I have a drop ceiling in most areas of my basement. The previous owners did not complete the job over top of where the wood stove is, and around the brick chimney behind the stove. I don't think this looks nice, plus I am sure a lot of heat ends up going between the drop ceiling and the floor above, and gets trapped there.
If installed, the drop ceiling would be further than the minimum clearance to combustibles relative to the stove pipe connecting into the chimney (8" vertically above the stove pipe).
If it matters, the chimney flue has a inner SS liner, wrapped in a ceramic blanket. I am fairly sure there are concrete blocks around that, and decorative bricks around that.
Question: Is there a safety/codes reason why this job was not completed? Can I just run the track for the drop ceiling around and mounted to the brick chimney?
Only reason that I can imagine is that there is a small risk that a drop ceiling tile falls down on the operating stove...?