Any reason NOT to use ceramic tile for fireplace surround on a zero clearance fireplace?

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New Member
Nov 11, 2022
Boston, MA, USA
Hi, all -

We are in the process of having a Napoleon High Country NZ5000 zero clearance wood burning fireplace installed, and looking into options for facing the fireplace surround. Given the age of style of our home (1902 Colonial Revival), we are drawn to ceramic tiles (2"x 6"). Are there any practical or safety based reasons why we shouldn't go this route? Thanks so much for any help you can give! Pic below for an idea of what we are thinking of.


Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
South Puget Sound, WA
No problem. Tile on cement board is a common treatment. Just don't use an adhesive to mount the tiles. Use a latex-modified thinset.
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