Can you put a TV above a log burner, wood stove, or wood-burning fireplace?
Yes, you can put a TV over these major heat sources, but it’s generally not advisable to do so.
However, anything’s possible if you take the time to set it up correctly and take appropriate caution. It’s also best to get a professional in to get their advice in order to avoid any fire danger.
Here’s what you need to keep in mind.
TV Above Log Burner
There are some log burners and wood stoves that should never have a TV placed above them, and many for which would be impossible to do so.
For example, my log burner has an exposed flue going up into the ceiling – it’s not set back in an old fireplace cavity as in the image above.
Also, my wood-burning stove puts out an exceptional amount of heat from the top of the unit – it would destroy a TV after a single use.
However, when the wood stove is set back into the wall, as in the image above, it might be possible to put a TV above it.
One way to test whether or not the space above your fireplace or wood stove is suitable for a TV is to test out the temperature with a laser temperature gun while it’s burning.
If the temperature is under 100°F or 37°C then it’s likely you will be able to put a TV above it, but if the temperature is higher than that, it’s probably best to find another space.
If the space above your burner is too hot it will not only warp and destroy your TV but will also be a fire danger.
TV Above Wood Burning Fireplace
The same goes with fireplaces – some will work with a TV above while others will not.
In the image above, you can see that this wood-burning fireplace has a TV stand designed into the actual structure. The TV is recessed into the chimney space and flush with the fireplace.
It’s also surrounded by stone which will insulate the TV from the heat.
A wall-hung TV will be exposed to much more heat than the one pictured above.
Again, it’s just a matter of working out the heat that the TV will need to endure, looking at the manufacturer’s instructions, and possibly talking to a professional.
An open fireplace does not usually put out as much heat as a fireplace insert, and every model is different.
Special casings can be built to protect the TV and keep it from being affected by the heat as well. Also, a fireplace mantel can be used to deflect some of the rising heat away from coming up under the TV.
Alternatively, electric fireplaces do not put out as much heat as a wood-burning stove or fireplace and the heat is often fan-forced out into the room. Putting a TV above these is usually fine to do.
TV Above Gas Fireplace
Check out this video to see examples of TVs over gas fireplaces.
One great way to overcome the problems of having a TV over a fireplace like this is to have the heat vented out from the top.
Obviously, installing this type of setup is much more involved and expensive, but if you want the best of the best, that’s the way to go.
The downside of having the fireplace vent so high is that it can take longer to heat the room.
TV Over Wood Stove FAQs
How far away should a TV be from a wood stove?
The exact distance will depend on your wood stove or log burner as some put out a lot more heat than others.
Generally speaking, a minimum of 3 – 4 feet or 1 meter is ideal.
If you have a small log burner in your shed you might be able to put it slightly closer.
How can you protect a TV from fireplace heat?
There are plenty of ideas throughout this post, but here they are summarized.
- Buy or build a heat resistant case for the TV
- Install a fireplace mantel to help disperse and protect from direct heat
- Put the TV an appropriate distance from the heat
- Recess the TV into the wall
- Convert your fireplace to gas or electric which have more options for dispersing heat
Have you considered an electric fireplace TV stand?
How far above a fireplace should a TV be mounted?
It’s more about temperature than distance – if the area you want to mount the TV is under 100°F then it should be alright.
However, always consult with a pro for accurate information on your particular situation. Every fireplace, log burner, TV, and home is different.
How do you hide wires from TV above fireplace?
If you are able to take the wires through the drywall then this is the best option to completely hide them – and it should protect them better from the heat.
Alternatively, a cord cover kit might be your best bet!
Is mounting a TV above a fireplace too high?
It depends on your situation – maybe or maybe not!
Many people do find that they have to hang their TV at such a height that it’s too uncomfortable on the neck to watch, and so choose another position.
TVs should be mounted around eye level when you’re sitting down.
How do you hang a TV over a fireplace without studs?
Toggle anchors are a good way to hang TVs on walls without studs.
What’s the minimum clearance around a wood-burning stove?
3 -4 feet, but less with mini wood stoves and burners.
Always talk to your wood stove and TV salesman for full details.
Fireplace Under TV
So whether you want a wood stove, log burner, or fireplace under your TV, there are plenty of options out there.
It’s always important to get specific advice for your situation as it can affect the warranty of your appliances and even your home insurance. Always err on the side of caution when it comes to heat and electrics!
Check out the tiniest wood stove in the world here and let me know how close you think you could put a TV to this model!