There used to be wood paneling behind the standing stove but the old owners at some point removed it in lieu of the distaster you see in the picture. Is there something that I can put that will blend with the rest of the wood paneling well? We are painting the wood white so if there is a fire rated drywall or something like this that would be great.
Further strange discovery, the cement backerboard (painted white for some reason) had an artificial gap between it and the drywall behind it using two large nuts.
As far as I understand, if a noncombustible material is used on the wall (even screwed directly in the studs) and the stove is 10'' away from the wall then it is according to code. Is this correct?