We are building a 1200 square foot house. It will have central heat and air but we also wanted a wood burning stove for the living room. It will be a rustic type cedar house with wood planks for walls and floor. We can't find anyone with answers. How far from the wall does it need to be? How much piping, and what do we use on the walls and floor for fireproofing? Will regular flag stone work? Do we need side heat panels and what does that do to the heating when applied? If it has a colored baked on finish, is it easier to clean? Does it hold up better? Is a stove with legs better than a pedestal? What do we need?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 5, 2013
All wood stoves will require floor protection when used above a combustible floor. Depending on the stove, the floor protector may or may not need to have an insulating value. Wall protection will be needed if the stove is to be located closer to the wall than standard clearances will allow in the manual.
Almost all stoves will come equipped with standard rear and side panels to reduce clearances. The efficiency of a stove is greatly increased if a circulating blower is used to move air. Porcelain finish stoves are indeed easier to clean, but the surface can be damaged more easily than a flat black stove. Most pedestal stoves will have an ash pan as standard, but that is the only advantage. The choice between legs and pedestal stoves is mostly personal preference.
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