We've pulled away a hideous brick/gas construction to uncover the original fireplace, which is small but looks like it's been well-used in the past.
My dad says they are designed to be built out from the wall as well in order to have the proper depth. Can anyone corroborate this? If so, is there anything specific we need to know like depths, materials, etc? I want to ensure it sucks the smoke out properly!
Our original hope was to install a nice piece of chunky oak or some other wood into the wall just above, but I'm worried about the safety of this. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. We currently have builders in who can do the work, but they have never done a fireplace before.