Fireplace and Mantle

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Project by jarheadtech posted 06-16-2011 01:59 AM 1404 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished this last year just before it got cold outside. It is made of a walnut and oak frame around the blue flagstone. this is what I tryed to match the enterainment center with. Makes it nice and cozzy on thoes cold winter days. Was kind of difficult to match the angles on the frame to the stone.

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#1 posted 06-17-2011 03:37 AM

I’m a retired fire chief, former wood shop instructor and now woodworking hobbyist. At first glance I am very concerned about your clearances from the chimney pipe to the wood that appears too close. Sorry but it just looks dagerous no matter how small your fires may be. The clearances from the stove to the wall are suspect also. Even with the stone facade heat can conduct through and cause whats known as “pyrolosis” that is the degradation the combustible surface (drywall paper or wall studs) gets from repeated heating lowers the ignition temperature. Please follow the instruction you recieved from the stove and chimney manufacturers. I’d hate to see another nice looking project go up in smoke….......but it keeps me in the business of fire investigations. Thanks for understanding.

-- Ted Pagels, Green Bay, WI

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#2 posted 06-21-2011 03:15 AM

Thanks for the concern and I appericate the input from a profesional fire chief. There is 1.5 inches of clearance between the inulated pipe and the walnut mantle pice. Even when running the pellet stove full blast The surface temp of the stove pipe is only 115 deg F. They are designed to put the heat out through the output vents according to the stove manufacturers instructions. I also increased the distance from the pipe to the walnuts surface 3/4 of an inch more than the chimneys specificions, so there is plenty of clearance. Just wanted to ease youre mind and I would also hate to see it go up in smoke, it took way to long to plan and build this project. Agean I thank you for the input.

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