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Is it possible to reduce a wood stove's clearance from combustibles?

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
April 26th, 2007

Is it possible to reduce a wood stove's clearance from combustibles?

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Under some conditions, the clearances from combustibles can be reduced. Different jurisdictions will have their own rules, but here are some typical ones.

The clearances outlined above or specified in the manufacturer's material can be reduced as follows:

Walls

1. Clearances can be reduced by 67% to combustible walls that are protected by - a. 29 gauge or heavier sheet metal on noncombustible spacers set out 1 inch from the wall b. Ceramic tiles or other noncombustible material attached to 29 gauge or heavier sheet metal backing on noncombustible spacers at least 1 inch from the walls c. Brick with 29 gauge or heavier sheet metal backing on noncombustible

2. Combustible clearances can be reduced by

50%

with: a. Ceramic tiles or other noncombustible materials on noncombustible supports separated with noncombustible spacers by at least 1 inch from walls b. Brick supported on noncombustible spacers at least 1 inch from walls

Wall shields must have at least 1 inch of clear space below and 3 inches of clear space above.

Wall shields must extend at least 20 inches above the appliance and 18 inches beyond on both sides.

The clearances outlined above or specified in the manufacturer's material can be reduced as follows:

Ceilings

The required clearance above wood stoves can be reduced as follows: 1. Clearances can be reduced by

50%

if: a. 29 gauge or heavier sheet metal supported by noncombustible spacers is installed at least 1 inch away from the ceiling b. Ceramic tiles or other noncombustible materials on noncombustible supports backed with 29 gauge or heavier sheet metal is installed at least 1 inch from the ceiling with noncombustible spacers 2. The clearance requirements above a wood stove can be reduced by

33%

with ceramic tiles or other noncombustible material installed at least 1 inch from the ceiling with noncombustible spacers

Shields for combustible ceilings should have at least 3 inches of clearance around all sides.
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