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    Default Do I need a hearth?

    Hello,

    I am having a new gas heater placed in a jarah floor. I need to understand how high I need to mount the heater (jetmaster heat & glo 550TSRI) in order not to need a hearth to protect the floor boards from the heat (I do not like the hearth). I am thinking that a hearth is normally 30 top 40 cm wide so if I mount the heater at that height, I would have the same distance between heat source and floor boards. Does this make any sense?

    Paul

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    Dear readers,

    I suggested to the installer to mount the heater (28mJH) at a height of at least 400mm from the wooden floor. Would this be sufficient?

    Paul

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    I don't know but would suggest contacting the manufacturer for their recommended clearances.
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    The fire box of our Canon built in gas log unit is about 40 cm from our Tas Oak floor and I didn't even consider a hearth. No ill effects. As Bedford says check with the manuf if you want to be sure.

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    Contact the manufacturer and download the installation instructions if you don't have them. Most of those units I think can be placed onto a wood floor and do not require a hearth. However never rely on a few posters on a forum, you must get your information from the manufacturer and the plumbing regulations to make sure you comply and are safe

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    Lots of Heat & Glo info here Downloads | Heat & Glo | Specifications | Specifications & Brochures

    One install guide there says
    "C. Clearances
    NOTICE: Install appliance on hard metal or wood surfaces
    extending full width and depth. DO NOTinstall directly
    on carpeting, vinyl, tile or any combustible material other
    than wood."

    But that may be for a model other than yours

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    Thanks for all your recommendations. I discussed with the manufacturer and they have no specific recommendations. So I will go with common sense.

    Paul

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