What To Put Behind A Wood Burning Stove [Fireproofing]

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  • Any area that’s within 36 inches of the stove in all directions needs to be covered- read more about wood stove safety guidelines here
  • Stone or brick is a frequently used option that can create a gorgeous effect. Because of its strong heat resistance, it won’t combust or be damaged from the stove’s heat
  • You can also use tile– that’s another attractive option:

Fireproofing The Walls Behind A Wood Burning Stove

There are many materials that are available to be installed on the walls behind and around the stove. There are even materials available for the floor area.

Protecting your floors from coals that can potentially be dropped while tending to your wood-burning stove is just as important as protecting the walls around the stove. There are many different types of heat and flame-resistant materials that can be used.

These materials are made especially for this purpose and will pass all code regulations. Most of the materials are even decorative or can be finished in a decorative way. They offer adequate protection and the safety that comes with it along with a nice look.

The wood-burning stove in your home is your heat source. You see it often. It is a main focal point of the room it is in many times. You do not want it to be unsightly. The following products not only meet regulations but are also beautiful.

Imperial Slate Stove Board

Stove Board

Imperial slate stove board is an excellent material to use for putting the walls that surround your wood-burning stove. The boards are made from fire-resistant slate. There will be no worries about the slate getting too hot or catching on fire.

This material meets all code regulations for use surrounding a wood-burning stove. It comes in a wide range of colors, patterns, and designs. It not only protects your walls but also makes the room look amazing. The stove area becomes the highlight of the room.

Putting Brick Behind A Wood Burning Stove

Behind a Wood Burning Stove

Another excellent idea is to line the area around your wood-burning stove with brick. Brick is a very safe material to have installed on both walls and floors as it is fire and heat resistant. Brick looks amazing installed on both the walls and on the floors.

It provides the area, and the entire room, a warm cozy feeling. It is a look that can go well with any decor style. Brick when installed properly also meets code regulation standards.

Faux Panels

Faux panels are yet another great option. They are available in all sorts of different sizes, styles, and colors. Some look like stone and add a nice natural look to the stove area.

Faux panels are another martial that can be used safely around a wood-burning stove. They too meet all code regulations and requirements for use around a wood-burning stove.

What you put on the walls and on the floor around your wood-burning stove is very important. Be sure to do a little research to learn what exactly the code regulations are in your town.

Some states have different rules and regulations and you will want to be sure to follow these regulations carefully. The reason why is safety. If you do not install proper safe materials around your wood-burning stove you risk a house fire.

The above materials are all safe and beautiful. Wood-burning stoves are an excellent source of heat. They are cost-efficient and even work when the power goes out.

Wood-burning stoves provide an excellent source of heat. In fact, they provide better heat than most of the other heating options do.

People with large houses often rely on woodstoves because other types of heat sources cannot provide enough heat to keep a large house warm. Wood-burning stoves are very popular and commonly used in parts of the world where winters are long, cold, and harsh.

How Does A Wood Burning Stove Create Heat?

Wood burning stoves provide heat by burning firewood. The heat from the burning wood inside of the wood-burning stove is very hot.

Wood burning stoves are made of metal which allows the fire to burn inside of them. All you have to do is fill the stove up with wood, light the fire, and enjoy the heat. When the wood has burned up into coals you add more wood and keep the fire going.

Burning wood in a wood-burning stove is by far one of the cheapest ways to heat your home. Wood is much less expensive than kerosene, fuel oil, propane, or coal.

Venting A Wood Burning Stove

Wood Stove Ventilation

Whenever there is a fire from wood-burning there will be smoke created. Wood-burning stoves must be vented using wood stove pipes. When a woodstove is vented the pipes run from the stove itself and either into a chimney or out through the wall of your house.

Woodstove pipes can get very hot, just like the stove itself does, especially those that are not triple wall. It is always best to vent a wood stove using triple wall pipes. However, these pipes can be very costly.

It is a fact that not all wood stove owners have, or are able to get triple wall pipes. If the pipes are too close to the wall they could potentially cause a house fire.

Wood Burning Stove Safety Codes and Regulations

There are codes and regulations regarding the installation of wood-burning stoves that require fire and heat-resistant material to be installed around your woodstove.

A wood-burning stove must be installed at least three feet away from any wall in most circumstances. The walls must be covered with a material that protects the wall from the heat created from the stove itself, and from the vent pipes.

If the walls were not covered in a heat and flame resistant material the woodstove or vent pipes could cause a fire.

Summing Up

Wood Stove Ventilation

I love sitting by my wood stove in the winter roasting chestnuts. I find it to be very comforting. I have a few friends that are always cold, but I am never cold when I am by my wood stove. It warms me up and it also warms up my house.

I love the smell of the wood burning and it is so pretty to watch the fire dance. It is so peaceful too because there is no noise coming from any other appliance or anything else in the house, just me and my wood stove.

I love sitting by my wood stove in the winter and I love the smell of freshly cut wood.

The wood stove is one of the most important objects in my home. It’s cozy, it’s warm, and it smells like Christmas.

I love to sit there with a cup of tea and just watch the flames dance around. The warmth that radiates from it is just so comforting.

I like to feel the heat from the stove and I like to see how it warms up my living room.

I love how it’s a nice break from staring at a screen all day long- just make sure you stay safe by fireproofing the wall behind your wood stove!

Eugene Duke Pic

Hi, my name’s Eugene Duke and I love sitting by my fireplace reading a book and sipping on an adult beverage. Do you have a fireplace in your house? I’ll help you figure out the best type and style of fireplace for your home.

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