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How big does a hearth need to be for an open fire?

How big does a hearth need to be for an open fire?

InterNACHI recommends that for fireplaces that have an opening of 6 square feet (0.56 square meters) or smaller, a hearth should extend at least 16 inches (406mm) out into the room from the opening, and by at least 8 inches (203mm) away from the sides.

What is the standard size for a fireplace hearth?

The U.S. hearth depth dimensions are 16″ or 20″ as we explain in more detail here. Please note that the hearth extension to front of a fireplace, given as 16″ or 20″ is a minimum dimension not a maximum. More is safer.

How wide and deep should a hearth be?

At least 150mm (6”) of hearth either side of the stove. At least 300mm (12”) of hearth in front of the stove. If the floor is combustible then the hearth must be at least 250mm* (10”) deep OR this can be reduced to 125mm (5”) deep if you have an air space or air gap of 50mm underneath.

What is the standard width of a hearth?

An opening that’s between 24-36 inches wide, 24-29 inches high, and 16 inches deep. On average, the distance between the hearth and the damper is about 37 inches. The fireplace’s rear firebox is generally between 11-19 inches wide, with a height of 14 inches.

What are the requirements for a hearth?

Per California fireplace hearth dimensions code as published on UpCodes, if the firebox, or the opening of the fireplace, is less than 6 feet square, then the requirement is that the hearth must stick out at least 16 inches to the front and 8 inches on either side of the opening.

Can a hearth be flush with the floor?

A flush hearth is level with the floor. Most fireplaces have flush hearths. A flush hearth uses fewer materials than a raised hearth and is less expensive to build than a raised hearth. It also saves you more space.

What is code for a fireplace hearth?

Do hearths need to be raised?

It also helps keep passers by a safe distance away from the scaldingly hot stove exterior and prevents people accidentally placing combustibles too close to the stove. For this reason, regulations also state your hearth should be ‘visually apparent’, with the edge ideally raised above the level of the floor.

What is a 12mm hearth?

Often referred to as a “decorative” hearth, the superimposed hearth is the decorative part for the hearth that is slightly above the normal floor level. Made from materials such as slate, tiles or granite, it has a minimum thickness of 12mm.

What is the best material to use for a hearth?

The Top Three Materials to Use for Hearths

  1. Granite. As mentioned earlier, granite is a great mid-priced material for hearth construction.
  2. Concrete. Concrete is a popular choice for hearths due to its adaptability and safety.
  3. Marble. Marble is another great choice for a hearth.