Installing a wood-burning stove is an excellent way to add warmth and ambiance to your home…but it comes with essential safety considerations! One of the most critical aspects of wood stove installation is ensuring proper clearance from combustible materials. This not only maximizes the stove’s efficiency, but also significantly reduces the risk of fire hazards.

This may trigger some anxiety as you plan out your setup, but if you’re in the Hillsborough area, there’s no reason to stress…simply call on the pros here at Hightpoint Chimney, and we’ll get you set up right in no time!

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Wood Burning Stove Clearances for Walls & Ceilings

The first item on your agenda for installing a wood burning stove is to prepare the area directly surrounding the appliance. The best course of action is to utilize non-combustible materials as much as possible. Materials like brick, tile, and stone are safe, fire-resistant options that help guard against heat transfer and reduce the risk of fires. The exact clearance needed can vary depending on where you live, as towns can have specific guidelines according to local fire regulations.

That said, it is industry standard that there is a minimum clearance of at least 36 inches between the wood-burning stove and furniture, walls, and tapestry that aren’t made from combustible materials. This minimum also goes for any other flammable objects that you may have nearby. (So if you have a green thumb, move your houseplants to a safer area clear of the stove.)

What About Flooring?

Like walls and ceiling, the floor beneath and directly in front of the wood burning stove must also be protected with non-combustible materials. Common flooring choices like carpet or hardwood do not protect against heat damage or fire and must be avoided. If all new flooring isn’t in your budget, consider a hearth pad – a less expensive alternative that comes in a slew of colors, shapes, and sizes, and can be customized to fit into a specific area. Hearth pads come in stone, slate, brick, and several other materials, so you have no limit to how you can personalize your living space to suit your tastes. 

The exact requirements for floor protection can change based on stove installation instructions, where you are located, and the exact size of your wood burning stove, but some recommendations are common for stove installations. You must have a non-combustible hearth or flooring that extends at least 18 inches in front of the stove and 8 inches past the sides and back. If any sparks escape the stove or the flooring gets too hot, this clearance can protect against fire.

What Are the Clearance Requirements in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, wood stove clearance requirements follow the guidelines set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 211.

  • Clearance to Combustible Materials: A minimum clearance of 36 inches from the sides and rear of the wood stove to any combustible materials. A minimum clearance of 36 inches from the top of the stove to the ceiling or any combustible materials above it.
  • Hearth Requirements: The hearth should extend at least 18 inches in front of the loading door and 8 inches on each side of the stove.
  • Chimney & Venting: The chimney must be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions and NFPA 211 standards. The chimney should extend at least 3 feet above the highest point where it passes through the roof and at least 2 feet higher than any part of the building within 10 feet of the chimney.
  • Floor Protection: The floor beneath the stove must be protected with a non-combustible material extending at least 18 inches on all sides.
  • Installation & Inspection: Installation must be performed by a qualified professional. An inspection by the local building authority is usually required to ensure compliance with all codes and regulations.

Sound complicated? That’s because it is. Be sure to trust us with your stove installation needs to ensure a job done right.

Why Hire Highpoint Chimney Services?

Our team is made up of locals who are proud to serve their communities. If you’re looking for a crew who values honesty, punctuality, and superior customer service, we’re your team. We don’t just bring experience to the table, we are also certified through and are members of the following organizations:

Schedule an Appointment To Install Your Wood Burning Stove 

Adding a wood burning stove to your home is a great way to heat your space, save money on energy bills, and invite a warm and cozy ambiance. But before you try to take on the job yourself, call Highpoint Chimney. Our customer service representatives are ready to answer any and all questions, and we’re here to make sure your safety is a top priority every step of the way. Reach out now!