Is there a minimum dim,. for the clearance of a wood stove to a hallway or a door?
I decided to use one-and two family dwelling as the occupancy to start this discussion since wood stoves are typically install in that occupancy.
In terms of the NFPA codes and standards, Section 24.6.1 of the 2018 NFPA 101 (LSC) requires the stove location not to make the hallway no less than 36 inches clear width or as approved by the AHJ.
The location of the stove must allow the doors of a means of escape to swing fully open to comply with Section 188.8.131.52 not to be less than 28 inches wide.
In addition, I interpret Section 184.108.40.206 requirements for the primary means of escape from the dwelling to be unobstructed travel. No stove or combustion heater to be located that block escape in case of fire caused by the malfunction of the stove ore heater.
In other words, Section 220.127.116.11 the 2018 NFPA 1 Fire Code requires in every occupied building the means of egress from all parts of the building to maintained free and unobstructed. This requires some experienced judgement to apply this code because all detailed situations are not prescribed in the code. To me, a malfunctioning wood stove must not block the egress from the building.
I recommend you get current copy of NFPA 101 and NFPA 1 and review it for your application, and consult your local codes on the issue.
To read NFPA 101 and other NFPA Codes and Standards you can register and get free access to them at List of NFPA Codes and Standards
The requirements of the Life Safety Code are typically followed by the ICC codes, or they typically could be used as a basis for equivalencies to the ICC codes per the AHJ approvals.
Please let me if this was helpful. I would be happy to continue a discussion with you.
Thanks for answering my question Milt, it is our new log cabin we are
building that I am concerned about. I can meet all of the clearance needs
that are required with the lit. that came with the wood stove. The problem
arose when fireplace/woodstove installer said the we couldn't put the stove
so close to the hallway and french door. Your mention of intent of NFPA 211
is to have safe egress and we meet that as there are door access available
at either side of stove. After more discussion with installer he now thinks
it may be OK.
Again thanks for the input.
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