You can use it behind a wood stove, just remember to be careful with it because it is flammable.
I would say 10-11 boxes to be safe and account for a little waste.
Yes, you want to weather proof it first so it will last longer.
Hi Chellie, for 96 square feet of wall space you would need to buy 10 boxes.
I live in Colorado. I did not see a need to put a gap between the boards. So long as this is installed indoors, there is nothing to worry about.
Yes, we recommend sanding and then sealing it with a water-based sealer, no worries about the gaps, it is kiln dried and not going to move or buckle.
I would not recommend using this product in an outside application. Unless it was going to be kept dry. The product is aged wood with no sealant or protection. The wood has nail holes and other in perfections but these would not stand up to an outdoor environment. In my opinion.
No these are meant to be mounted on the wall for a rustic look. The pieces are random sizes and are too thin for shelving.
At the Home Depot stores that we are located in, you will find a ring with about eight different 12-inch samples hanging at the display. Those will give you an idea of the look and colors that you can expect from a box if you were to buy one.