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The stove installer advised me that the walls were brick and I assume he is correct (I am happy with the actual installation of the stove and hearth). As mentioned he also advised me that in his opinion it was not necessary to have the heat boards installed which is the reason I am in this predicament of having to find a further £700 for him to return and install the boards. I have not used the stove since last December as on each of the four occasions I have lit the fire more cracks kept appearing and aesthetically it is not pleasing. I am also concerned in case the plaster starts falling away.
Unfortunately I am not able myself to remove the stove to reach the area at the back.
I am grateful for the input from all the posters.
The circumstance that would have caused p'board to burst into flames would have already destroyed the house.
Technically vs reality.
IF the walls are brick, then you have little to worry about - they are more than capable of handling the ~200oC surface temp, that even then would be an extremely rare occurrence (this is radiated heat, with a constant current of fresh air flowing over it. I've tried placing my hand on the internal surfaces of sil's 'breast, and - whilst 'hot' - it was never at a temp that I couldn't keep my hand on it. That equates to, I dunno, around 60-odd degrees?). If plaster skim starts falling off, then it's only a cosmetic issue - a a dusty one. But clearly not good.
So, if that were mine, and I wanted to use it, I would. If it becomes cosmetically worse, then it'll need sorting for that reason.
Since you followed the advice of the pros, and this has been found wanting, I would suggest the fairest way forward would be for you to pay for the boards (as before), but for them to fit them foc - as before.
It's not straight-forward, tho', as in many (most?) cases, their advice could have been fine. There must be room for compromise, surely.
However, because a plasterboard wall is usually built from timber studwork, or metal framing, it's fire resistance is looked on overall as part of the walls construction.
I do realise that you want a pristine look and of course are concerned about safety but I wouldn't worry.
The material near to to the burner appears to be relatively fireproof (actual logs and kindle are often stacked nearer), so I believe external combustion is highly unlikely.
So it's down to how you want it to look, I think.
Personally, no problem.