In Australia we call a hearth the piece of non-combustable material that sits under a freestanding heater or at the front of an inbuilt heater to protect the timber or carpet floor. There are many styles available including stone of various types, glass hearths, tile and slate hearths. Apart from the obvious safety aspects, a hearth adds the asthetic edge and so many modern gas heaters are installed with a floor or floating hearth even when there is no requirement to do so. All woodheaters do require a hearth when the floor is a combustible material.

You can build your own hearth out of brick or tiles if you're handy.

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The word 'hearth' has different meanings in different countries but here in Australia we refer to the protective, non combustible surface on which we place a slow combustion wood heater or the front floor section of an open fire. A fireplace hearth is required if you are installing a wood heater on a timber or carpet floor. Most gas heaters do not require a hearth but you may want to use one anyway.


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