Can I Use Tiles Around My Wood Burner?
Short answer: Yes, absolutely, but we would recommend using porcelain tiles or hardier floor-suitable ceramic tiles, which are very heat resistance. We'd also recommend using Palace Heat Resistant Adhesive, and keeping a gap of 6 inches around the back and sides of your stove.
Above: Black Scintilla Tiles
Long answer to 'Can I use tiles around my wood burner?':
You can absolutely use tiles around the back and sides of your wood burner. However, we recommend using porcelain tiles, which are very heat resistant. Most wood burning stoves have insulation blocks in the back and sides to minimise the heat escaping, and there should also be a minimum of 150mm (6 inches) around the back and the side of the stove for ventilation. So the heat coming into contact with the tiles, shouldn’t be too great.
We would recommend a heat resistant tile adhesive such as the Palace Heat Resistant Adhesive, onto a good solid surface. If for any reason the inner walls of the chimney are not in a good enough condition (e.g. crumbling or uneven), we’d advise that Calcium Silicate Heat resistant boards would be a good solution to give you a suitable surface to tile onto.
Which tiles look best behind a wood burner or fireplace?
If you're installing a wood burner or stove in your living area, and you'd like to use tiles as a backdrop surrounding it, then we recommend choosing porcelain tiles, which are heat resistant. But there are so many porcelain tiles to choose from - so which would look best?
If you love keeping up with the latest interior design trends, then one thing we've spotted at home styling shows lately is textured surfaces. Plain, flat, smooth surfaces are out - obsolete. It's all about injecting a textured look into your interiors these days, which helps to add a more interesting, characterful, eye-catching finish. So our advice? Introduce textured tiles to your fireplace. Stoves and wood burners tend to give off a warm glow, which would really help to accentuate the texture on your tiles; casting shadows, and highlighting certain sections.
Above: Rustic Split Face Tiles
Of all porcelain textured designs, split face effect tiles are probably the best. They create the illusion of strips of natural slate that have been cut to different heights, widths and thicknesses, to create a staggered, multi-leveled display. They're also great for injecting the natural look into an interior space; another major trend.
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