Removing a wood burning stove:
KMS Woodworks on Apr 17, 2012I would guess that the bricks are set on the slab. The slab was poured long before the wood stove went in (during the home's construction). What geographic area are you located in? I live up high in the Rockies, and have two woodstoves in my home. During the long winters we use the main insert version in our living room pretty much 24 / 7 for the 4-5 months of our 8 month long winters. It is one of the more economical ways to heat our home, On top of the cost savings it is a much "greener" way to heat the home. Wood, unlike natural gas, propane and electric (which is mostly generated from fossil fuels) is "carbon Neutral"...plus they smell good. If you area is prone to power outages and storms then this low tech heating and cooking source can come in handy. If it were my place I would keep it.Helpful Reply
Cheryl P on Apr 17, 2012We are in Oklahoma. We will probably live with it a while before deciding what to do, but the living room is not very big and the stove takes up a lot of space. I am sure the brick platform is set on the slab but it steps up about 10 inches off the floor, so I am wondering what is inside the brick platform. Was a wood frame built on top of the slab and the brick put around it?Helpful Reply
KMS Woodworks on Apr 17, 2012Yes that looks like a "framed" platform, but there is also the slim chance that it is a "poured" platform in addition to the slab. If that is the case removing it will be a real bugger. The brick look is pretty dated, and the stove appears to be a older less efficient model. You may "upgrade" both in the future with a more modern stove and some tile up grades. Code requires 18" of fire resistant "hearth" in front of the woodstoves doors...this looks a bit short in that dept. I just got some grouting done last week on the tile behind the wood stove in our NM cabin. http://www.hometalk.com/diy/-156566Helpful Reply
Cheryl P on Apr 17, 2012Thank you for your answer, it is very helpful. If it is a poured platform...Ugh, hope not. Maybe we will just try to remove one brick in the back corner to be sure, but my guess was that there is a wood frame. We are thinking about taking the wood stove to the back porch so it can still be used. Your tile looks very nice.Helpful Reply
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