Looking for help picking a new wood fireplace insert... code question?

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New Member
Nov 19, 2021
Trying to find a wood burning insert and have some limitations. My hearth has an arch opening, this imposes some size restrictions so selection is already a little limited. Real question is the hearth extension... my hearth extends 20" from the brick face of the fireplace. I think I would prefer an insert that protrudes into the room. However after taking into consideration the protrusion (let's say 7" for the Regency Hi2450) I'm left with 13" of hearth protrusion which falls short of the 16" code. Am I interpreting this correctly? Am I stuck with a flush fireplace insert? All the marketing materials show less clearance, though I realize those are just advertising. Any help is appreciated.


Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
Long Island NY
see if the hearth only needs ember protection (I suspect that'll be the case). You could then add something (e.g. black metal plate) in front of your hearth.

Also, pictures will help get better advice.
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