A pellet stove is a device that burns wood pellets to heat a home or building. They are very similar to traditional wood burning stoves except that the wood is compacted into small pieces and thus burns much cleaner. Because they use fire to burn the wood, pellet stoves can get very hot. Thus, a floor pad is placed underneath the stove to prevent it from burning and damaging the flooring. Pellet stove pads are available for purchase, but you can make your own at a much lesser cost.
Things You'll Need
- 3/4 inch plywood
- Tile adhesive
- Ceramic tiles, 12 inches by 12 inches
- Tile grout
- Damp cloth
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Cut a 3/4-inch thick piece of plywood into a 4-feet-wide by 4-feet-long shape.
Open a container of tile adhesive and scoop some onto a trowel. Spread the tile adhesive onto the top of the plywood in a thin, even layer. Spread the adhesive all the way to the edges of the plywood.
Place one 12-inch-by-12-inch ceramic tile into the upper left corner of the plywood and align it evenly with the edge of the plywood. Push down gently on top of the ceramic tile to press it into the adhesive.
Continue placing ceramic tiles on top of the plywood in the same manner until the entire surface of the plywood is covered. Fit the tiles as close together as possible.
Allow the adhesive to dry for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer.
Spread tile grout over the gaps in the tile using a trowel. Completely fill the center gaps with grout.
Wipe the surface of the tiles with a damp cloth to remove the grout from the surface of the tiles.
Allow the grout to dry for 24 hours and then place the stove pad underneath the pellet stove.