I am in the process of building a brick fireplace in my bungalow to hold a woodburning stove. I would like to use a railway sleeper as a mantle shelf, does anyone know if it will need fireproofing or not. I want to use a new oak sleeper if possible, the timber will be about 2 feet (60CM) above the stove and 14 inches (35cm) forward of the flue. Any advice will be appreciated
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