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Fireplace installation

December 15, 2008

As I mentioned in my last post, our fireplace glass and screen arrived .   After several years putting up the chimney, it seemed but a small matter to install the frame and glass doors so we will at last be able to have our first fire.

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When ordering, one selects dimensions slightly larger than the opening to allow decorative overlap.   My challenge was that the drystack stones of the fireplace and chimney were irregular in projection, especially over the fireplace itself as the steel lintel and bolts embedded in the mortar created an additional 1/2″ projection.   When the fireplace frame was set against this projection and held plumb, there were 2″-3″ gaps along the sides.

To resolve, I used a segmented diamond wheel in a 4-1/2 angle grinder to cut a relief into the stone and lintel so that the frame could be installed with only a 1/2″ – 1″  irregular gap to fill with mortar along the sides.    In the picture below, the degree of embedment can be seen.  Some of the stones were sliced pretty thin – just like deli meat.    The cutting produces a lot of dust, but having a helper hold the hose of a shop vac within a couple inches of the right side of the grinder dramatically reduced the mess created by the dust and grit.

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I trimmed the stones on the corners and think it turned out fairly well.      A more authentic look would have been achieved if I had ordered and installed this frame as I built the stone up around it.  That way, whole  stones would have been fitted to the frame and the corners would not have been cut into a single stone.   I would have then set the lintel just above the frame.   

However, since the doors can fold up and out 180 degrees to either side,  if the stones were allowed to project beyond the plane of the frame, then the glass could potentially contact and be scratched or broken by the stone.   They do not as I have installed it.  So, perhaps all worked out for the best.

I’m fairly pleased with  the appearance, finish and functionality of the end result.     I’m waiting a couple days to let the mortar fully cure, but can’t wait to throw some logs in and enjoy our first fire.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2008 5:03 pm

    That’s great man – the final touch on a rather long project. I bet that’ll be a nice evening when you can sit back to a lit fire and enjoy your hard work 🙂

  2. December 16, 2008 12:33 am

    Wow! That looks great Mark!

  3. December 17, 2008 4:42 am

    mark, no one will notice except you, your wife, and anyone reading this blog. 😛

    kidding… it looks great! 😀   that must have been a nerve-wracking session with the angle grinder though! 😯

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