Whether you learn how to build a fireplace mantel or purchase one here, you need to consider how it will be installed to your fireplace.
- Attach a 2X4 or a appropriately sized piece of wood to the back flat of the mantel.
- Attach enclosed brackets provided to 2X4 spaced to fit over studs in wall.
- Raise mantel to desired height [check local building codes] and screw the brackets to the studs in the wall
- If you have support logs, they are decorative only.
- Cover your mantel with plastic before starting any rock work around it.
How To Mount Log Mantle to Masonry Fireplace
- Determine location of the flue for fireplace. Do not drill holes within 12 inches of either side.
- Determine height of mantle. Stay 20″ minimum from top of fireplace doors or opening to firebox, or check with your local Building Inspector.
- Drill two holes in fireplace with masonry bit (3/4″), approximately 4″ deep.
- Put 2-3 ounces high temperature silicone into the holes and place 10″ reddy bolt into holes.
- Place mantle at desired level, mark holes in flat side, and drill with 3/4″ wood bit. Push mantle onto bolts with 2-3 ounces high temperature silicone in each hole.
- Mount a 2×4, 12 inches shorter than the length of the mantle, to the back of the mantle.
- From the hardware store, buy two or three metal plates (1/8x1x8 inch) and a dozen 3-inch wood screws.
- Mount the plates to the 2×4 spaced to fit the studs in the wall.
- Hold the mantle up to the desired height and screw to the wall.
- Placed cultured stone around the mantle