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I am working on a 60 year old cabin that has a wood burning fireplace in the center on the main room and is raised from the floor level, on a platform, by about 6". My client want to drop it down to the floor lever, eliminating the platform. Is this allowable under safety codes? The wall behind has fire proofing and the covering under the fireplace is ceramic tile all at the proper distances. It is the allowable height from floor level that seems to be vague.
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Is the fireplace and chimney made of brick or stone? If so that's a lot of weight, and the platform is likely a concrete pad with footing.

Are they changing to a fresh air fireplace insert? Much more efficient.

I built my hearth about 12"high. My wife and daughter-in-law love sitting there. Also built one about 10" high. The lady of that house also loves to sit there.
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Fireplace is a metal free standing unit, I think about 36"x36" top surface. Not sure when it was installed, but as I am doing some renovations, I'd like to know what I can and can't do
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Is it classified as a fireplace or stove? There may be different stipulations for one instead of the other. There is usually a big difference in insurance premiums, fireplaces generally being cheaper.
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wood stove. I'm not concerned with insurance or other factors, only what I can do to keep the client's wishes legal.
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What is the platform made out of?
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Metal wood stove. underneath platform is (I think) 2x4 with plywood covered with ceramic tiles.
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Metal wood stove. underneath platform is (I think) 2x4 with plywood covered with ceramic tiles.
Then it would make no difference, just make sure you do more than they did. Like 2 layers of concrete board under the tile.
If it is like a built in metal fire box, they just sit on the subfloor.
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Our wood stove is freestanding on 6" bricks. Our inspector (10 years ago when we bought the place) said that free standing units just needed to have fireproof type material under it (bricks, cement, etc) The brick on the wall behind it was "a bonus" he said.

I'd kind of wanted to take it out, but he convinced us to keep it for emergencies - we're glad we did, many winters we've lost power and it's saved us from having to rent a hotel (one time power was out for 11 days)
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