What types of stones make good wood-burning stove pads?

Written by christie gross | 13/05/2017
What types of stones make good wood-burning stove pads?
Check your wood stove manual to find the value of installation you need in a pad. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A wood-burning stove pad (hearth pad) protects floors from scorching when using a pellet-, corn- or wood-burning stove. The pad lies underneath the stove and on top of the flooring surface and serves as a fire-resistant barrier. Choose a permanent or removable hearth pad made of non-combustible material to ensure your wood-burning stove pad lasts through an entire winter season and beyond.


According to the website Ask the Builder, a wood-burning stove pad is usually made of slate, stone or tile. Slate is frequently used to cover traditional concrete pads that sit underneath wood-burning stoves featured in many older homes. The stone is preferred because it's a natural, resilient and a nonflammable material that also makes a visually attractive wood-burning stove pad. Slate secures to the unfinished cement pad generally without issue, states Ask the Builder. Choose a thin, noncombustible adhesive made of Portland cement, silica sand and chemical bonding agents to install slate as a hearth pad.


Granite makes an ideal wood-burning stone pad. Granite provides a striking visual accent to complement your room decor, while also serving an important function of preserving your floors. It comes in a variety of colours and patterns. Granite is a durable material that resists heat and guards your flooring surface from incurring heat damage when your wood-burning stove is in use. Install granite over an existing cement hearth or place a pre-made square granite tile pad underneath your wood-burning stove. The one drawback of granite, however, is tjat it's an expensive pad material, especially when compared with less costly slate.


Marble is sometimes used in homes as a wood-burning stove pad. It's softer than granite but harder than slate. The stone has an installation value of one, which is on the lower end of insulation materials for pads; brick is among the materials with the highest value of eight. For this reason, marble is best used with a wood-burning stove that does not require very heavy insulation. Although marble is a strong stone that tolerates heat, it tends to absorb moisture and is prone to staining.

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