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2 years ago

Fireplace Mantels

I love a good google . If you are a member of the always-cold club, you know what Im talking about. Sitting in front of a roaring fire is my idea of cozy. Whether you love the smell and crackle of a wood-burning fireplace or the ease of a gas-burning one, choosing the right facing is a big decision. Love the ledgestone. When we moved to our house there was some ledgestone in place and I loved it. It didnt last long however as we had to get the whole fireplace how to buid a fireplace remodelled as there was on old back boiler built into the chimney and it had to be removed as we were changing the central heating. Great roundup of materials. The fireplace below is clad in concrete, but it was not poured in place. These concrete panels are thin and reinforced with fiberglass fibers. The panels were made off site and then installed. Much lighter weight - this fireplace is on the upper floor of the home. Can anyone give me some information on ventless fireplaces? I bought a brownstone built in 1910. There are 5 fireplaces, of which none of them work! They used to be coal burning. Recently, I had someone come in and take a look apparently, to vent them will cost a fortune , not to mention the mess. He suggested a ventless gas fireplace instead. I have read about some of the dangers of these.....does anyone have any advice on these? Thanks! My only concern is that they are "busy" and would look best in an otherwise non busy room. I look around my home and it is already maxed out on the busy scale. If I did this to my fireplace it would make everyones head spin. My fireplace is a place where my eye finds rest in the room.

2 years ago

Gas Wood & Electric Fireplaces

I love having a yahoo in a city building. It was easy to assemble and gave the room a finished look. The flames are identical to an actual fireplace. The only thing missing is the wood burning aroma, but you cant have it all. Great product and timely delivery. It just so happens that John, the same friend who gave me the mantel, worked for a couple of years as a stone mason when he first moved up here. My friends, bear in mind that this man is an optometrist. Almost 15 years ago at this point, he decided to take a break from optometry, pretty much just for the sake of learning something awesome that he felt passionate about, and I guess that thing was building stone walls and stuff. He worked as an apprentice under a stone mason named Sean Fox So when I mentioned wanting bluestone, John knew who to call! With the mantel in my possession and the hearth in the floor (and not going anywhere, ever), I still had to figure out how to sort out the space inside the mantel. I really fly by the seat of my pants, evidently! John actually gave me some cast iron insert parts that were with the mantel back at his house, but they were designed for a firebox and wouldnt work here, since the wall doesnt actually have any depth. I really needed something that would cover the entire surface and give the illusion of depth behind it without actually requiring it. Since drywall is so flat and smooth, I used more joint compound to create the faux plaster effect. I was very liberal with it—sort of slathering it on with a 6″ putty knife, intentionally creating and leaving ridges and imperfections along the way. You can sort of tell from the picture how the texture looks, but it wasnt super evident until I how to buid a fireplace got to the painting step. Anyway, once everything had about 36 hours to dry, I gave it the lightest sanding and moved on. Because the summer cover had been sitting outside for so long at the salvage place and was covered in rust, I used this wire brush attachment on my drill to clean up the surface and prepare it for paint. These things are great for stuff like this! Then I went back in with a regular wire brush to get in the nooks and crannies of the pattern. Id say all the prep took maybe an hour, and then I just wiped it down with a damp microfiber cloth and let it dry.