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04:35AM | 03/16/04
Member Since: 03/14/04
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I want to install travertine in front of my fireplace. The rest of the room is getting hardwood. Should I just run the plywood underlayment all the way up to the fireplace, or would you recommend a non-flammable underlayment in front of the fireplace?

The fireplace is a pre-fab wood-burning. The bottom of the opening is about six inches higher than the floor.


06:55PM | 03/16/04
Member Since: 03/15/04
28 lifetime posts
I wouldn't be concerned about the underlay being fireproof...the stone won't burn and wouldn't get hot enough to ignite anything under it. Be more concerned that you're providing enough support for the stone to prevent cracking. I would recommend that you use a backerboard such as Wonderboard or Hardibacker for the simple fact that they will provide much more stability than a plywood underlay. Hope this helps.


02:17PM | 11/27/09
Member Since: 11/26/09
1 lifetime posts
I have a similar question. I have an insert in my pre-fab fireplace. The front of the stove extends out beyond the front of the fireplace abot eight inches.The front of the stove is approximately seven inches above the sub floor. I used a hearth pad with risers to support the front of the stove. Both pads had tiles on top of wood. Both pads had the wood burn out from the heat. So my question is if I put hardiboard on the sub-floor and then either poured a concrete hearth or had a piece of granite cut, would this be safe?

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