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sonic_loser 11-01-2007 11:28 PM

fireplace framing
I'm putting in a 4-sided island fireplace in the middle of a 18ft vaulted ceiling room. I'd like to know of a good and solid way to frame above the fireplace as the fireplace is not load bearing.
I've talked to some framers that don't recommend the fireplace but I like the look of the 4 sided fireplace. They said it wouldn't be strong enough and quite flimsy.
I would obviously need to hang the framing from the ceiling but would something like angle iron instead of 2x4s be an alternative?
Any ideas would be welcome.

Chris Johnson 11-02-2007 12:35 AM

Steel framing preferrably 18g framing studs, not drywall studs (usually 20 or 25g).

Depending on your location you may need to special order the 18g.

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