Choose your Hearth
Whether it’s a free-standing stove or a recessed fireplace, The Kent Stove Company offers a wide range of hearths in a choice of stone and glass. There’s also a choice of styles and finishes.
Free Standing Stove Hearths
For freestanding stoves we normally recommend 20mm thick stone or 12mm toughened glass. Some stoves are quoted as being suitable for a 12mm thick hearth and some – due to the heat below – require a Constructional hearth (much thicker). Hearths need to be of a minimum size to meet building regulations.
Hearth Style Choices
Glass, which is toughened and hard-wearing, can be very effective for freestanding stoves. It still, however, needs a little care against hard objects dropped on the edges. We normally recommend against clear glass. It looks great to begin with but when the dust and dog hair start to collect underneath...
In matching colours?
We are able to get standard smoked glass or glass in any colour, even to match the stove. We installed one recently in white glass to match a white stove. This is done by application of a colour match coating on the underside of the glass.
While there is a huge range of types and colours out there, we offer a standard selection of around 8-10. Others are available on request.
Pretty much any colour and type of stone can be used for gas and electric fires. For solid fuel and wood-burning stoves and fires, however, we recommend the more hard-wearing materials in darker colours. Remember the hearth will have continuous contact with fire tongs, pokers, buckets, soot and ash. Even the best stone sealants will eventually break down and expose the lighter, softer stones to stains, nicks and scratches. Honed or polished granite are good choices.
Samples of most in our showrooms