Do you need a hearth if you have a built in log store?

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allaboard

New Member
Sep 30, 2020
2
England
Hi all! First time on this forum. I tried searching the posts to see if this had been posted before but couldn't spot anything. However, accept my apologies if this has been hashed to death and I just didn't find it!

I am looking at a little stove for my boat. I am a little confused about the hearth situation. I am looking at a couple of options, both have log stores built underneath them. Considering the logs you would store in them are combustible, I am wondering if that means the log store acts as a raised hearth and it is then unneccessary to have a hearth under the log store too?

The stove is freestanding on a hardwood floor, incase that makes a difference :)

Sorry for my noobishness!

Thanks all
 

DAKSY

Full Time RVer
Staff member
Dec 2, 2008
8,994
Wherever we're parked
Umm...What happens when your log store is empty & the fire is still burning?
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
25,477
central pa
Hi all! First time on this forum. I tried searching the posts to see if this had been posted before but couldn't spot anything. However, accept my apologies if this has been hashed to death and I just didn't find it!

I am looking at a little stove for my boat. I am a little confused about the hearth situation. I am looking at a couple of options, both have log stores built underneath them. Considering the logs you would store in them are combustible, I am wondering if that means the log store acts as a raised hearth and it is then unneccessary to have a hearth under the log store too?

The stove is freestanding on a hardwood floor, incase that makes a difference :)

Sorry for my noobishness!

Thanks all
Yes
 

Poindexter

Minister of Fire
Jun 28, 2014
2,367
Fairbanks, Alaska
Air can act as an insulator. So if the firebox is far enough off the floor...

On a boat the stakes are a bit higher. Good to have a fire extinguisher of course, but a hole burnt into your floor would or could be, shall I say, a bit more catastrophic than it would be for a typical homeowner.

What are the current applicable regulations? EDIT: Do they make sense?
 

allaboard

New Member
Sep 30, 2020
2
England
Umm...What happens when your log store is empty & the fire is still burning?
Well, the clearance between the stove and the floor would be similar to the back of the stove and the wall so surely nothing?

Air can act as an insulator. So if the firebox is far enough off the floor...

On a boat the stakes are a bit higher. Good to have a fire extinguisher of course, but a hole burnt into your floor would or could be, shall I say, a bit more catastrophic than it would be for a typical homeowner.

What are the current applicable regulations? EDIT: Do they make sense?
Thank you. I agree the stakes are higher so I might err on the side of safety and get a hearth too. I was just trying to save a little but it's probably not worth it. I contacted the stove manufacturer but they were actually unsure hence me asking here.

I'll go for a hearth, thank you all.