I have an antique French stove that came with my property. The previous owners had used it but it was clear that the installation was unlikely to comply with any regulations as it sat directly on sisal carpet, which was on top of wooden floorboards! There was no scorching so the bottom of the stove clearly does not get hot and it has a kind of built in hearth - see photo here:
I have just replaced the roof and installed a new chimney and am now planning to reinstall it properly. I am thinking of putting a slate hearth between it and the wooden floorboards but am not sure if that will be sufficient to meet French regulations? I don’t want to give the insurance sharks an opportunity to invalidate our insurance. Anybody know where I can find details of the regulations? Any suggestions or advice? Many thanks.