site,
Technical Note: Conductivity
Cement backer board is an ideal material for a hearth pad because of
its low “k”, or conductivity value. Conductivity is the ability to conduct
heat. The lower the “K” factor, the less heat is conducted through
the material. For example, Durock has a k-value of 1.92 per inch, as
compared to the k-value of common brick, which is 5.00 per inch, or
marble, which has a k-value of 15.00 to 20.00 per inch.

So I put 1" of next gen under my tile. Passed inspection here in Michigan no problem.
Take Care,
Tim
 
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