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.