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DNB 02-02-2012 08:29 AM

Fireplace Masonry - Adding stone inside the firebox
 
The bricks on the inside of my existing fireplace (a standard brick fireplace in my family room) are structurally sound, but look a bit rough. I would like to cover the bottom of the firepit with the same 12 x 12 x 3/8" stone veneer that's on the hearth. Is this advisable? i.e. Will the stone veneer withstand the heat of the fire? Is there a special mortar and grout that should be used? Any other how-to tips? Thanks.

jomama45 02-03-2012 04:50 AM

Simply put, no, cultured stone will not stand up to the heat period, not to mention it would have adverse effects on the way the fireplace operated by altering the interior dimensions of the firebox. What's wrong with the current brick?

user1007 02-03-2012 05:43 AM

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Originally Posted by jomama45 (Post 842923)
Simply put, no, cultured stone will not stand up to the heat period, not to mention it would have adverse effects on the way the fireplace operated by altering the interior dimensions of the firebox. What's wrong with the current brick?

Ditto:thumbsup: And I think it would look weird. You could convert to gas logs I suppose. But even then, depending on your firebox, you might crack your stone from heat and cooling.

DNB 02-06-2012 12:24 PM

Thanks. I agree with all of your sentiments. Much appreciated.


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