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Fireplace Hearth & Insert

Posted by chrismarie Pennsylvania (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 6, 13 at 18:07

Hello - I just joined this forum to ask opinions of those who know alot more than us on the subject of hearths. We have a 1929 house with a basement incinerator. We lined the chimney a year or so ago. It drafts very well so we are using a Harman insert. Because it's in the basement and because we have alot of other projects going on, we are going to leave the brick facing alone and just paint it and add a mantel for now. The problem is the hearth. We want to do a tiled granite or remnant granite slab but the insert, which weighs about 400 lbs, could scratch up the granite. How do you avoid this? Also, is granite able to handle the heat? Would slate be more durable than granite?

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RE: Fireplace Hearth & Insert

Granite can handle heat as long as it is heated slow and more importantly, heated evenly, but I don't think you would be having enough heat to cause a problem, at least from the hearths that I am familiar with.

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