Fireplace Warehouse Etc., Sells the Best Pellet Stoves in Denver, But What About Hearth Pads?
At Fireplace Warehouse Etc., we sell what we consider the best pellet stoves in Denver, from industry leaders like Enviro, Napoleon, and Timberwolf. Freestanding pellet stoves, depending on how they are designed and what your code requirements are, either don’t need a hearth pad, or they do require one and feature one in their designs, or they require one and you provide it yourself.
Generally speaking, a hearth pad is a non-combustible surface that is laid in place in dimensions that exceed the footprint of any freestanding stove. For traditional freestanding wood burning stoves, a hearth pad has triple duties. First, they are a shield from heat radiating from the bottom of the firebox. Second, they act as an ember catcher so the primary flooring doesn’t get damaged by any popping surprises from inside the firebox when the door is open. Third, as most freestanding wood or pellet burning stoves weigh from about 250 pounds and up, the hearth pad bears the weight of the unit rather than just the flooring. On pellet or wood burning stoves, with their near total fuel combustion, an additional function of a hearth pad would be to catch stray ash that escapes when the combustion chamber is being cleaned on a cold stove, making clean up easier.
Whether your chosen freestanding pellet stove comes with or without a hearth pad, it’s a good idea to consider either buying a larger manufactured one that fits the area where the stove will be placed, or consider fashioning a custom solution. Most manufactured hearth pads will be thin, with a variety of looks that evoke wood flooring, tile or even mosaic patterns. With freestanding pellet stoves, particularly more traditional looking designs that stand upon legs, you may want to consider having a hearth pad fabricated or fashioning one yourself to raise the height of the unit for your operating and viewing pleasure.
When you decide to go with a custom hearth pad, your design possibilities expand to the limits of your imagination. Rather than the ceramic tiles used on most manufactured hearth pads, you can use high end materials like real limestone, slate, marble, and travertine tiles, or even mosaics of glass tiles. If you want to get away from the tiled paradigm altogether, you could have a polished Venetian plaster look applied to a thin layer of concrete that was troweled into a form.