DIY Sheet Metal Behind a Stove

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Installing sheet metal behind a wood stove creates a barrier to protect the wall and reduce fire risks.
Installing sheet metal behind a wood stove creates a barrier to protect the wall and reduce fire risks. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Wood stoves provide a cost effective way to heat homes. You can save money by cutting and storing wood yourself. Installing sheet metal with the correct clearances behind a wood stove can prevent radiant heat from igniting combustible materials in the wall, which could result in a house fire. The sheet metal is mounted with Z-shaped brackets, leaving a 2-inch gap between the wall and metal.These brackets can be crafted by a metal craftsman.

Things You'll Need

  • 28-gauge sheet metal
  • Tape measure
  • Shears
  • Felt marker
  • Power drill
  • Z-shaped sheet metal brackets
  • Wall anchors
  • 4 3/8-inch bolts and nuts
  • Adjustable wrench

Cut a 28-gauge piece of sheet metal to a minimum of 36-by-48 inches using shears; these measurements may vary with the building code enforcement agency in different areas. Cutting sheet metal may be a job best suited to a professional sheet metal shop because cut sheet metal has rough, sharp edges.

Measure 2-by-2 inches on each corner of the sheet metal and make marks with a felt marker, which will leave a more visible mark on sheet metal than a pen or pencil.

Drill a 3/8-inch hole with a power drill in each of the four corner marks.

Center the sheet metal on the wall behind the stove, keeping the bottom of the sheet a minimum of 2 inches off the floor. Hold a Z-shaped bracket up to the sheet metal lined up the the corner holes; mark the wall to correspond with the location of the second hole on the bracket and then remove the sheet metal for now.

Mount the Z-shaped sheet metal brackets to the wall with the wall anchors. Choose the appropriate type of wall anchors for the wall material.

Line the sheet metal up with the brackets and secure it with four 3/8-inch bolts. Slide the bolts through the drilled holes and tighten the nuts with an adjustable wrench.

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