Godin Stove Approved Floor

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Post by Richtdow » Tue. Sep. 10, 2019 2:52 pm

The UL information on the stove data plate doesn't specify floor requirements from what I can tell. Does anyone know what the UL approved requirements are for the stove and/or where I may be able to find them?

At the moment I'm forced into having to adhere to the NFPA 2-6" of clearance floor standards. I cannot visualize how that would even look with hollow masonry open to allow air circulation. Does anyone have a picture of a hearth foundation completed to this standard?

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Post by franco b » Tue. Sep. 10, 2019 3:43 pm

This specifies dimensions. It does not specify construction. 8 inches on the sides and 16 inches on the front.

A larger hearth is nicer to also park a coal scuttle and tools.

The construction I favor is a sheet of metal, followed by a half inch of cement board, followed by ceramic tile. With the stove in use, you should be able to hold your hand comfortably on the floor under the stove.
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Post by Richtdow » Tue. Sep. 10, 2019 4:02 pm

Interesting. I didn't see any spec for floor thickness but you're using less than an inch of materials.

"With the stove in use, you should be able to hold your hand comfortably on the floor under the stove." So you're saying that directly under the stove on the floor doesn't get very warm at all? This implies that the materials you're using are more than adequate.


 
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Post by franco b » Tue. Sep. 10, 2019 4:31 pm

Richtdow wrote:
Tue. Sep. 10, 2019 4:02 pm
Interesting. I didn't see any spec for floor thickness but you're using less than an inch of materials.

"With the stove in use, you should be able to hold your hand comfortably on the floor under the stove." So you're saying that directly under the stove on the floor doesn't get very warm at all? This implies that the materials you're using are more than adequate.
Yes. The stove has an ash pan plus the stove bottom spaced well below the grate with burning coal. If you wish you could add a piece of sheet metal directly under the stove, spaced an inch above the floor. I used that construction with no added sheet metal, with a Godin oval with no problem.

The final say, of course , is up to an inspector, if you intend to have it inspected. Most old parlor stoves just used a metal pan that the stove sat on, but the legs were longer than a Godin.

 
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Post by Richtdow » Wed. Sep. 11, 2019 7:13 am

That's great! I didn't even think about the floor of the stove being the top of my clearance. That changes a lot of the calculations and makes sense from a heat and mass transfer perspective. I've pinged my inspector for his input before proceeding because ultimately he gives it a go/no-go.

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Post by coaledsweat » Wed. Sep. 11, 2019 8:13 am

When I had a stove I used a piece of slate from a pool table. It was very heavy though as I recall.

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