Build a Beautiful Hearth
Woodstoves come in all shapes and sizes. Different stoves have different requirements. Before beginning this project, acquaint yourself with the manufacturer’s instructions that come with your stove. Even if your stove has been in that same place for 50 years, and you are only changing your décor, standards change. Better to double check than risk a fire.
If you do not have the manufacturer’s instructions, and cannot obtain them, you need to check with a knowledgeable source to ensure you have adequate clearance from all combustible surfaces (floors, walls and ceiling) and that the installation of all components meets safety standards. Possible sources are the National Fire Protection Association (www.NFPA.org) and your local building inspector. Also, some counties require an inspection (either by a building inspector or the fire marshal) after installation.
You also want to notify your homeowner’s insurance agent if you are installing a woodstove for the first time or if you buy and install a different one. Many insurance companies will not insure homes heated with a stove that lacks a UL listing. The agent will want the name of the manufacturer and model of the stove. Some may want to photograph the stove, hearth and adjoining walls once you complete the project.