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    Hearth Pads & Hearth Boards for Wood Stoves

    If you're going to install a wood burning stove, you'll probably need to purchase a hearth pad, since these hearth board, or stove board, products are made to protect your flooring. It's important to purchase a hearth board pad along with your stove. Wood burning stoves produce a lot of heat, which is great because this heats up your home; however, that heat can be too much for the flooring underneath the stove. That's where these wood stove pad designs come in handy. Wood stove hearth pads serve both functional and aesthetic purposes. The attractive, quality models we offer on eFireplaceStore add to your hearth decor and your heat-shielding protection. These pads provide a protective layer that absorbs the heat and keeps it from ruining the flooring underneath the stove. Since a hearth pad is a necessity, you may as well find one that fits your home's decor, right? That's why we offer a wide variety of options here on!

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    22 Questions & 21 Answers
    from AL asked:
    September 13, 2017
    I really don't see a color I like. Can I paint these products?
    1 Answer
    You can paint them, provided you use a high heat rated paint (1200+), such as Stove Bright Paint.
    on September 13, 2017

    Steve Kicinski
    from Vashon, WA asked:
    January 11, 2017
    How thick is the 36" x 36" black stove board?
    1 Answer
    The thickness of this board is approximately 5/8" to 3/4" thick.
    on January 12, 2017

    from Hartford, CT asked:
    December 10, 2016
    Can this be cut? How would I go about doing that?
    1 Answer
    Any of the hearth pads we carry can be cut, but the tools needed will vary based on the material of the pad. The issue is that the cut edge will look unfinished and the pad should only be cut if you plan on having the cut side against a wall.
    on December 12, 2016

    from New Jersey asked:
    November 2, 2016
    If my faux fireplace is 42" w and 15" d. What size hearth pad would I need?

    from Ringgold, Louisiana asked:
    September 3, 2016
    Can these hearth boards be modified by cutting a hole for an exterior fresh air supply? Which one would you recommend for this alteration? I have a Fisher Goldilocks stove that requires air to enter the center of the pedestal.
    1 Answer
    You should choose a stove board that matches the manufacturer's listed requirements for floor protection based on the dimensions of your stove. This information is normally located in the product literature for your stove. Once this is done, you may cut a hole in the center of any of the stove boards we offer to accommodate the fresh air kit. You should be able to accomplish this via an appropriately size diamond grit hole saw for masonry.
    Will M.
    on September 6, 2016

    from Milwaukee, WI asked:
    November 30, 2015
    I bought a Napoleon Timberwolf 2100 Economizer from you and need to set it up with a hearth or stove board. If I understand the recommendations in the specifications, the board would have to be 48" deep by 42 inches wide, which seems very large for a small stove. Did I miss something here? What size board would you recommend?
    1 Answer
    Your calculations are correct and I would recommend a 48" x 48" stove board as this dimension will be readily available.
    Will M.
    on December 1, 2015

    from Odessa, MO asked:
    September 20, 2015
    Is the quality of Hy-C as good as more expensive boards?
    1 Answer
    While not as decorative as some of the other brands, the Hy-C stove boards will satisfy the UL 1618 Type 2 requirement and will provide safe floor protection.
    Will M.
    on September 21, 2015

    from Bayse, VA asked:
    March 4, 2015
    We have a wood burner that was used as a fireplace insert and is not used as a free standing firebox. We want to put something directly on the sides of the box and back to give it a finished look. Can any of these boards that are fireproof be used this way? If not, what would you suggest?
    1 Answer
    These boards are more commonly used as a means of protection to reduce clearance requirements to combustible wall board or flooring material beneath free standing stoves. If you are looking to finish out around a fireplace, this would be better accomplished utilizing a non-combustible board such as Durock, and then finish atop it with a ceramic tile, granite slab, or other non-combustible finishing material.
    Chris C.
    on March 4, 2015

    from Raleigh, NC asked:
    December 27, 2014
    We received a fire pit for Christmas and would like to use it on our wood deck. What do we need to put under a fire pit in order to keep it from damaging the deck? The only stove boards that we can find are for interior use. Would bricks stain the deck if we put them directly onto the wood?
    1 Answer
    Depending on the model of fire pit you received, something as simple as a layer of concrete pavers can be used. As you have found, most hearth pads are indeed designed for interior use and the insulating mineral board inside them does not do well when exposed to moisture. Concrete pavers with no colored dye added to them should not stain the deck.
    on December 29, 2014

    from Mooresville, NC asked:
    December 3, 2014
    What material is the UL-1618 type 2-36x36 made of?
    1 Answer
    The board is constructed of USG brand Micore mineral fiber board, enshrouded in a 30 gauge steel jacket for appearance and strength.
    on December 3, 2014

    from Hobbs, NM asked:
    August 24, 2014
    I own a cast iron stove in a small cabin and it doesn't have a lot of room. Do I need a type 1 or 2 pad?
    1 Answer
    This model of stove does require a floor protector with an R value, so a Type 2 protector must be used. The Hy-C 36-inch x 52-inch Type 2 UL1618 Black Stove Board is the smallest factory built board we offer to the 27 by 51 inch floor protector requirements this stove lists. Anything smaller would need to be custom made.
    on August 25, 2014

