Stove boards, also known as hearth boards or hearth pads, are primarily used to insulate your floor from the heat produced by a wood stove or furnace. If you're interested in one of these appliances there's a good chance that you're going to have to install it with a stove board in order to maintain safe clearances. But even if your stove doesn't require a hearth board, you may want to consider getting one to use as a hearth extension.
Do you make any stove boards that will accommodate a fresh air intake of 4" for outside air or can these be modified?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on July 26, 2013
While we do not offer a stove board with a precut hole for outside air, an opening could be cut into any of the steel bodied boards that we offer.
By Frank from Columbus, Ohio on February 1, 2013
I have a wood burning stove and need a stove board. I also have a wood floor and I do not want to scratch it. Are there boards that have a soft backing that won't scratch the floor?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 1, 2013
While we do not offer a board that has a soft backing, there are several ways that the board can be modified to protect the floor. If a board is used that has an R value that meets or exceeds what the stove requires, you can add rubber or felt backing to the underside of the board, before laying it in position. If the board does not meet the required R value for the stove, you must use a noncombustible material beneath the board. One option is the SBI Micore-300 Mineral Fiber Board - Pack of Four. This material not only adds insulating value, but will also protect the floor from damage.
By steve from Phoenix on November 8, 2012
I have carpeting in my home. If I buy a wood stove, can I just set the stove on top of the stove board? Will this be safe? I hate to tear up the carpet and install tile.
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 8, 2012
Yes, you can indeed use an appropriately-rated stove board on your carpet for a wood stove. Please check the manufacturer information of your stove to see what the R-value requirements are for an appropriate stove board. This information can be found in your owner's manual.