This story shows you the steps for tiling a stove enclosure.
A wood or gas stove brings warmth and a touch of the old-fashioned into a family room or den. If you're considering a stove, decide whether you will treat it as an addition to your design or as a reason to completely redecorate the space.
Your first concern is how and where to vent the unit, followed by aesthetic considerations. Do you want the stove to be housed in a three-sided enclosure or simply set against a wall with a tiled base and rear heat shield? A corner-stove installation can fit right into the current design scheme of the room without requiring major alterations.
Using the manufacturer's specifications and any requirements set by local codes, draw a dimensional plan of the stove location. Don't scrimp on the size of the space. Large areas of tile look attractive and are easy to clean -- a backdrop and base of about 54 inches is a good place to start. Make sure the floor structure can hold the combined weight of the stove and tiled base.
Stove base: four to six hours; heat shield: three to four hours
Hammer, tape measure, 4-foot level, stud finder, cordless drill, notched and margin trowels, float, carbide scoring tool, circular saw, snap cutter or wet saw, chalk line
Measuring; cutting, setting, grouting tile
Remove carpet and padding, remove/repair wood flooring
Mortar, backerboard, joint tape, tile, grout, hat channel, strapping, screws, shim, tile spacers, plywood, lumber
Set the backerboard on the mortared plywood and fasten it with backerboard screws at no more than 8-inch intervals. Tape any joints in the backerboard, fill with compound, and sand. If the layout requires edge tiles, snap chalk lines on the backerboard as guides for the tile layout.
Spread and comb mortar on the backerboard to the layout lines. Set the tiles flush with the edges. Begin setting whole tiles in a corner and work outward. If the layout has edge tiles, set field tiles, then edges. Back-butter bullnose or trim tiles for the sides of the platform. Grout the joints.