Making a Brick Hearth For the New Woodstove

by ziggy on August 17, 2010 -- 5 comments -- Follow


A tiny hearth for a tiny stove

It’s been a long time coming, but the little Morso 1410 wood stove finally got moved into its final living place. I spent a day or so making this tiny little hearth for the stove, which was a pretty fun little project.

Building a brick hearth

I chose to use some reclaimed red bricks to make a tiny hearth for the Squirrel. Since the floor is not perfectly level, I made a flat little mortar bed (using old earthen floor mix), and tapped the bricks into place. I decided not to mortar between the bricks, since it didn’t really seem necessary. Some of the bricks are a tiny bit loose, but once enough ash and grit gets worked in between them, maybe it will firm up more…

Around the bricks, I constructed a wooden frame with some lovely black walnut 1x material. I love this wood and use it for lots of little projects – it is offcut wood I bought from a local mill, sold for a mere buck a board (most boards are 8 feet long or so – not bad!). I ripped and planed the boards by hand and gave them a good coat of mineral oil. Black walnut really is divine…

The hearth has some imperfections, but it’s got some character, I think. It’s barely two by two feet — we decided to keep it small since we really value the open floor space in the house. Plus, there’s really little need for it to be any larger.

Now for the fun part of installing the stove… figuring out how to run a chimney through a living roof. Yikes!

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  • Definitely go through the wall instead of the roof. You will regret piercing the membrane. Just my two yen.

  • simon

    don’t you think it would make more sense to put the chimney through the wall instead of through the roof? that would keep all the hassle of a waterproof and lasting break through a horizontal, wet roof away.

    some pics:

  • Well… I’ve thought about it, but it doesn’t seem feasible. Firstly, the wall behind the stove is now an interior wall (the mud room is behind it). So the pipe would have to go through two walls, unless there were two 90 degree turns: one to get the stovepipe to turn over the window, and one to get the pipe out the single wall. But then there is the eave to contend with: 2.5′ of overhang. Would the pipe simply end and blow smoke all under the eaves, or would it have to hang under the eave and then go up? That, I think, would be pretty ugly… and impractical. Possibly bad for the draw, too.

    I dunno… I hate to think about making a hole in the liner. But running the pipe through the wall seems really impractical…

  • Neva

    Since you have a cob house, you could cob over the flu to retain some of the heat exiting the building… maybe at a 45 degree slope instead of 90, and take it through the mud room. On our stove we didn’t want to do a 90 so we bought two of the adjustable elbows and turned it into a 45.

  • I look forward to seeing how you solve the chimney issue. Keep up the great work!

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