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Old 08-12-2011, 07:09 PM   #1
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We have a used heatilator that we want to turn into an outdoor fireplace. We want to install cultured stone to the metal exterior. Can this work and can we do it with regular exterior thinset, if not, suggestions please?

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We have a used heatilator that we want to turn into an outdoor fireplace. We want to install cultured stone to the metal exterior. Can this work and can we do it with regular exterior thinset, if not, suggestions please?
Contact the manufacturer as to the advisability of moving this unit to the exterior.

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Old 08-14-2011, 04:56 PM   #3
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Not a good idea for a number of reasons, with the two major ones being:

- The steel expands/contracts a great amount when it heats & subsequently cools back down. The stone will not last much longer than a fire or two.

- The stone will get so hot, they will be dangerous to be near.


The safer approach is to build a concrete block surround around all sides of it first, and apply the stone veneer to this. Even this approach takes a little background though. Try searching for a install manual for a "heatilator", "vestal-air", "hutch", etc..... I think you should be able to find one online to give you a good idea how it can be done safely.
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Thank you so much for your advice. We will do some more research.
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:14 PM   #5
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It has to be wrapped with masonry on the exterior, but the most important fact is that it won't last long outside. Hot metal rusts quickly.
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