Hi guys - I'm having building inspector problems - coal stove intalled into an existing fireplace - the stove sits about 3 inches from the edge of the hearth. I knew he'd wants 16 inches in front of the stove, so I purchased a stove board/hearth extension. He does not want to give approval because it is moveable, and because it's a field stone fireplace - he said he wanted the stoveboard cut to the contour of the stone - which will void the UL approval if cut - he's concerned that the radiant heat from the stove will go between the hearth extension and the stone hearth (there are slight spaces - less than 1/2 inch). My quesion is - is it safe - would you be comfortable with that setup, and if not - what would you recommend. His idea is to build a 6" concrete reinforced slab (of course you must remove the plywood under the slab after the concrete cures). What are your thoughs - is this guy paranoid - he said he's never approved a coal stove and doesn't know anything about them.
I would be more concerned with a hot ember falling between the crack than the radiant heat from that area of the stove. You might consider a fireproof hearthmat that would cover the hearth and the hearth extension.
coalkirk wrote:Have a mason extend the fieldstone hearth or add a tile hearth in front. I'd be nervous as an inspector signing off of that too with that carpet right there.
I agree....Burning embers routinely will fall right where that little gap is. (I'll bet you wont go a week before embers land there) Looks pretty dangerous to me too! I would never dare operate a stove with that gap right there. The inspector is not being picky.