Code question--resurfacing brick fireplace w/ wood-burning insert
Hi guys! I'm new to the forum, and I need some HELP! We are wanting to reface our lovely pinkish-colored brick fireplace. I have a couple of questions. What I'd like to do is to sheetrock the upper part of the fireplace and hang an LCD above (frame around w/ 1x2s to leave a space for cords behind the sheetrock). Is that OK to do? I've been trying to figure out the code, and it says no combustable material, and I realize sheetrock is combustable, but I am assuming that since it will be over 12" away from the opening I would be alright. Correct? As a sidenote, we never use the insert...so heat really isn't an issue, but obviously would like things done to code in case we move.
Next, we plan on squaring the opening and putting granite over the surface of the bottom area.
Am I OK to add a wood mantle over the granite? I will have about 16in of clearance from the bottom of where I want the mantle after we square the opening. I'm going to attempt to attach pics.
Thanks in advance for the help!!!!