Slate or porcelain tile for the wood stove surround?

4 days ago
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We are debating between using Brazilian black natural slate or a slate look-alike porcelain tile for our wood stove surround. Is slate really hard to keep nice looking, even if sealed? My other half is worried about scratches and ash and frequent refinishing. If you recommend going with porcelain look-alike, does anyone have recommendations of a good look-alike? Brand? Style? If going with slate, how often do you have to reseal? This will be a full working wood stove, burning daily, so lots of debris. The first two photos are just examples of what the surround would look like. The bottom photo shows a wood stove, more like our setup.


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Comments (5)

  • branson4020

    One of my stoves sits on slate and the other on tile. No difference in durability or maintenance.

  • jalarse

    Two of my fireplaces are slate surrounds and slate hearths. After almost 18 years their fine. Even the master bath shower is slate. One thing we were told is to seal the slate before we used the grout. We were told slate is very porous and would absorb the color of the grout if it wasn’t sealed before hand. We did and their were no problems. Best of luck to you.

    Sara thanked jalarse
  • Sara

    Thank you for your responses! We will definitely seal first. We thought the slate would scratch and show ash badly. It sounds like that is not such an issue for either of you.

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    Patricia Colwell Consulting

    You need to know what is required in your place IMO all areas have different rules and in some places wood stoves are not being installed at all. Where are you putting the wood stove in that space ?

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  • Sara

    Hi Patricia, Our wood stove is going into our great room area. It is 28 x 17, with a peaked roof that maxes out at 17 feet high. The hearth (3.5 x 6) is raised 15 inches and the stove will sit on that with all of the required distances between the stove and both combustible and non-combustible surfaces. The hearth/stove will be at the end of the room, centered so that the stove pipe exits at the peak of the ceiling.

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