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New Member
Sep 25, 2020
Northern Illinois
Hello....newbie here....with a question about clearance.....

I’ve read many posts detailing clearance, code, proper heat shields, clearance reducing, etc....but cannot find the exact answer to my situation. So please excuse my redundancy if I’ve missed something

I have an older Dovre 300H stove that has been restored and is in excellent condition. I’d like to do a corner install. Stove specs state front, back, and side clearances. If using the air gap method of creating a heat shield surrounding the Back and sides of the stove....I’ve found online you can reduce stove clearance by 2/3. So for example my stove says is back clearance is 20” from combustibles.....if using an air gap heat shield....with it reduce my clearance to 6.67”(2/3 of 20)?

Im asking because I also find a minimum clearance number of 12” from combustibles pretty prevalent on the forum. Is the 12” for when there is no manufacture specs on the stove? Am I safe to go less than 12” if maintaining an air gap of 1” behind my heat shield with open gaps on the bottom and top of shield to allow for circulation of air?

thank you in advance,



Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
South Puget Sound, WA
12" is the minimum reduction unless the manufacturer has listed a lower clearance that they have tested the stove to.


Dec 27, 2017
Pella, Iowa
Not sure if you found your answer, however another member has a post that includes a pdf version of the owners manual for a Dovre 300H and lists all of the clearances and requirements for that stove.