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Old 06-29-2009, 12:23 PM   #1
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Woodstove Backing

This may sound like a really stupid newbie question, but here goes.

I recently purchased an existing home with a beautiful 24' x 48' detached shop. The shop is extremely well built, with one exception.

It's heated by a "double barrel" (?) wood stove, just like the one we used to have in our cabin. You know, two barrels mounted longitudinally, one on top of the other with a space in between and connected with a short chimney pipe. The bottom barrel has a door mounted on what was originally the top of the barrel. The upper (heat?) barrel serves as a heat chamber and has a sealed 8" hole through the center to provide more surface area and the chimney coming out the top. The stove is mounted between 18" to 24" from the USB interior wall. In any case, they're known for cranking out the heat, or so I've been told.

There is an electrical outlet behind the stove, about 4' from the floor and directly behind the upper stove barrel. The plastic cover plate is melted! Hm....not a comforting sign.....

Years ago, I would just go down to the lumber yard, pick up a sheet of 1/4" asbestos, slap it on the wall, and problem solved. What's the procedure these days? Concrete backer board? If used, can/should I put the board on stand-off insulators to create an air space between the board and the wall?

Thank you in advance for your time and advice. It is GREATLY appreciated!



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Old 06-29-2009, 06:02 PM   #2
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I would talk to your insurance agent and local building code inspector. If there ever is a fire you are in deep doo doo if it doesn't meet code.


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I too would wonder about that outlet. I have an outlet closer than that on a pellet stove and wood stove, but because of placement and heat shields it's well outside the danger zone.

If the manufacturer is still in business I'd contact them to find the clearance for this stove, and also check your local codes to see if they override or say anything about that outlet. Also check clearance from any chimney pipes.

The folks over at hearth.com forums is a great resource for wood stoves.

Do make sure your home insurer knows about this. It may affect your rates a little but you will be covered.
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