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Old 04-04-2009, 07:25 AM   #16
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Great job Dan!


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Old 04-16-2009, 06:35 PM   #17
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Thanks to all of you for the nice comments.

I apologize for not replying sooner! I've been extremely busy and just haven't had time to browse the forum. Hopefully, my answers are still valid.

Seminole Mike said,

Two questions....1) The floor is concrete slab. Can I put the Granite hearth directly on the concrete slab or should I put down plywood or microboard and then put the granote on top of that? What type of adhesive should I use to attach the Granite? 2) I couldnt tell from the pictures, what type of edge was on the granite slab used for the hearth? Thanks.
Granite can be set right on the concrete slab. The two things you need to be aware of is the thickness of the slab relative to any surrounding flooring (laminate, tile, etc.) If you need to build up the height under the slab, you can either put down a dry-pack mud bed or a piece of Hardi board. The Hardi should be set to the concrete (and the granite to the Hardi or dry-pack) with modified thinset. The other issue is to ensure that the concrete is level under where the slab is going. If not, apply some self-levelling compound (SLC) to ensure a good substrate.

The edge was a simple straight edge with a micro chamfer. I got the granite from my supplier with the edges unfinished and polished them myself.

Scuba Dave,

It's a straight wood-burning fireplace, no inserts.


I cleaned the inside of the box with a wire brush and TSP and many, many rags!! I painted it with Rustoleum High-Heat grill paint. It comes in spray cans. It took 2 cans to do the job.

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Old 04-17-2009, 09:50 AM   #18
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Usually as a mason, I frown on covering old brick up, but your new FP looks great! FYI, there is a product made by Alsey that is a firebrick stain that is intended for fireboxes, in case the paint doesn't hold up. It can usually be ordered thru most masonry suppliers.


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