09:18AM | 10/18/06
Member Since: 09/27/05
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I have a brick faced fireplace. I want to tile over it. Can I just apply thin set over and apply the tile. I also want to tile a 1x3 area in front of the fireplace. It is already tiled, I am going to rip that tile up and retile it. Again just using thin set and tiling it. I am installing a wood burning insert what kind of tile can I use since it is going to be near a heat source.


02:45PM | 10/18/06
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
Knock down any high spots on the bricks with a hammer and chisel. apply a scratch coat of modified thinset to the bricks, filling in the mortar joints so the who;e surface is as smooth as you can get it, it will make setting the tiles on the wall much easier. After the scratch coat dries you can set the tile. You will need a support bridge across the top for the tiles to rest on while the thinset sets up overnight. Usually a straight 1x3 screwed into the wall works well.

Get the floor as smooth as possible also.

Look for a porcelain tile. They can handle the high heat, as can most tile, but the weight of the stove will require the tile under it be floor rated. Size of the tile is your choice.


02:48PM | 10/18/06
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
Ooops, I just saw you said insert, not freestanding. Go with the floor rated tile anyway, use it on the walls and in front of the fireplace.
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