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Tiling under a wood heater

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  1. robbie_p

    robbie_p Well-Known Member

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    Hi All,

    I hope you all have a good weekend.

    My tiler is going to be in this week to start tiling my lounge area so I’m just busy doing some prep work.

    We have an old wood heater, which we don’t plan to replace yet, but someday we will. The wood heater sits on slightly raised slate based (see pics).

    What would be the best way to remove the slate base from the heater (the base seems pretty loose) ? Should I just dismantle the heater then reassemble once the tiling is done? The new tiling is probably a few mm lower than the old slate base, so hopefully the heater will be able to sit slightly lower?

    Cheers,
    Robbie
     

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  2. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    Give a heater store a call and ask how they're fixed to the floor

    That outer lower piece looks like a cover, it may come up easy,and possibly cover the fixings
     
  3. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    The hearth needs to be fire proof - either solid concrete or fibre cement sheet then finished with tiles.

    Heater isn't generally fixed to the floor but may have an exhaust flue to be removed.
     
  4. robbie_p

    robbie_p Well-Known Member

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    Well I got the hearthr and fire place out :)

    The flue didnt drop all the way to the floor (as i thought), so i just supported it with a bucket as i didnt really want it just hanging from the ceiling (and bringing the roof down! lol)

    What we planning to do is tile completely, then place the heater on top of the new tiles. The tile shop said it will be fine, so did my tiler.

    Any concerns?
     

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    It may pay to check the roof flashing,if the exhaust pipe has come down at all,depending on if there is a deck-tight flashing or a cover metal type flashing,the deck-tight will move and not be a problem the hard set type may be have to be resealed..imho..imho..
     
  6. bob shovel

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    How do you tile under the milk crate?? ;)
     
  7. willair

    willair Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    May work out the same size as the base of the wood heater,and drop in straight on the slab,and save on tiles..
     
  8. pinkboy

    pinkboy Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I would have probably left the heater where it was and just cut the slate with a diamond blade right near the heater base around its perimeter. Then once the new tiles installed just butt the new tiles up with the slate, and chamfer the grout the few mm required to make it look neat.

    Would have saved a lot of time and effort and would not have even be noticeable.

    pinkboy
     
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  9. robbie_p

    robbie_p Well-Known Member

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    I'll just the crate on a small table like this :)
     

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  10. Scott No Mates

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    The milk crate will melt.
     
  11. Helicrete

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    Sounds fine, proper way to do it.

    Grout would probably end up cracking from exposure to thermal expansion and contraction every time it is used.