Surround around fireplace opening

maxdelJune 30, 2008

I am in the process of removing the 1980s fireplace surround that goea all the way to the ceiling. It is slow going but I hope to be done by next weekend.

Above the mantel I am planning on having just drywall but what should I have under the tile that is to around immediately around the opening? I don't know what burns and what does not; so what do you suggest?

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You are right to be concerned about putting something combustible too close to the firebox. That would be a fire hazard. You can use brick, tile, metal (black cast iron is a good idea because it goes with so many styles.)

I would Google fireplace surround or mantel. You'll get a whole lot of websites and interesting ideas.

At some point,it might be a good idea to have a chimney expert look at your project to make sure you have planned the right clearances between the firebox and combustible surfaces. If you haven't had your chimney cleaned, I would hire a chimney sweep who can give you that kind of advice.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 3:33PM
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The fireplace has not been used so it has not been cleaned. I have most of the equipment for it but havenÂt hard the time and it is not a priority. This is mostly a cosmetic change but one that I don't want to cause problems in the future. We have to redo almost the entire house on a limited budget so I can't hire a contractor for everything.

I am in the process of pulling the brick off the fireplace. I would like to put tile around the firebox but should it adhere to? I would expect particle board, plywood or drywall to be bad choices which is why I asked.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2008 at 8:28AM
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