How much heat can Rosewood sustain?

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Forum topic by sunshinecoast2007 posted 04-07-2013 10:13 AM 908 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2013 10:13 AM

Hi guys,

I had a bench top made of laminated rosewood 50ml thick (i applied 3 coats of feast watson varnished) with a cut out to insert a stainless steel fireplace box (new types of fireplace running with bio-ethanol). This is for an outdoor entertaining area. The bench top is already in place and I’m about to install stones on the wall next to it,

I tried out the fireplace last night to see how much heat its generates on its sides, which will be in touch with the bench top’s inner cut out obviously.

It did generates quite some heat over the 2hrs period, I could touch its sides with my fingers while burning, but no more than 1/2 a second as it was very hot.

My question is: Would my Rosewood bench top sustain the heat generated by the fireplace?
I personally think it should be ok, but I wanted to check with timber experts.

Kind regards,

Patrick Beaulieu
Sunshine Coast, Qld.

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#1 posted 04-07-2013 10:49 AM

Years ago I was on my way to work and two DJ’s on the car radio were having fun about a couple who wanted to keep their pet turtles warm at night so they put an electric blanket folded on the top of the aquarium and plugged it in. They burned the house down. Then they said the name and I realized it was my niece and her husband. Everyone was okay but they became a dreaded…. public statistic.

I always look at something like this and picture the possible aftermath. Could it be the cause of becoming a …statistic…?

“Man builds fireplace out of wood; wonders why house burned down.”

I don’t know the particulars of this type of burner but if it gets wood that hot then maybe it’s statistic prone? How about having a metal box built that is about 3 inches larger on all sides than the unit. Cut the hole bigger, put the unit in the box and pack some decorative small white stones around it to make a border. Just a thought.

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#2 posted 04-07-2013 11:19 AM

I suppose rosewood may be somewhat fire resistant as it is used to make pipes but any wood will burn. If it is a UL listed appliance it must have the minimum clearance to combustibles in the installation guide. If you don’t have the installation guide you should request one from the manufacturer, sometimes you can find them online.

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#3 posted 04-07-2013 11:28 AM

12” away from any heat source is a valuable standard to observe with any wood. Open flame? yeah, you’ll get rosewood fireplace alright.
How about a metal insert and some nice tile or marble leading up to the wood?

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#4 posted 04-07-2013 11:32 AM

I don’t know because I’ve never tried it, but I somehow see bad idea written all over this one.
I have a wood burning stove in my shop. I am cautious about wood chips, sawdust, or solid wood being anywhere near it. I still fret and worry anytime I have to leave my shop for even a few minutes though anytime the stove is still hot.


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#5 posted 04-12-2013 11:19 PM

I doubt the wood would catch fire if everything worked as planned, but it would definitely scorch and/or crack from the contact with the heat. Human fingers cannot estimate heat, so that is an unreliable gauge. My worry would be the varnish, I would think it would melt and catch fire causing the same problem. Neat idea, but I would agree a metal barrier would be a good idea.

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