- Wall finish behind log burner
We are having our living room skimmed on 3 walls. The chimney breast wall has been taken back to bare brick and is being boarded and finished. The plasterer has given us two options for in the fireplace where there will eventually be a log burner. He’s said either fireproof board and plaster or to render it in sand and cement.
No doubt some of you have had similar work done so I’m just wondering if anyone had any ideas as to which would be best/last longest without cracking.Posted 4 years agoBlazin-saddlesMember
Render it. Board, even fire proof will crack over time if the burner is close to it.
My mate is a Hetas installer and that’s what he suggested, obviously I ignored him and boarded it, it cracked, Im now taking the stove back out at some point and slate tiling the back instead.Posted 4 years agoslackaliceMember
When lining fireplace chambers, we use the promat supalux board. Not nice to cut with the fibres contained and the dust, however it does the job very well, can be filled and overpainted and no issues of cracking or splitting due to heat.
Expensive but no call backs, so good value all roundPosted 4 years ago
Seems like everyone has something different. Think I’m just going to go for the render. Would like to leave it bare brick but it’s a bit of a mess from where the back boiler has been put in then ripped out. There’s already a concrete hearth there but it’s flush with the floorboards so we are going to put some slate tiles on top to lift it above the expected height of the carpet.Posted 4 years agoglobaltiMember
Don’t plaster it, it WILL crack no matter what plaster you use.
Another hint: if the plasterer is patching around the edges of the aperture where the old fireplace used to be, get him to chip right back three or four feet then re-plaster. The joint between old and new plaster WILL crack with differential themal expansion and you’ll get a nice line all the way around the stover.
The stove in the picture above is crying out for a nice wood mantle. We did our by fixing it to the wall with hidden mirror plates recessed into the back.Posted 4 years ago
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