Sheri Danforth
Sheri Danforth
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Asked on Oct 12, 2012

can you hang a flat screen tv over a woodstove?

Sheri DanforthLandlightSMelissa K
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we bought this house and this woodstove is dead center in the living room and is creating a layout nightmare for tv viewing and woodstove enjoyment. can i hang a flat screen tv over a working woodstove without damaging the tv?
previous owners photo of woodstove setup
previous owners photo of woodstove setup
14 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Oct 12, 2012

    single wall stove pipe requires 18" to combustibles...the Tv would have to be at least that high above the pipe/ brick considering the current height of that rig and the size of most TV's it is going to put in at ceiling....plus that min distance would still be pretty hot for a TV. Can you post some other pic or give us an idea of the room lay out so we can help with a "plan b"

  • Sheri Danforth
    on Oct 12, 2012

    Thank you KMS Woodworks.Will take new pics and post.

  • Like Kevin said, you need a lot of clearance so I doubt it would be a very good idea. On a safety standpoint, is there an air gap between the back of the brick and the wall? And how close is the stove to the brick face? Many people who install their own stoves do not realize how much heat can be transferred between the brick and the wall. And with some people truly trying to heat their homes with their stoves, It can result in charring and in worse case fires that break out from behind the brick. Having a air gap allows for free cooler air to prevent this occurrence. If you cannot put your hand on the brick when the stove is operational, then check for safety to assure that you have this air barrier.

  • Mary Insana
    on Oct 12, 2012

    Will you actually be using the stove? A friend of mine has one in the corner of her family room. The first time they lit it they got soot all over their first floor, never used it again. It's her centerpiece for all holiday decorations. At least it's in a corner. If you don't plan on using it you may want to remove it so you can put your TV there.

  • Sheri Danforth
    on Oct 12, 2012

    we do use the woodstove and it cranks out the heat as it is a new soapstone. guess i got my answer :(

  • LandlightS
    on Oct 13, 2012

    Working with several Home Theater outfits, I would have to say NO! No concern about the stove pipe, however the major point is the radiating heat coming from the wood stove..And remember that heat rises. Just my humble opinion Gary

  • Melissa K
    on Oct 13, 2012

    i HAVE THE SAME NIGHTMARE, ONLY THE PIPE GOES CLEAN OUT THE CEILING ON TH ONLY LONG STRAIGHT WALL I OWN IN THE LIVING ROOM. THIS IS OUR OWN DOING AND IS INDEED A NIGHTMARE. FLATSCREEN IS IN THE CORNER, BUT SEATING IS A TOSS-UP FROM DAY TO DAY. THIS ROOM LOOKS ALMOST EXACTLY LIKE MINE, AS WE HAVE PLACED THE BRICK WALL ALL THE WAY TO THE CEILING AND I HAVE THE SAME FLOWERS ON MINE DURING THE SUMMER. SOMEBODY HELP US!

  • As long as you have at least a double wall until you reach about 18 inches from combustible material then go to the triple wall designed to be used for super high heat issues. Then you will be fine. There is not that much radiant heat off of the pipe as there is with the stove, but those pipes can get quite hot.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Oct 13, 2012

    Class A pipe can be set around 2" from combustibles...this is what is normally used Inside the walls / attic. @Sheri Danforth We love our soapstone wood stove too...ours is set in a corner in the master suite http://www.flickr.com/photos/kmswoodworks/4503612021/in/set-72157623780038058

  • I assume your speaking of C vent? used in fireplaces and wood stoves. I believe as it has been many years sense I installed any of this stuff, the C vent was triple wall with a filler material between the first and center wall. In a standard heating system such as oil or gas, B vent which is two wall pipe has the same clearance allowances and does not have the solid material between the inner and outer layers.

  • Melissa K
    on Oct 15, 2012

    Mine is triple-insulated whatever you call it...Have to always relay this info to the insurance inspector or appraisor whenever they come, so I do remember. The walls and attic are very cool around this piping.

  • Sheri Danforth
    on Oct 19, 2012

    Thanks for all your input. We decided to nix the idea based on your feedback and try something else! Happy decorating!

  • LandlightS
    on Oct 20, 2012

    Sheri.....good decision. I realize that most of the comments revolved around the pipes from the stove going into the wall. My point was the heat radiating out of the stove and the pipes raising up (as heat rises) to the flat screen, which would have eventually created problems to the sensitive electronics. Let me know if you have any other questions with respect to lighting or home theater. Gary

  • Sheri Danforth
    on Oct 20, 2012

    Thanks Gary. I've love looking at decorating ideas online and there have been a lot of photos I've loved with TV's hanging over fireplaces. So, that lead me to believe it was a potential option. I really appreciate your expert advice. We actually swapped the living room and dining room and I am in love with my home again :0)

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