smithy wrote:what you guys figure for clearance to combustible?
Clearance is 3 feet, half that if surface is protected.
Protection is a sheet of metal, or ceramic or brick spaced out 1 inch from wall.
You can also install heat shield on bottom of stove if you want to lessen the need of thick floor protection. Again a sheet of metal suspended 1 inch from bottom of stove.
It is nice to have a floor protector big enough to place the coal scuttle and any tools. I like 4 ft. square. Asbestos millboard is no longer available. Micore made by USG. is a good replacement but hard to find. I have used a sheet of metal followed by half inch cement board with ceramic tile on top. If the floor protector gets too hot to hold your hand on comfortably then you need more thickness, or a heat shield on stove bottom.