Mantle shelf proportions


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Old 12-08-07, 09:55 AM
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Question Mantle shelf proportions

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I have a fireplace with no mantle or mantle shelf. It is surrounded by brick. I believe a mantle shelf would improve it's looks, but I don't know the 'rule of thumb' for how long the mantle shelf should be, nor the heigth from the top of the fireplace opening.

Can you help?
 
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Old 12-08-07, 06:58 PM
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I dont believe there is a 'rule of thumb' for this. I thinks its a matter of taste and how a mantle fits into your space and decor.
Try on of the links on this page opens for ideas/suggestions.
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I had only a board, about 1.5" thick x 6" deep x 66" long over my f/p and I framed it out with some nice crown and trim to make it 3" x 8.5" x 70" long. Not a major increase buy it dressed it up quite nicely and fit with the stone facing and mirror above.
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My height was already predetermined from what was there before, 15.5" above the orig opening (which was orig wood burning), but now its gas and 20.5" to the top of the gas insert. (Decorative trim around the insert).
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What kind of f/p is there... - wood, gas. That might make a difference..!?!?
Perhaps some others more informed could add..
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Thumbs up Fireplace mantle shelf

The fireplace was wood burning, converted to gas (before gas sky-rocketed!). It is the 'old-fashioned' brick (not an insert) off white color.

Thank you for the suggestions you gave. I'll try the links.
 
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Ours too, is/was the Old fashion brick FP.. hearth, flue and I believe, cinder block chase up and out..
The Insert was placed in the original setting/set up/'box', with dual flexi ducting up thru the chase for a 'direct vent' gas insert, ie, a one duct for air intack and a seperate duct for exhust.. (since it, the FP is 'near' our furnace this worked the best for out environment...) -
Im not sure if you can see this...but try..
http://hometown.aol.ca/TJTRICARICO/P...l+Cap+-rough-1
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This may give you some perspective...!?!?
 
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I get gibberish from the link......

Could you check to se if correct?....or maybe my lack of computer savy!

Thanks for all the info everyone.

Happy Holidays!
 
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Thanks! Unfortunately, still gibberish!
 
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Originally Posted by Martiki View Post
I have a fireplace with no mantle or mantle shelf. It is surrounded by brick. I believe a mantle shelf would improve it's looks, but I don't know the 'rule of thumb' for how long the mantle shelf should be, nor the heigth from the top of the fireplace opening. Can you help?
See Fig 1087 here:

http://www.nemmar.com/real-estate-Ph...eplaces-2.html
 
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Thanks Michael.
 
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I built a mantle for a fire place that was brick up to the old mantle and then sheet rock the rest of the way up to the ceiling. I removed the old mantle and then covered the brick around the fireplace opening and hearth with tile. I then bought oak plywood and made a cover for the rest of the brick up to the new mantle. I then ran more plywood up the wall to cover the sheet rock. The house has 9' ceilings and I finished the mantle with a red mahogany stain with a top coat of lacquer.

I posted this to give you another idea other than just a mantle. This mantle is about 5' from the floor and this is a lot easier to build than you would think.



Hope this gives you some ideas to try something new.
 
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Hi Martiki
One thing I haven't seen mentioned here. There are specific requirements for how close you can have combustible mat'l to the firebox. I don't know the exact numbers, but its like, for every 1" protrusion, you need 2" of height above the opening. Thats just an example, I know thats not the right ratio.

You don't want a nice mantle that just gets blackened by heat, and could be a fire hazard.

Good Luck
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Old 12-23-07, 09:31 AM
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Check the link Michael Thomas posted...
See Fig 1087 here:

http://www.nemmar.com/real-estate-Ph...eplaces-2.html
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This show dimensions
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This is what I did with mine...pre stained.
 
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Thank you all for suggestions and pictures.

Kirk, you may say it isn't that complicated, but you can't imagine how "unhandy" my husband and I are!

Gunguy, thanks for the important info about the height. I will check that out before i have anything done

Jatco, it seems my computer is absolutely jinxed...I can't open that link!!

Season's Greetings to you all!!
 
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Old 12-23-07, 09:49 AM
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Kirk, you may say it isn't that complicated, but you can't imagine how "unhandy" my husband and I are!

Gunguy, thanks for the important info about the height. I will check that out before i have anything done

Jatco, it seems my computer is absolutely jinxed...I can't open that link!!

Season's Greetings to you all!!
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Try to click on the link in Michael Thomas' post (#8).
 
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Hi jatco,

Ahh, i should have checked the links further down. I just saw kjwoodworkings job, and thats what jumpstarted my thinking. His is beautiful, but it sure looks like the wood is awful close to the firebox.

Love the stonework on yours jatco, was that pre-existing? or did you do that too?

That would look great in my family room, of course, I'd have to have a fireplace, and chimney, and wood to burn, and... and...

btw...I couldn't open your link either, had to go to MT's

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Try to click on the link in Michael Thomas' post (#8).
That worked for me....thanks!
 
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Old 12-23-07, 10:16 AM
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That worked for me....thanks!
You're welcome.
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GunGuy45 -
Thanks...
We did the stonework ourselves and added the slate..- a few years ago. The reno to the whole front rooms of the house was done in 2005.
Before the stone was that 'faux' Z-brick stuff that stuck on..which was on old brick. Looked Ugly.
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Best to you all, too, for 2008
 
 

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