There are vents/cirulation fans to blow hot air into the room, but they don't work (we've checked and there's no electricity running to the on/off switch on the wall, but that could be a whole other post in the electrical area!). These vents are located 16" above the fireplace opening, but to the outside edges of the opening (so they are not directly over the opening).
Now the question part....Can I add a wood mantle over the fireplace opening by drilling into the stone, or will the stone crack? All I want is a big chunk of wood, very rustic looking, nothing fancy. Any suggestions on what size wood and how to attach it? (Think it would look funny to use column/supports on the sides due to the 12" high hearth...would make everything feel miniature size.)
Also,I would imagine there are some sort of recommendations for space between top of opening and the wood? Any ideas on what those are or where to find out?
Thanks for your help.