How to Build a Wood Stove Base on a Cement Floor

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How to Build a Wood Stove Base on a Cement Floor
A wood stove (wood burning stove image by Paula Gent from

A wood stove is a great way to heat up a room or an outdoor area. However, many stoves needs a strong base. The easiest option is a base made from a concrete board. While that sounds like a hard job, it can be done in several easy steps.

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Things you need

  • Plywood
  • Power drill with concrete boring tips
  • Screws
  • Concrete board
  • 2 drywall screws
  • Tile, brick or slate
  • Mortar
  • Wood trim

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  1. 1

    Use a piece of chalk or pencil to measure the area where the base will be placed. Remember a wood stove area should be at least 18 inches in the front and back of the stove and at least 12 inches on either side.

  2. 2

    Use the power drill to bore four holes into the concrete at the corner spots that were measured around the base.

  3. 3

    Screw a layer of plywood the size of your marked area into the floor using the pre-drilled holes. Sink the screws below the plywood surface.

  4. 4

    Cut a piece of concrete board to fit the space, and screw it into the plywood with 2-inch drywall screws.

  5. 5

    Install a layer of wood that you want to serve as the base over the concrete.

Tips and warnings

  • The final layer can be glued or nailed into place.

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