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Postby russellfl » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:52 am


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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Postby stoneyboy » Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:30 pm

Provided the mantelshelf is outside the hearth recess you should be OK.
You should not use timber as a lintol for the hearth opening.
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