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How to Install a Marble Hearth and Wooden Fireplace Surround

Follow these steps to refresh your fireplace with a marble hearth and wooden fire surround.

Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

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Surround Kits

This type of surround is normally sold in kit form. Manufacturers generally offer a range of mantel shelves, back panels and hearths, so you can choose which combination you prefer. If you are replacing an existing surround for a working fire, check that the new fire surround is compatible with the fire type. Some surrounds are designed for ornamental use and may not be heat-resistant. Building regulations state that fire surrounds for working fires need a superimposed, or outer hearth, which is at least 2 inches thick, and extends at least 1 foot from the front of the fire. Before purchasing a new fire surround, check the dimensions of your opening and make sure new items will fit. Depending on the fireplace type you have, the inner hearth may also need to be built up to bring it to the same level as the outer hearth that you have installed.

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