Ember Defender Heat Protection

Ember Defender Steel Hearth Pads

Our apologies in advance. Due to the availability and rising cost of steel, our Ember Defenders will fluctuate in price over the coming months.

The American Panel Hearth Products Ember Defender has seen tremendous growth in the last few years and for more reasons than simply being less expensive. We build our Ember Defenders with a heavy gauge steel (10 gauge) to prevent bowing, a common issue, in addition to curling, that occurs with cheaper hearth pads. We also powder coat both sides. If your hearth pad does arrive with a scratch, it can be flipped over to what we hope will be a flawless finish.

Many customers move to this hearth pad, as it is easy to get along with in your home. Since it is only 1/8" thick, it is not a trip hazard, especially for an installation that may require your hearth pad to extend into a natural walkway. This is also helpful if your home has family members in a wheelchair or using a walker.

This is a Type 1 (Ember Protection Only) product and will not work if your stove requires the hearth pad to provide thermal protection. Fortunately, more and more stove manufacturers are building products that require Ember Protection.

NOTE: The steel hearth pads have two small holes (approx. 5mm in diameter) along the back edge due to the manufacturing process.

Type 1 Heat Protection

All wood, pellet, coal and corn stoves require a hearth protector.

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Features & Benefits

  • Provides excellent Type 1 protection.
  • Heavy gauge powder-coated steel.
  • No removal of carpeting required.
  • Listed to UL 1618 tested protection for your family’s safety/security.
  • Ground strap kit available if needed.
  • Manufactured in the USA.

Color Options

The Ember Defender steel hearth pad is available in black, which is slightly textured and the same on both sides. The Ember Defender is also available with an Artisan finish, done by lightly grinding the steel and applying heat to one side. When complete, a clear powder-coat is applied to both sides. The result is one side will have more of a Bronze/Blue color, and the other will have more of a Blue/Bronze color. No two will ever be the same.

Update - Our Artisan Bronze finished hearth pads are temporarily unavailable.

Shapes & Size Options

Our steel hearth pads are offered in the most popular sizes and shapes. Please consult your stove owner’s manual to determine the clearance requirements of your stove. Your hearth pad dealer can then help you choose the most appropriate pad size and shape.

Update - Please choose from the shapes and sizes below. At this time we are only able to make standard and corner cut steel pads. Please do not order square or octagon shapes. 


12 x 4812485 1⁄2
18 x 4818485 11⁄16

Extension Hearth Pad Diagram

Corner (SL)ABCD
32 x 3232321239 1⁄4
36 x 3636361244 7⁄8
40 x 4040401250 9⁄16
48 x 4848481560 3⁄8

Corner Hearth Pad Diagram

Standard (DL)ABC
24D x 36W24365 11⁄16
32 x 3232325 11⁄16
36 x 3636365 11⁄16
40 x 4040408 1⁄2
48D x 40W48408 1⁄2
48 x 48484810 5⁄8

Standard Hearth Pad Diagram