How big should a hearth be for a wood burning stove?

How big should a hearth be for a wood burning stove?

The hearth should extend at least 150mm out from the stove at the sides and 300mm in front. This 300mm distance can be reduced a slightly if the stove is not designed to operate with the door open. A freestanding stove which is not in a recess should have a hearth at least 840 x 840mm.

Are slate hearths good?

Slate is very easy to clean and is a great material for use as a fire hearth. Clean off all ashes with a dustpan and brush.

Is slate good for under a wood stove?

Slate, like stone, frequently is used as a mat beneath wood stoves. Wood stoves must be placed on a non-combustible surface that extends at least 18 inches in front of the door and 8 inches out to each side.

Do slate hearths scratch easily?

As slate work surfaces are exposed to direct contact and pressure, it becomes highly susceptible to scratches. There are a few simple and inexpensive techniques to remove scratches from slate work surfaces.

How do you lay a slate hearth?

Spread the entire surface, or sand and cement mortar (semi dry) and ensure your floor is solid before you start. If the floor is constructed of timber you need fix a sheeted material (ply) on to the existing floor. This should be fixed every 100mm of canters and then bond the slate hearth with flexible tile adhesive.

Is slate fire resistant?

Slate is an excellent choice for a fireplace, since in its natural form it is not only fire resistant but extremely energy efficient as well. This means you don’t have to worry about safety considerations or your utility bill.

Do I need to seal a slate hearth?

To protect your Slate products from staining and to keep them looking like new, we recommend applying a sealer. There are many traditional ways of treating Slate, while some times the old ways are the best, its not the case with sealing Slate and Natural Stone.

Does slate crack with heat?

can’t see any problem from heat damage. More critically you need to ensure that the slates are fully bedded in to the adhesive.

What do you put on slate hearth?


  1. Wipe down the slate with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris before polishing.
  2. Squirt a few drops of teak oil, WD40 or olive oil onto a clean, dry cloth.
  3. Apply the oil to the slate hearth with small circular motions.
  4. Use another clean, dry cloth to once more buff in an extra shine to the hearth.

Is slate out of style?

Slate floors might not be the coolest of kitchen floor surfaces but they’re not out of style, in fact, they’re such a timeless choice that they’ve been one of the most popular flooring trends for decades and will continue to be so. ‘Slate is a classic choice for kitchens and tiles are definitely durable.

Can a slate hearth be in one piece?

Single Piece T Shaped Hearth T shaped slate hearths can be made as single or in multiple pieces depending on the overall size needed or design required.

Can slate be used in a fireplace?