    from Denver, CO asked:
    June 14, 2014
    What is the difference between type 2 stove board and 1 UL stove board? I need to protect a wood deck from an outdoor wood portable fire pit.
    1 Answer
    Type 1 stove boards offer ember protection only. They are excellent for protection against falling coals or even a log that rolls out of position, but they do not offer any kind of thermal insulation. Type 2 stove boards offer ember and thermal protection. They will utilize a layer of built in material, usually mineral board, which helps to shield the area below from excessive heat. If the fire pit is low to the ground and could potentially damage a combustible surface beneath it, the Type 2 board would be the product to use.
    on June 16, 2014

    from Ohio asked:
    April 28, 2014
    Are either ok to use on the wall behind the woodstove? What is the difference? I need something about 36 x 52".
    1 Answer
    The terms hearth board and stove board are often used interchangeably, although a hearth board by definition is a short and wide board that serves as an artificial hearth extension for a fireplace, while a stove board is larger and designed to shield the floor beneath a free standing stove. Stove boards can certainly be used to shield both a combustible floor or a wall. We offer several shades in the 36 x 52 inch size range, such as the Hy-C 36-inch x 52-inch Type 2 UL1618 Black Stove Board, the Hy-C 36-inch x 52-inch Type 2 UL1618 Gray Slate Tile Stove Board, and the Hy-C 36-inch x 52-inch Type 2 UL1618 Sandstone Stove Board.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on April 29, 2014

    from Arlington, TX asked:
    November 13, 2013
    Is there a code for the hearth in front of my fire place? Can I just have my wood floor there? Does something else have to be there and does it have to be a certain size?
    1 Answer
    Per the UL 127 standard for wood burning fireplaces, a hearth extension must be used. For a fireplace with an opening of less than 6 square feet, the hearth protector must extend 8 inches beyond each side of the opening and 16 inches in front of the unit. For a fireplace with an opening of 6 square feet or greater, the hearth protector must extend 12 inches beyond each side of the opening and 20 inches in front of the unit.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on November 14, 2013

    from Lacey, WA asked:
    September 4, 2013
    We would like to use a hearth pad, but the Enviro stove requires venting through the floor of the mobile home. Can we cut a hole in the pad to accommodate the requirements?
    1 Answer
    We do not recommend cutting into the stove boards or hearth boards. Doing so with compensate the effectiveness of these boards and cause potential issues with thermal and spark protection.
    Tyler M. - NFI Certified Specialist
    on September 4, 2013

    from Cedar City, UT asked:
    July 23, 2013
    What are the dimensions for the corner pad that is 40 x 49? Is the long side 49" and the short cut side 40"?
    1 Answer
    The length is 40" and width is 49".
    Magan B.
    on July 23, 2013

    Karen Walker
    from Washington, DC asked:
    February 26, 2013
    Do you make/sell hearth boards (48 X 48) with an R Factor equal to or greater than 2?
    1 Answer
    Yes, we have one 48" x 48" stove board that has an R-value of 3: R-CO 48-in. x 48-in. Double Cut Brick Stove Board Our other 48" x 48" boards have varying R-values, though none are greater than 2.
    Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist
    on February 26, 2013

    from Madras, OR asked:
    November 30, 2012
    Can I just order the framework for the hearth pad, so I can put my own tile in it?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, no. The metal frames for the hearth pads we sell are cut and welded together on site by the manufacturer. It would be necessary to purchase angled steel to construct your own frame or have a local fabricator cut the steel components to the required size so that they could be screwed or welded together on site.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on December 3, 2012

    November 9, 2012
    I have a wood pellet stove and want to put a stove board under it. I see there are two types of boards, Type I and Type II. What is the difference? I see they are only 5/8” thick. Does that offer enough protection if the pad will be on top of a plywood surface?
    1 Answer
    The answer to your question all depends on your stove and what the manufacturer of it requires. As far as the types are concerned, Type I boards are ember protectors only. They keep embers from landing on an adjacent combustible surface. Type II boards offer thermal protection in addition to ember protection. These boards have a higher R value.
    on November 9, 2012

    November 9, 2012
    I have an antique parlor stove & will required a stove board 6' x 6' square. Do you carry anything in this size & if so, is it UL listed & what is the R rating?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, the largest square pre-manufactured stove boards that we carry measure 48" x 48". This is because shipment of anything larger than this would have to be done by a specialty freight carrier. Most floor protection that is larger than this would need to be custom made on site, utilizing concrete board and tile or an equivalent noncombustible material.
    on November 9, 2012

    November 9, 2012
    I need a floor pad measuring 48 x 60. I don't see that as a specific size. Do you have something close?
    1 Answer
    While we do offer 48" x 48" and 36" x 52" boards, we do not carry anything that is larger than these dimensions. This is largely due to the shipping limitations of boards that are any larger than this. Most larger hearth pads must be site built out of concrete board and a ceramic tile or brick of your choosing.
    on November 9, 2012

    November 9, 2012
    We just bought a an antique parlor stove & code requires 18" of space around the stove itself. I'm looking for a stove board that would be 5-1/2' square. Largest size I see you have is 4 x 4. Can you help me please?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, you are correct. We do not currently carry a stove board larger than 48" square. Further, we do not customize any of our products. We apologize for the inconvenience.
    on November 9, 2012

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