Hearths

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.

A “D” Shaped Hearth in Smoked Glass for a free standing stove

Fireplace Hearths

If you have an existing open fireplace you will generally require both a front and a rear hearth. This will generally be of stone or perhaps brick. Again there are regulations on minimum size to meet regulations.

A Boxed & Lipped Honed Granite Hearth into an open fireplace

Hearth Style Choices

A Standard Hearth with square corners and bevelled edge
A Boxed & Lipped Hearth with square corners
Hearths can be made to order in most shapes
Hearths can be made to order in most shapes
A 20mm Teardrop Hearth in Honed Granite for free standing stove
A 20mm Bespoke Corner Hearth in Polished Granite for free standing stove
A boxed and lipped Sandstone Hearth for a fireplace
A clear semi-circular 12mm Hearth for a double-sided stove

Hearth Materials

Glass

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.

Stone

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.

Stone Chart

Samples of most in our showrooms

Honed Granite. Very hard wearing, almost matt black
Polished Black Granite. Hard wearing, shiny finish, black
Steel Grey Granite. A lighter coloured hard wearing Granite with a smooth finish
Steel Grey Leathered. A lighter coloured hard wearing Granite with a textured finish
Honed Slate. Smooth, matt finish. Quite hard wearing but easily scratched
Riven Slate. A relatively hard wearing lightly textured slate. Quite hard wearing but easily scratched
Polished Carara. Smooth, shiny finish. A light coloured Marble. Not as hard as Granite or Slate. Can stain quite easily.
Honed Carara. Matt, shiny finish. A light coloured Marble. Not as hard as Granite or Slate. Can stain quite easily.
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