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Use of marble as hearth material

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Stella, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Stella

    Stella Member

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    A friend of mine in Southern Greece likes my stove (Supra Mulhouse) so much he is intending to install the same, taking out his chimney breast where there is a big open fireplace and removing his existing hearth. He plans to put a piece of marble under and in front of the stove. My experience with a marble mantelpiece is that burn marks will show if any wood falls out of the stove and also that the marble will turn brownish in very high temps. Does anyone else have any experience of the use of marble which by the way is relatively inexpensive in this country? I should hate my friend to make a mistake with what will be a costly and time-consuming project.

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  2. Hardrockmaple

    Hardrockmaple Feeling the Heat

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    I have marble tile around my stove, used as ember protection. After 12 years of use I have no complaints. The dog hates it though.
  3. Stella

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    Why, does your dog have a cold bottom on the marble or does he just not like the smooth surface?
  4. Hardrockmaple

    Hardrockmaple Feeling the Heat

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    It's the smooth, slippery surface he hates. Avoids it at all costs, which means he has to sleep further away from the stove.
  5. Marble Man

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    I love to see marble or limestone as fireplace surround. But like any stone material, it will stain with the smoke and or soot. The lighter the marble or other type of stone, the more visible the staining. This type of staining is very difficult to remove, sometimes we have to sand and repolish

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